Thanks to his viral knockout of Impa Kasanganay at UFC Fight Night 179, Joaquin Buckley has been getting plenty of shine this past week.
However, James Krause is not so enamored of the man known as “New Mansa.” Krause’s animosity stems from an interaction when Buckley attempted to train at Glory MMA & Fitness last summer. While Krause gives Buckley respect for his spectacular KO, he believes people have a false sense of who he truly is.
“The dude’s a clown, man,” Krause said following a victory over Claudio Silva at UFC Fight Night 180 on Saturday. “Listen, this dude – people just know him from his viral video, for his viral knockout. (It was a) beautiful knockout. I’m not going to rag on that. The dude’s a s--tbox. He’s from my neck of the woods and all he does is sit on social media and talk s--t all day.
“He called me to come train and I told him to get f---d. I don’t want that type of culture in my gym, I don’t need that type of culture. No. He took offense to it, and it is what it is. And he can get it, too.”
Krause, who normally competes at welterweight, has won seven of his last eight UFC appearances following his triumph over Silva. His lone loss came to Trevin Giles in a short-notice middleweight bout at UFC 247. The 34-year-old would be willing to move up in weight again for a matchup with Buckley.
“I’ll go back up to middleweight and whoop his ass,” Krause said. “I don’t give a f---. Normally I need only 24 hours to go up to middleweight. He can get it, though. We can figure this out no problem. I know he’s got a fight set, but I’ll go back up middleweight for that. No problem. Easy work.”
Buckley is currently slated to square off against Jordan Wright at UFC 255 on Nov. 21.
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