Yesterday was a rough one for fans of Pat Healy after the UFC lightweight revealed he’d tested positive for marijuana use after a UFC 159 win over Jim Miller and been punished as a result. In addition to having the victory changed to a No Contest, Healy also lost out on $130,000 in bonus money based on having scored Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night honors. However, Healy’s loss ultimately turned out to be another man’s gain, as Bryan Caraway received $65,000 for tapping Johnny Bedford out on the preliminary portion of the card.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the change on Twitter.
The 28-year Caraway spoke to MMAJunkie about the unexpected award, stating, “”All I’ve got to say is that’s some expensive weed.”
“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,” he continued. “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, whose finish of Bedford was the only other applicable victory at the event, improved his record to 18-6 with a last second Guillotine Choke. Sixteen of his other instances of in-ring success have featured some form of submission.
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