UFC St. Louis RESULTS: James Krause defeats Alex White in Battle of Missourians

Sunday night’s UFC Fight Night: St. Louis card featured a preliminary card headliner between exciting lightweight veterans James Krause (25-8, 6-3) and Alex White (12-4, 3-4 UFC).  Unusually, it was a homecoming of sorts for both fighters.  “The” James Krause, while not born in Missouri, has lived and trained in Lee’s Summit for most of his professional career.  Alex “The Spartan” White, on the other hand, was born in Tuscumbia, Missouri and now trains in Farmington.  It’s safe to say both fighters received notable applause upon having their names announced by Bruce Buffer.

After losing to eventual competition winner Jesse Taylor, Krause was last seen defeating Tom Gallicchio at the Ultimate Fighter Finale in July.  Krause cruised to an fairly easy three-round decision against the fan favorite Dan Henderson protégé.

Conversely, Alex White had not fought since September when he knocked out Mitch Clarke at UFC 215 in Edmonton.  White looked to make it three wins in four bouts against James Krause.

The first round began with Alex White getting the better of James Krause on the feet, for the short period of time the bout stayed there.  Krause was quickly able secure a double leg takedown.  The bout would remain on the ground for the rest of the round.

The second round was more of the same– Alex White having success on the feet, just to be taken down by James Krause.

At the start of the third round, White, was most likely knowing he was down two round to zero– the Spartan’s” game plan was indicative of this.  In the opening seconds, White charged Krause, connecting with a number of big shots and even dropping Krause at one point.  White’s success was short lived, however.  James Krause pulled guard and eventually turned it into top position.  The round (and fight) ended with Krause raining down some big shots on the skull of Alex White.

 

RESULT: James Krause def. Alex White by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

 

 

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