At UFC 259, Dominick Cruz returned from a protracted layoff, defeated Casey Kenny by way of Cut up Choice, after which referred to as out Hans Molenkamp, director of Monster Power for fight sports activities. Cruz alleged that Molenkamp was utilizing the prospect of continued Monster sponsorship cash as leverage to get fighter involvement in content material on the social community that forged him in gentle.
Extra critics are piling on, however longtime Monster Power sponsored fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson not too long ago spoke with John Morgan for MMA Junkie, and provided a professional protection of the embattled Molenakamp. Jackson stated he doesn’t all the time see eye to eye with Molenkamp, and that the 2 haven’t spoken a lot currently, however that he felt the necessity to communicate out.
“I hang around with Hans once we do Monster shoots and issues like,” stated Jackson to Morgan. “Hans will ask you, ‘Let’s do that s*** for the Web, for social media,’ however all people does that now. Should you’re a fighter or something, and also you’re hanging out along with your friends or your folks, persons are going to ask you to do some sh*t.
“No manner will Hans ever ask folks, ‘Do that publish for me otherwise you’re not going to get a sponsorship.’ That s*** is f***ing silly.”
“It’s true – Dana White did must get on Hans. Hans would take an image with Conor McGregor, and he’ll take an image like they’re speaking and he’ll say, ‘Hey, we’ve obtained some huge information.’ He’ll do this, however that’s what social media is. That’s what all these motherf***ers be doing: ‘Yeah, I’m doing huge issues with Conor McGregor.’ He’ll take an image with Dana like, ‘Yeah, we’re cooking up some enterprise.’ However I see so many different folks doing that s***. Simply because he works for Monster, I don’t know, I believe persons are hating on him.”
“Hans, he has that fighter spirit. He’s there for fighters. I discover that about him. And typically, me and Hans, we don’t see eye-to-eye. Actually, we don’t. Generally Hans and I don’t see eye-to-eye, and I can perceive why folks would get mad at him, however every time he asks me, ‘Let’s do that publish,’ and stuff like this, and I’m like, ‘Hans, I’m chubby proper now; I don’t wish to do that stuff proper now.’ He’s like, ‘OK, man. I get it.’ He doesn’t say, ‘Do that publish otherwise you ain’t going to get no sponsorship.’
“You possibly can ask folks like Daniel Cormier, Jorge Masvidal – these fighters have to step up. Even Conor McGregor and Jon Jones. T.J Dillashaw. Juan Archuleta. These fighters want to come back ahead.”
“Hans doesn’t even have the ability to say, ‘You don’t get a contract should you don’t publish this or do this.’ I believe he can vouch for you, however should you already obtained a Monster deal, he can’t simply cancel your contract since you don’t do one thing for him. It doesn’t work that manner. I simply really feel dangerous. It looks as if too many individuals are chiming in, and I’m like, ‘How come no one is telling the reality about Hans,’ that he isn’t like that?
“He desires to publish humorous skits with you and stuff, however all people does that s***. We do it to one another. I did that s*** with the Diaz brothers. I ran into them in Vegas, and I stated, ‘Hey, let’s do a humorous skit.’ They may have stated, ‘No.’ We did a humorous skit, and that s*** went viral, like Nick tried to steal my girlfriend. All of us do this s*** to one another. I don’t know why persons are attempting to behave like that’s so f***ed up.”
Monster Power stated it’s trying into the matter. Molenkamp has but to publicly deal with the allegations.
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