James Krause (13-4) will be making his fourth appearance of the year inside the cage Friday night at Titan Fighting Championships 20.
For Krause, one of the brightest stars in the red-hot Midwest mixed martial arts scene, this will mark not only his second fight in three weeks, but also his fourth fight after taking nearly a year off from the sport.
"I feel like I'm in really good shape right now," Krause told Bleacher Report in a recent interview. "I'm having a lot of fun right now. I don't know what came over me, but I just want to get in there and fight."
In a previous interview with Krause, he stated that he stepped away from the sport following his loss to Toby Amada at Bellator 14 because it had come to the point where competing was not fun anymore. After his prior comments were brought to his attention, Krause noted that the time away from the sport may have been a very good thing for his career moving forward.
"Yeah, now that you mention it," Krause said when asked if the layoff was good for his career, "I don't know what the deal is now, but as soon as I'm done with one fight, I'm ready for another. I'm having a lot of fun with it."
On Friday night at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS, Krause will be taking on the hard-hitting Sean Wilson (30-16). Despite the fact that Krause will have a strong advantage when it comes to the ground game, James will be looking to stand and trade with Wilson.
"He's what you call a banger. He likes to come out and throw a heavy overhand right and left hook. He tends to knock people out. He really comes out swinging," Krause said.
"I plan on standing with this guy until I don't need to or I feel uncomfortable. I've been working on my boxing a lot, so I don't see why not.
"I don't feel that he is a superior striker to me. I don't fear his striking at all...I want to put on a good show for the fans."
Wilson will be the most experienced fighter Kraus has faced thus far in his career. But for Krause, that observation never crossed his mind.
"I don't pay any attention to that [expletive]," Krause said.
You can catch James Krause in action Friday night on HDNet starting at 10:00 p.m. EDT. You can also catch two other hot Midwest prospects on the card as heavyweight Alex Huddleson and lightweight Anthony "Shark Bait" Guiterrez will be looking to keep their perfect professional records in tact.
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