UFC bantamweight Kris Moutinho explained how much the life-changing $75,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus he earned at UFC 264 means to him.
Moutinho fought Sean O’Malley in what the oddsmakers viewed as a mismatch after the Portuguese-American took the fight on short notice for Louis Smolka. Despite being a heavy underdog in the fight, Moutinho put on a respectable performance as he was able to nearly go the full 15 minutes with one of the best bantamweights in the UFC. Although he didn’t get his hand raised, Moutinho earned a legion of new fans as he showed how tough and durable he was by almost going the distance with O’Malley.
Following the fight, both Moutinho and O’Malley were rewarded $75,000 each for “Fight of the Night,” and speaking to TMZ Sports, the UFC newcomer explained how much winning this FOTN bonus means.
“I’m extremely happy, man. It’s another step to taking care of my family and putting money into the right avenues to be able to take care of my family and never have to work another job, and just do this, the thing I love, for the rest of my life,” Moutinho said. “Because I love fighting, man. Fighting is what I love to do. Training is what I love to do. Being in the gym is what I love to do. It’s just another outlet to facilitate that growth and I’m just excited to improve for the next time you guys see me because I’m going to get another (FOTN bonus).”
As for what he specifically wants to do with his bonus, Moutinho has no immediate plans on spending it.
“Not right now, man. I gotta figure what I even gotta do with it. I’m not like built like this, bro, I don’t know what all this is, like paying taxes and all of that. I’m just trying not to end up broke because of it,” joked Moutinho.
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