UFC Vegas 20’s Kevin Croom: MMA is My Religion and James Krause is My Preacher

Only a day after the legendary Max Holloway’s standout performance at UFC Fight Island 7, which saw “Blessed” defeating Calvin Kattar, Kevin Croom stated that he may watch that fight every morning before going to train for his own hopeful master performance in February.

“We just saw the best to ever do it,” Croom began, speaking to Cageside Press recently. “I’m still in awe, I think I may watch that fight every morning for the rest of my camp.”

Croom is 1-0 in the UFC, although that turned into a “No Contest” for a positive marijuana test. Still, Croom showed up on short notice and played underdog to hyped up Roosevelt Roberts, coming away with his hand raised. And he believes that after performance he has planned against Alex Caceres, it’ll be hard to deny his chance at stardom in the sport.

“It’s an excellent fight for me,” Croom told us this week. “My fighting style matches up very well to beat him [Caceres]. I’ve been a fan of his for a while, he has a good name, and has been in the game a while,” Croom continued. “Taking out someone with a name, that is just one step closer to super stardom and that is where I’m going.”

Croom, currently standing at 21-12, is on a 3 fight win streak (really four with the win over Roberts) and has a strong team behind him, Glory MMA. Head coach James Krause is not only one of the top coaches in mixed martial arts, he is still a UFC contender with people calling him out left and right.

“MMA is my religion and that man [James Krause] is my preacher,” Croom stated. “I listen to everything he says; listening to him got me where I am. He told me in crisis there is opportunity, he had us all ready.”

Catch the full interview linked above as Croom, who is set to fight Alex Caceres on February 27 at UFC Vegas 20, discusses this weekend’s McGregor vs. Poirier card, the USADA marijuana decision, Glory MMA and more!