17 November 2019 04:41
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Sergio Moraes of Brazil and James Krause of the United States face off during the UFC Fight Night Blachowicz v Jacare Weigh-Ins at Ibirapuera Gymnasium on November 15, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Minnesota's playoff hopes die in Iowa but Gophers have plenty to be proud of Minnesota's playoff hopes die in Iowa but Gophers have plenty to be proud of by John Buhler Georgia clinches right to be sacrificial lamb for LSU in SEC Championship Game Georgia clinches right to be sacrificial lamb for LSU in SEC Championship Game by John Buhler James Krause won his second consecutive fight as a welterweight when he out-worked Sergio Moraes on his way to a third-round knockout. James Krause defeated Sergio Moraes via KO, Round 3 – 4:19 at UFC Sao Paulo on Saturday, Nov.16 live from the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Krause left the Brazilian crowd quiet as he out-worked and out-struck Moraes on his way to a beautiful knockout in the final minute of the fight. "Since I started in this sport, I've always wanted to stand in this arena in Sao Paulo and hear you Brazilians say that I'm going to die," joked Krause following his victory over the hometown favorite.
Here's how the fight played out. The round began with Moraes immediately shooting and finishing a single leg takedown into side control. Moraes held the position for nearly two full minutes before Krause scrambled to top position and inside Moraes' closed guard. Moraes attempted a deep half guard sweep that prompted Krause to escape back to his feet. Back on the feet, Krause pressured Moraes as he peppered Moraes' lead leg with low kicks. The round ended with Moraes attempting a takedown along the fence. Krause started the second round with confidence on the feet, talking to Moraes. Krause appeared to have the cleaner technique and out-land Moraes through the first half of the round. With Moraes exhausted, Krause landed a punch combination that dropped Moraes, but Krause beckons Moraes back to the feet. Shortly thereafter, Moraes again dropped to his back after eating a punch, but Krause refused to follow the fight to the mat. With less than thirty seconds left in the round, Krause landed a flying knee followed by a flurry of punches to again drop Moraes, capping a huge round for the American fighter. Round 3 The final round began with Krause again pressuring Moraes as he peppered him with strikes. Moraes landed a pair of looping counter strikes that briefly invigorated the Brazilian crowd. Unfazed, Krause continued to land light punches nearly at-will. Moraes attempted a takedown attempt laid flat on his back, inviting Krause to the mat. Krause refused and continued to out-punch Moraes by a wide margin on the feet. With about 45 seconds remaining, Krause landed a flush right hand to the jaw of Moraes, melting Moraes over his own knee, prompting an immediate referee stoppage. Krause came into this fight riding a three-fight win streak, and this was his second consecutive bout at welterweight. The 33-year old Krause debuted in the UFC in 2013. Moraes was coming off two straight losses and had dropped three of his last five. UFC Sao Paulo took place on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, live from the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your live results and highlights.