James Krause ‘sweating’ pending 100k in bonuses
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.”