In August of 2012, mixed martial arts fighter Anthony Ruiz took a journey to Sochi, Russia for a bout against Alexander Shlemenko. During the fight, Ruiz was on the receiving end of a whooping so brutal that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, hooked him up with $150,000.00 of his own money.
“The bank was telling me there’s some people who aren’t all that straight doing transfers and stuff like that. I also knew it was coming from Putin, and he’s one of the wealthiest persons in the world. So, really, $150,000 ain’t that much to him. That’s what I’m telling myself to justify it. Sure enough, I kept it in there and left it alone. It was real. It really happened.”
The fighter used the money about as wisely as one could. He bought a house and wiped away what debt he had hanging over his head.
Alexander Shlemenko, Vladimir Putin. Anthony Ruiz