‘Hans Molenkamp Has Been Holding Lot of Fighters Hostage’-Dominick Cruz

Published 03/07/2021, 12:12 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Dominick Cruz reacts after the conclusion of his bantamweight fight against Casey Kenney during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Dominick Cruz earned a split-decision win over Casey Kenney in the featured prelims bout of UFC 259. ‘The Dominator’ looked sharp upon his return to the Octagon. He managed to get a win over a growing contender in Kenney.

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Many expected Cruz to call out an opponent in his post-fight interview. However, much to the surprise of everyone, the former UFC bantamweight champion proceeded to call out UFC sponsor, Monster Energy’s Hans Molenkamp. He called out Molenkamp for a charity fight which even left UFC commentator Joe Rogan stunned.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (L-R) Dominick Cruz punches Casey Kenney in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

According to Cruz, Molenkamp has been holding fighters, hostage, by making them do personal PR as he forces them to take pictures and videos with him. Per ‘The Dominator’ as Monster Energy is the official sponsor of UFC, fighters are somewhat forced to adhere to Molenkamp’s wishes.

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I would love to get a charity fight lined up, in a day and age where a lot of fake people can take pictures next to Lamborghinis. A guy named Hans Molenkamp has been holding a lot of fighters hostage, saying he’s an awesome pro fighter and picking his fights.

How about we do something for charity? He’s got a 100-pound advantage. I think we can put on a show with a lot of money,” said ‘The Dominator’ in his post-fight interview. (Credit: South China Morning Post)

He further explained his call out in the post-fight press conference.

What’s next for Dominick Cruz?

Cruz vs Kenney was a super entertaining fight. ‘The Dominator’ stayed true to his fluid style and eventually slowed Kenney down. He even landed few takedowns in the third round of the bout and bagged a well-deserved decision.

Cruz didn’t look out of sorts by any means against a young contender like Kenney. He cleared the initial cobwebs of recent Octagon inactivity and put pressure on Kenney right from the start. The more time he spends being active, the more comfortable he will get in there.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Dominick Cruz kicks Casey Kenney in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

‘The Dominator’ however, didn’t call out any potential opponent, and it remains to be seen who he will fight next as he too will want to rise and regain his belt before he retires.

What did you make of Dominick Cruz’s call out of Hans Molenkamp? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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