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UFC announces partner to monitor fight betting activity

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In the middle of investigating a potential fight fix, the UFC has announced a partner to monitor betting activity in its fights.

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The UFC announced Thursday that American Integrity is the promotion’s official integrity service. A press release said the company would be “able to identify and analyze unusual betting activity as an indication of potential integrity concerns.”

The deal runs throughout 2023 and covers all UFC fights, including those under the UFC-branded Dana White’s Contender Series.

US Integrity is a Las Vegas-based company that “detects and discourages fraud, match fixing, game manipulation, and other unethical or illegal betting-related activities,” according to its website. Among its clients are Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and major college conferences.

“There is no greater responsibility we have to our athletes, fans, and business partners than to ensure the integrity of our sport,” UFC Executive Vice President and General Counsel Richie T. McKnight said in a statement. “U.S. Integrity will help us enhance our current best practices by applying their expertise in data intelligence to proactively identify irregular betting patterns. This information can inform the UFC’s response and can be proactively shared with sportsbooks, who can make informed decisions about whether to Whether to stop betting on a specific match or not.

The November 5 fight between Darek Miner and Shaylan Nordenbeck is the center of a major investigation by multiple agencies, including at the federal level. An unusual amount of betting came on Nuerdanbieke in the late bet, including props for Nuerdanbieke to finish the fight and win in less than half a round. It soon emerged that Miner had hurt his leg in the first round and was finished shortly after by the blows.

In the aftermath of the match, several North American gaming commissions Betting on UFC events has stopped when the investigations began. Minner was released from his contract and the UFC in December banned its fighters From bonding with Krause or training in his gym. Another Krause fighter, Jeff Molina, who was scheduled for a fight on January 14, Later he was suspended and releasedlike that

Krause hasn’t commented yet, but a report he posted a week ago ESPN Krause said he has worked as an agent for ABCBetting.ag since at least 2019 and has provided a line of credit, referral kickbacks and received payments through Venmo or Paypal for his in-game betting tips.

Before implementing the anti-bet language in the UFC’s Code of Conduct for Fighters, which was edited in OctoberKrause admitted to betting on fights, even the ones he was involved in (per MMA watch). Krause has stated that he has taken charge of the accounts of other bettors, which is seen as a possible way to evade betting limits.

Krause described the podcast as the “1% Club,” which discussed picks, predictions, and bets. He had a subscription-based “1% Club” chat group on the social platform Discord. According to the report Thursday, Molina has been a part of Discord and encouraged others to join.

Molina wrote, “He’s trained with a lot of fighters, lives and breathes the sport as a trainer/fighter, and sometimes has a head start on injuries – unannounced matches – what fighters look like in camp, etc.” in the group. “In stocks it’s called insider trading, in MMA betting it’s called James Krause. For the past six months all my bills including mortgage and car note have been paid via Krause’s picks. Do yourself a favor and join VIP.”

McKnight said the UFC continued to strengthen its position after revelations of investigations and alleged wrongdoing.

“We’ve made improvements to our UFC Athlete Conduct Policy to more clearly express the prohibition on any UFC athlete from placing any bets directly or through a third party on any UFC match, including placing bets on themselves,” said McKnight. “We have also expanded our discussion of so-called “UFC insiders” to make it clear that these same prohibitions against betting apply to athletic trainers, managers, therapists, athletic trainers, and other individuals affiliated with the athletes or the UFC, and that violations committed by these insiders may lead to action. Disciplinary action against contracted athletes.

“Finally, we reiterated our expectation that contract athletes will come to us to report any matters that may raise integrity concerns. We thank the AGCO for their cooperation, and we look forward to continuing to work with them to ensure the integrity of our sport for the benefit of our athletes and fans.”

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