MMA Mania's Brian Hemmingerspoke to James Krause who submitted Sam Stout at UFC 161 on Saturday and took home the Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses. The UFC newcomer still can't quite believe what's happened:
Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com): What was it like watching the rest of the fight card knowing you had a good chance of walking away with these big bonuses?
James Krause: I didn't even really, it didn't hit me until the main event that this is quite possible I could have another 50 or 100 thousand dollars coming my way. My teammates right afterwards were telling me, "That's Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night!" and I blew it off saying, "Sure man, whatever," and then the night kept going and the odds started leaning in my favor. It still hasn't really hit me that I won those bonuses.
I still have to pass the drug test. I haven't taken an illegal drug in my entire life but all I keep thinking about is, "What if I somehow fail this drug test?" I've never smoked anything in my life and I'm worried about this test. It's unreal. It hasn't clicked for me and I don't know if it ever will that this is really happening.
Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com): In your immediate post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani, he brought up the fact that you could still be on the hook for some bonuses and you said it would be incredible life changing money. So, now that you've won it, how much is $100,000 going to change things for you?
James Krause: Let's face it. Two weeks ago I wasn't even in the UFC and now I have over $100,000 in my bank account? It doesn't even make sense to me. It's crazy. I've worked so hard to get here and the things that I always knew could happen are finally starting to happen. It's just so surreal and awesome.