Last Saturday night at UFC 161 in his promotion debut, James Krause beat Sam Stout via Guillotine, earning FIght of the Night and Submission of the Night performance bonuses, totalling $100,000. However, bonuses are not disbursed until after drug tests are returned. And although Krause has never taken an iillegal drug, he is sweating bullets.
"Yes, I am sweating it, but no, I've never done an illegal drug in my entire life," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "But I'm sweating it. To me, that's a life-changing amount of money. I'm worried about the damn multivitamin I took on Friday or Monday or whatever. I'm worried about the protein bar that I had. It's just such a life-changing amount for me that I'm worried about the gallon of water and if it had something in it."
"You just get paranoid. But I should have absolutely nothing to worry about."
"I want to be smart about this and set myself up for success later on. It may not be that long. I may go on to be a lightweight champion one day, or I may go 0-2 in my next two and get booted."
"I so felt like I belonged there, the entire time. I felt like that was where I had been. That felt like my 16th fight in the UFC, not his. ... I made a decision at one point in that day that I just wasn't going to go home that day a loser. It was my night, and I was on."
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