UFC 159's Bryan Caraway ecstatic with new bonus, blasts marijuana usage in MMA


bryan-caraway-9.jpgUFC 159 is actually the second time marijuana has impacted Bryan Caraway‘s professional MMA career, but the first in which it’s actually paid off.

At UFC 149, Caraway saw a $65,000 bonus slip through his hands when Matt Riddle tested positive for the drug. Although Caraway had the only other submission victory on the fight card, the promotion already had given Riddle the check.

There was a small consolation: He and opponent Mitch Gagnon earned a pair of $65,000 “Fight of the Night” checks.

But when the UFC changed its rules to withhold bonuses pending drug-test results, Caraway became the first beneficiary when lightweight Pat Healy‘s fight-night bonuses from the April 27 pay-per-view event were taken away after he tested positive for pot.

With the only other submission win of the night – a third-round guillotine choke of Johnny Bedford (19-10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the FX-televised prelims – Caraway (18-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was awarded one of Healy’s $65,000 checks.

Considering he haggled for a raise beforehand, upping the payouts by $15,000, he won even bigger.

“I couldn’t be more happy, and it was an insanely pleasant surprise,” said Caraway, who told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he got a call from UFC President Dana White late Tuesday night to inform him of the news.

One thing Caraway isn’t feeling is guilt over taking the extra money, which he said marked the most lucrative payday of his career. Some MMA observers have offered sharp criticism of the size of Healy’s garnishment relative to his crime, but Caraway, who hails from pot-legal Washington state, feels the decision is just.

“All I’ve got to say is that’s some expensive weed,” he said. “I like Healy a lot. I came up through the fighting ranks with him. We used to train together at Team Quest. I love the guy. But I have absolutely zero remorse or guilt.

“I hate weed. I cannot stand it. I’ve never tried it. I’ve never smoked a drug in my life. So I have absolutely zero tolerance for people that do it. I don’t care if it’s legal in some places or not. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. Whether it’s legal in real life or not, they tell you to follow the rules. You need to follow the rules.”

Caraway invested and bought a Corvette with his UFC 149 bonus money, but this time around, he said he will save the money for a down payment on a house.

The 28-year-old hasn’t always been favored by MMA fans, who’ve taken jabs at him and his relationship with girlfriend and fellow UFC fighter Miesha Tate. He was blasted for threatening on Twitter to break the arm of UFC champ (and Tate rival) Ronda Rousey when she said she could beat him up. But as of late, his fortunes seem to be changing.

The call to fight at UFC 159 came five days before the event when an injury forced Erik Perez to withdraw. Caraway cut in excess of 20 pounds to make the bantamweight limit and said afterward that he will never cut that much again.

But now, it’s clear he made the right choice.

“It was the best five-day decision I’ve ever made,” Caraway said. “There’s going to be haters in this sport, but I know I’m a genuinely good person, and I know that’s eventually going to shine through. People are going to start seeing my character and that I’m a tough dude. It does feel good to get recognition. It’s welcoming.”

As for when he fights next, Caraway said he’s strongly considering surgeries for his shoulder and his knee, but he also wants to stay active.

“I don’t want to get my shoulder surgery because I know it’s going to put me out for three, four, five, possibly six months, and that scares me,” he said. “I’ve fought all my UFC fights with my shoulder torn, so we’ll see what happens. I want to get back in there and fight soon, but Miesha is going to force me to get my shoulder fixed because she’s going to kick my butt, and I don’t want that.”

For complete coverage of UFC 159, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 23 days ago
  • 4 views

Jon Jones believes he already has the toughest resume in MMA history, and in 2015, you won't be able to argue that he isn't the greatest of all time. UFC 182 ended with Jon Jones getting his hand rai read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 173 views

UFC interim heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum is unhappy with Jon Jones' comments about him, and is willing to take a UFC super-fight, or an 'old school' bout with no time limit. Shortly after Jon Jo read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

Swedish middleweight Mats Nilsson has elected to call it a career at 31 years old. read news >>

  • 14 hours ago
  • 5 views

Let's hop into the MMA time machine and go 10 years back to UFC 51, when Nick Diaz fought Drew Fickett on the opening preliminary card bout of the evening. Nick Diaz will be in the main event of UFC read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

Mairbek Taisumov has a new opponent for next month’s UFC on FOX 14 event in Sweden.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 26 views

MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC 182 headliner Daniel Cormier, who will look to overcome light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jone read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 8 views

Four-time UFC veteran Isaac Vallie-Flagg today announced he’s no longer employed by the sport’s largest promotion.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

Consider it a postponement. Burgeoning women's MMA talent Holly Holm was supposed to meet Raquel Pennington in her UFC debut earlier this month. That didn't happen when Holm injured her neck. But tha read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

One of the biggest questions regarding the MMA career of Phil Brooks, better known by his ring name of CM Punk, was what gym he would join ahead of his UFC debut. Well, we have the answer. According read news >>