UFC bantamweight JP Buys has decided to tell his side of the story after the dissolution of his marriage to Cheyanne Vlismas went public.
After her win over Mallory Martin in December, ‘The Warrior Princess’ confirmed there were personal issues she was working to overcome at the post-fight press conference.
Vlismas further elaborated on those issues in an interview with MMA Fighting, saying she decided to “escape” overseas.
JP Buys Responds to Cheyanne Vlismas
Since that interview, Buys and Vlismas both made comments on social media that added more pieces to the puzzle MMA fans have been trying to put together since December. Now Buys has decided to clear the air in an interview with MMA Fighting.
“It’s been a little bit frustrating from my side trying to, No. 1, keep quiet and focus on myself; No. 2, trying to heal through this whole process; No. 3, trying to figure out my life and my situation and things that are going on in my personal life,” Buys told MMA Fighting. “Every day, my phone gets blown up by people because of things she says publicly, or posts [on social media].”
“The world has just been exploding every day, commenting on my stuff, sending me messages, ‘What did you do to your wife? Why is she running from you?’ It’s a little bit frustrating. … That literally got attention drawn to me as if she’s running away from me — like physically or something.”
Two Sides To The Story
In her interview and in a now-deleted tweet which we covered here, Vlismas said that she was unable to work and earn an income until her divorce with Buys was finalized. ‘Young Savage’ took exception to those comments as he is also unable to work under the current circumstances.
“She says that she can’t fight or earn any money, or whatever the case, that’s her choice,” Buys stated. “That’s her choice that she can’t fight right now for her personal reasons, or whatever is going on right now. From my side, I literally cannot fight. I literally cannot earn a cent while I’m living in America right now because of my current status.”
“With my status right now, I do not have a valid work permit to earn, or fight in the United States. I’m not able to travel out of the United States either. I got offered a fight for the London card but I can’t travel or fight in the United States. … I’ll have to first get a new work permit that could take until the end of the year. I applied for a new work permit on May 7, 2021, through Cheyanne, and I still haven’t received that — which obviously, that is not valid anymore. That’s how far the government is backdated.”
“I literally cannot fight”
“She is the one that’s placing all of these tough difficulties [on herself], but her life is normally going on: She has money, she’s fighting, she can fight when she wants to when she’s ready. She can get a house in her name, she has a car, her life is normally going on. She’s in another country right now, having a vacation, training every day. I can’t get a house in my name. I can’t get a vehicle in my name. I can’t fight. I can’t earn money.”
“My life is stranded. I’m not growing and going on. I’m not able to. It’s just a little frustrating.”
Fortunately, Buys has found support amongst the UFC, friends and coaches. Those pillars of support include Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.
“I’ve been getting unbelievable support through the UFC, through my coaches, through my team,” Buys said. “People ask, ‘How are you able to stay in the same gym as Cheyanne?’ I’ve been getting just unbelievable support from everyone through the process. People have been so supportive and I’ve been so grateful for everyone that’s been involved in my life.
Pillars Of Support
“You know, just me as a foreigner, and me moving here with Cheyanne from Texas to Vegas, I was brought here as the extra package. I was just the plus-one joining the team. I’m just extremely grateful for the team and everyone that supports me. They really have made Vegas a home for me by showing their support to me in my toughest times.”
“I, especially, want to give a big thank you to Ray Sefo who has taken me in as, pretty much, his son. Any time, anything I need, I can phone him and he’ll be there. Also, my good friend Cris Cyborg, I’m really, really grateful to her too. Her and her family have been a true blessing to me and I’m extremely grateful for everything they do for me. Having the support from such major names in the community is indescribable.”
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