LAS VEGAS – Cheyanne Buys had been blowing up Dana White’s phone for a while, and Tuesday he finally got to see what she’s about.
Buys (5-1) earned a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series 29 with a unanimous decision over Hilarie Rose.
Buys earned high praise from White for her performance and she made sure to let the UFC president know how long she’s been trying to get his attention.
Buys, along with her husband JP, moved from South Africa to Dallas to train with coach Sayif Saud at Fortis MMA, which has produced the likes of Geoff Neal, Alonzo Menifield and Ryan Spann – all of who earned UFC contracts through DWCS.
So Buys made the move to Fortis MMA, knowing that it’s a proven launch pad for fighters who want to make it to the UFC.
“For the past two years, I’ve been writing Dana, and I just kept telling him, ‘Dana, I’m going to be a star for you. Dana, I’m coming,’” Buys told reporters, including MMA Junkie, after her win at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “And my coach over at Fortis MMA, Sayif – my husband and I we moved from South Africa all the way to Dallas just to be with that coach because, one, they’re the best team in the world, and two, Dana loves them fighters. If you look at our team, they’re killers. They’re mean.
“If you think I’m mean, we’ve got some dudes that I’m like, ‘Yo, they’re mean.’ So we went there and I told Dana, ‘Listen, I’m going to Fortis MMA. I know you like that gym. I’m going there.’ I had this whole thing set up for this moment tonight. I told them, ‘Hey, I’m at Fortis.’ ‘Hey, I just won another fight with LFA.’ ‘Hey, my coaches talked to Mick (Maynard). I’m getting on Contender.’ And then I got my opponent, and I was like, ‘I’m going to kill this girl, I promise you.’ And tonight, the only thing I wanted to do was to kill this girl and go to him and be like, ‘Can you write me back now?’ I just wanted to get his attention.”