On April 15, 2010 at Bellator 14, James Krause was submitted by Toby Imada in the second round by way of armbar, which halted the momentum of Krause’s run following his release from the WEC promotion.

But that was almost three years ago, and Krause has gone 7-1 since losing to Imada.

Whenever a fighter loses a fight, the desire to even the score in a rematch always lingers. On Jan. 18, Krause gets his chance. He will fight Imada for the second time in the main event of Resurrection Fighting Alliance 6, live on AXS TV.

When the promotion approached Krause with the offer of a rematch with Imada, the WEC veteran could not turn down the opportunity to avenge one of his four losses.

Krause has his arm raised in victory (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

“It was a fight I really wanted back,” Krause told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “I lost to him before after a huge weight cut, and I want it back.”

When two men have fought one another before, there’s a sense of familiarity. And, in most cases, there’s also footage of the the first fight to watch and study in preparation for the second meeting. However, Krause hasn’t laid eyes on the film. Instead, he has opted to start from scratch.

“I’m not even going to think back to the first time we fought,” Krause confessed. “I’m just going to go out and have fun like I have been. I took the fight on five days’ notice and had to cut 33 pounds in five days, and obviously I don’t have that this time. He’s fighting a different guy this time.”

Normally, the Lee’s Summit, Mo., native stays put for his training camp at Grindhouse MMA, but for this camp, Krause got a call to train a little farther north in Milwaukee at one of the top gyms in the country, Roufusport MMA.

Krause traveled to Milwaukee for a week to train with one of the top UFC lightweights, Anthony Pettis, along with head trainer Duke Roufus and other talented fighters.

“They’re all tough strikers up there,” said Krause. “Anthony [Pettis] actually invited me up to help him get ready for [Donald] Cerrone, and I took him up on that. Obviously, I got some great work in the process of doing it, so it helped both of us out and worked real well.”

It’s difficult to name someone on a better roll outside the UFC than Krause, who has won his last six fights.

“I don’t really look at the win streak as anything important. I think it’s just goal setting,” stated Krause. “My main goal is to get to the UFC, and I guess that’s kind of the goal I have to do to get there. I’m just trying to work my way back there, having fun, and it’s been working for me. Just trying to get back in the groove and get back to where I think I belong.”

Krause (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

After Krause’s last fight with the RFA, in which he defeated Joe Jordan by third-round submission, the 26-year-old delivered a memorable post-fight interview. Krause sent out a message to the UFC, saying, “Joe Silva, give me a call sometime buddy.”

So, did the UFC matchmaker Silva pick up the phone and dial Krause’s number?

Indeed, he did.

“They called me to fight Yves Edwards a few UFC events back and I took the fight, but they ended up giving it to Jeremy Stevens instead,” explained Krause. “After this fight, I’m basically going to wait ’em out and see how it goes. If I get one win here, I’m pretty sure I’m back in.”

One more win could potentially open the door to the UFC for Krause. He knows what could lie ahead of him, but he must first take out his opponent on Friday. Krause believes his possible final fight with RFA will be a tough task, but he’s convinced that he will overcome in the end.

“I think it’s going to be a tough fight. I see myself winning a pretty decisive decision.”

James would like to thank Grindhouse MMA and Roufusport for getting him ready for the fight. Follow him on Twitter: @TheJamesKrause

Top Photo: James Krause (second from left) celebrates with his team (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

About The Author

Corey Adams
Staff Writer

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.