Bryan Caraway petitioned UFC President Dana White to raise the bonus awards from 50 grand to 65 at UFC 159, and now nearly three weeks later, the bantamweight’s work has paid off. Caraway has been awarded “Submission of the Night” honors for his third round, guillotine choke win over Johnny Bedford on April 27th. The original winner Pat Healy, as you probably know by now, has been stripped of the honor after testing positive for marijuana.
It’s not the conventional way to get awarded a bonus, sure, but is Caraway happy about the unexpected accolade? Of course. The bantamweight told MMA Junkie.com “I couldn’t be more happy and it was an insanely pleasant surprise.”
Caraway was also relayed that although he used to train with Healy, and that he “likes him a lot”, he has “no remorse” about receiving that big check. Caraway furthered that:
“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.”
Chances are Healy’s not too big a fan of weed right now either. The well rounded fighter’s memorable, rear-naked-choke victory over perennial contender Jim Miller has also been overturned to a no-contest, and Healy will not receive his share of the “Fight of the Night” bonus either.
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