Due to a multitude of fight cancellations, for a myriad of reasons, Cheyanne Buys found herself in the co-main event slot of UFC Vegas 33 last night. There the strawweight, who was only making his second UFC appearance, was paired with Gloria de Paula.
Buys maximized his moment in the spotlight with a sensational header and finish on de Paula, earning his first UFC card victory. By beating de Paula, the 26-year-old also got a performance of $ 50,000 from the night bonus.
During the post-fight press conference, Buys spoke about how important this amount of money would be to his life and career in the cage.
“Seven weeks ago I decided to take a big risk and abandon my house and everything in it in Dallas, Texas,” Buys revealed (ht MMA Fight). “And I came here with my animals and my husband and we have a vehicle. We packed our car with a suitcase. We came here, we didn’t have a house, we didn’t have anything. I had to get a loan just to have a house and I knew coming here tonight that all my paycheck was 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 who said, “Look, you’re going to have to go bankrupt for a little while just to get something good out of it.” I knew I had to do it and I feel so happy.
Buys further stated that she entered the main event slot last night with a negative balance in her bank account. She also said her regular paycheck would be all but wiped out due to outstanding loans.
“And I agree with is,” she said. “I was fine if I won and that check was gone because I had made this move here and I knew this fight was going to be just for the move. It was the best decision my husband and I made in our career and just to get this bonus…
“I’ve been so broke my whole life because of this sport, but it’s worth it for me because I love the sport, but to get a $ 50,000 paycheck my husband is going to tell me to put it away, I’m definitely going to want to buy some nice things, but I like to buy a little stuff for the house and for my pets. I really like to spoil my family, but this week I’m definitely taking my team for a good dinner It sure is life changing, but I have to put some money aside and go out there and fight again.
After appearances in Invicta and LFA Buys was invited to participate in the Contender series in 2020. There she defeated Hilarie Rose to earn a chance in the promotion proper.
His full UFC debut was a wasted effort against Montserrat Ruiz. This fight featured an unusual amount of animosity and trashy talk. In the aftermath of this fight, Buys accused Ruiz of spitting on him. Ruiz denied this allegation.