Molina Accused Of ‘Substantial Involvement’ In UFC Betting Scandal

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight Jeff Molina was slapped with a temporary suspension from combat sports just last month, giving Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) a little extra time to get its ducks in a row.

“El Jefe” has not competed since decisioning Zhalgas Zhumagulov last June.

At today’s (Tues., Jan. 17) assembly in Las Vegas, the commission upheld that suspension and accused Molina of having “substantial involvement” in the MMA betting scandal that rocked the fight community in early November, according to ESPN.

Molina, 25, was released by the promotion shortly thereafter.

Also suspended (and under investigation) are Molina’s coach and suspected mastermind, James Krause, and former UFC featherweight Darrick Minner. It was Minner’s questionable loss at UFC Vegas 64 — and the corresponding betting lines — that initially raised red flags.

Minner, 32, was subsequently released by UFC.

In addition to the NSAC probe, federal authorities are now investigating the Minner fight and some of its major players. It was later revealed that Krause, a former UFC fighter, also worked as an agent for the offshore sportsbook ABCBetting.ag.

No word yet on when NSAC expects to complete its ongoing investigation.

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