Earlier this week Brian Caraway learned that he would be $65,000 richer after Pat Healy tested positive for marijuana metabolites in his submission of the night win over Jim Miller. Caraway, who submitted Johnny Bedford on the card as well, was subsequently given the bonus and it was taken away from Healy.
Although Caraway holds no ill-will towards Healy, he also doesn't feel bad about taking his bonus:
"I couldn't be more happy, and it was an insanely pleasant surprise," said Caraway, who told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he got a call from UFC President Dana White late Tuesday night to inform him of the news.
One thing Caraway isn't feeling is guilt over taking the extra money, which he said marked the most lucrative payday of his career. Some MMA observers have offered sharp criticism of the size of Healy's garnishment relative to his crime, but Caraway, who hails from pot-legal Washington state, feels the decision is just.
"All I've got to say is that's some expensive weed," he said. "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.
"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."
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