Cheyanne Buys admitted the $50,000 bonus she received after her win against Gloria de Paula is life-changing having been ‘broke my whole life’.
In just 60 seconds, a tremendous headkick landed for Buys inside the UFC Apex and she followed it up with a devastating display of ground and pound.
Buys’ debut in March was a rather lacklustre affair as she was dominated on the ground against Montserrat Ruiz.
Yet her sensational KO has earned her a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus and it meant the absolute world to her.
“I just found out two seconds ago I got Performance of the Night, so yeah, it’s pretty surreal,” Buys said at the post-event press conference.
“Seven weeks ago I decided to make a big risk and just ditch my house and everything in it in Dallas, Texas, and I came here with my animals and my husband and we have one vehicle.
“We packed up our car with one suitcase. We came here, we didn’t have a house, we had nothing. I had to get a loan just to get a house and I knew coming in here tonight that my whole paycheck was just going to go back to that loan.
“I took a big risk to get a big reward and I can’t thank [enough] my team, my husband, my family because they were the ones that said, ‘Listen, you’re going to have to go broke for a little bit just to get something good out of this.’
“I knew I had to do it and I just feel so happy.”
Under the watchful eye of Eric Nicksick at the Las Vegas’ Xtreme Couture gym, having trained with Fortis Gym in Texas before her debut five months ago.
Having delivered such a dynamic display, ‘The Warrior Princess’ admitted the thought of having a heavily inflated income made her almost giddy with excitement.
“I am negative in my account right now,” Buys added. “So it’s going to make a big difference.
“My whole paycheck is I have to pay back $15,000 for a loan I got from a few people, so I made 10 and 10 for my win and show so that $20,000 was just gone.
“And I’m okay with is, I was okay if I won and that check was gone because I made that move out here and I knew that this fight was just going to be for the move. It was the best decision me and my husband made for our careers and just to get that bonus…
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“I’ve been so broke my whole life because of this sport but it’s so worth it to me because I love this sport, but to get a $50,000 paycheck, my husband’s going to tell me to put it away, I’m definitely going to want to buy some nice stuff, but I like to buy a little bit of things for the house and for my animals.
“I really like to spoil my family, but this week I’m definitely taking my team to go get a nice dinner. It’s life-changing for sure, but I’ve got to put the money away and just go out there and fight again.”