Over the last two months, the Resurrection Fighting Alliance promotion has made many changes to its organization to further build upon its rising growth in popularity. On Oct. 13, RFA acquired the Titan Fighting Championship promotion, which will allow RFA to broadcast its fights on AXS TV, starting this Friday when RFA puts on its fourth event.

One of the main figures in the organization is James Krause, who competed in the first event back in 2011 and has been with RFA ever since. Krause is really excited to see the improvements the organization is making, and is proud that the RFA has allowed him to fight under its banner along the way.

“I think it’s awesome that RFA really has stepped their game up. They’re taking the necessary steps to be a major player in the game,” Krause told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “It’s awesome for them to bring me along for the ride. They could’ve picked a ton of people better than me to put on this show, and it’s really cool that they picked me.”

Krause also added concerning the promotion, “It’s a great group of people. These guys really care about us and it shows. I don’t have a bad thing to say about RFA.”

Krause (Resurrection Fighting Alliance)

Another move the promotion made was naming well-known manager Ed Soares as its president. Soares manages some of the best Brazilians in the sport of mixed martial arts, but now he will be in control of marketing and promoting his own promotion. Adding Soares is a big move, but Krause believes Soares will help contribute to the RFA’s growth.

“I’m sure he’s got a very extensive business knowledge with him managing all these top-level guys, and is going to bring a lot of money-making opportunities to the table for RFA,” Krause said. “I’m sure he’s going to bring in a lot of talent from Brazil, including the guy I’m fighting, which is one of his guys. He can’t do anything bad, I don’t think. I think he’s going to provide opportunities for RFA and keep that going.”

Indeed, the opponent for Krause on Friday night at RFA 4 in Las Vegas will be a fighter managed by Soares. Krause will take on Guilherme Trindade, who will make his U.S. debut, looking to improve his record to 9-0. Even though Trindade has an impressive streak going in Brazil, Krause believes it will be a mismatch once the cage door shuts.

“I think he’s relatively inexperienced. I got 20 professional fights, I think, now, and about the same amateur wise, so I’m pushing between 40-50 fights. I don’t even think he had any amateur fights, and even if he did, it really doesn’t matter. The facts are that his best opponent is 3-1,” declared Krause. “I can say I fought world-class guys and held my own. He hasn’t fought anyone near as good as me, but that doesn’t mean he’s not good. I’m ready for a world beater, that’s what I’ve been training for, so anything less is going to be his problem, not mine.”

When it comes to styles, Krause and Trindade are similar in how both love finishing fights early on. With that said, Krause has an invitation for his adversary to come out aggressive.

“Welcome to the cliche, so am I,” Krause answered when discussing his opponent’s fast starts. “Let’s get it going. The way I see it, this fight ain’t going out of the first round, and the question is, who’s going to win?”

“I think I’m going to submit him in round one. Guillotine or some kind of head and arm choke is what I’m calling.”

On Friday, Krause will make his third appearance inside the RFA cage. Krause is currently signed to a multi-fight deal, but with a win over Trindade, another option may open up for the 26-year-old.

“I have a UFC out in it if the UFC would ever want to pick me up. The UFC told me I needed five wins to get back in, [and] this is win number five if I get this one,” explained Krause. “But you know, I’m on record with RFA. Right now, I don’t have any plans on leaving them, even after a win. They treat me really well, and I can stay active with these guys and not have to worry about getting shelved or anything like that.”

Krause (R) battles at RFA 3 (Resurrection Fighting Alliance)

Krause has competed inside the Octagon on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, but has never had a stint with the UFC. Ask any fighter, and they’ll tell you their goal is to compete in front of millions of fans in the UFC. But Krause is shooting for the stars in hopes of becoming one of the well-known fighters in the sport.

“I think not just getting to the UFC, [but] staying in the UFC. I wanna be one of the guys that everybody knows. Obviously, we’re not trying to be mediocre in this, right? I hope to be world champion someday. I just gotta beat up everybody on the way there,” stated Krause.

But of course, Krause must first extend his win streak to five, and he will have a tough task in doing so against a dangerous Brazilian. Even with the bright UFC lights possibly in his sight, the 26-year-old is taking it one step at a time, and it starts on Friday.

“It’s a process. I’m obviously years away from that, so I gotta stay focused on this guy right in front of me. I can’t look past him, and I don’t even wanna talk about the future or anything like that. Right now, my future is next Friday with RFA in Vegas.”

James would like to thank Poster Boy Clothing, On the Mat Fight Shop, Tri-Coasta, Grindhouse MMA, and his training partners. Follow him on Twitter @TheJamesKrause

Top Photo: James Krause (Resurrection Fighting Alliance)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.