JP Buys gives his side to “frustrating” personal troubles: “My life is blocked”
UFC flyweight JP Buys decided to purify the air.
Buys is currently married to UFC strawweight Cheyanne Vlismas, although the Contender series alumni are in the process of going through a divorce. Vlismas spoke to MMA Fighting last week following her unanimous decision against Mallory Martin at UFC Vegas 44 and revealed that she left the United States for an undisclosed location in order to “escape.” About some of the things that were going on in her personal life.
Although Vlismas never mentioned her husband’s name in a derogatory manner, the news of the impending divorce drew negative reactions from fans.
“It was a little frustrating of me trying, # 1, to stay quiet and focus on myself; No. 2, try to heal through this whole process; No. 3, trying to figure out my life and my situation and the things that are going on in my personal life, ”Buys told MMA Fighting on Monday. “Every day my phone gets blown up by people for things she says in public or posts [on social media].
“The world just exploded every day, commenting on my affairs, sending me messages, ‘What have you done to your wife? Why is she running away from you? It’s a little frustrating. … It literally drew attention to me like she was running away from me – physically or something.
After failing his first bid on Dana White’s Contender series in 2017, Buys returned to the show three years later and landed a contract with a first-round victory over Jacob Silva. Since then, Buys has competed twice inside the Octagon. It was finished by Bruno Silva last March, then dropped a unanimous bantamweight decision to Montel Jackson on short notice at the UFC Vegas 37 event in September.
Vlismas told MMA Fighting that “until I finalize some things in my life” she wouldn’t be able to fight anymore, even though she was hoping for a summer comeback. Buys admits he objected to these comments, especially since he himself cannot compete.
“She says she can’t fight or make the money, or whatever, it’s her choice,” Buys explained. “It’s her choice that she can’t fight now for her personal reasons, or whatever is going on right now. On my side, I literally can’t fight. I literally can’t win one. penny while I live in America right now because of my current status.
“With my current status, I don’t have a valid work permit to win or fight in the United States. I also cannot travel outside the United States. I was offered a fight for the London Card but I cannot travel or fight in the United States. … I will have to first get a new work permit which could take until the end of the year. I applied for a new work permit on May 7, 2021, via Cheyanne, and still haven’t received it – which, of course, is no longer valid. This is how backdated the government is.
“It is she who puts all these difficult difficulties [on herself], but her life goes on normally: she has money, she fights, she can fight when she wants when she is ready. She can have a house in her name, she has a car, her life goes on normally. She’s in another country right now, she’s taking vacations, training every day. I cannot have a house in my name. I cannot get a vehicle in my name. I can’t fight. I can’t make any money.
“My life is blocked. I don’t grow and continue. I am not capable of it. It’s just a little frustrating.
Ultimately, Buys says he hopes he and his future ex-wife can one day be civilians. But as he and Vlismas face the eventual end of a marriage, Buys has been able to find some positivity thanks to the support of his team, his coaches and even the current women’s featherweight champion Bellator.
“I received incredible support from the UFC, from my coaches, from my team,” said Buys. “People ask, ‘How can you stay in the same gym as Cheyanne? “I received incredible support from everyone throughout the process. People have supported me so much and I have been so grateful to everyone who has been involved in my life.
“You know, just me as a foreigner and me moving here with Cheyanne from Texas to Vegas, I was brought in here as an extra package. I was just the plus-one to join the team. I’m just extremely grateful to the team and everyone who supports me. They really made Vegas a home for me by showing their support in my most difficult times.
“I especially want to thank Ray Sefo who welcomed me like, more or less, his son. Anytime, whatever I need, I can give him a call and he’ll be there. Also, my good friend Cris Cyborg, I am really very grateful to him too. She and her family have been a true blessing to me and I am extremely grateful for everything they do for me. Having the support of these big names in the community is indescribable. “