Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Manager Sides with Dominick Cruz Against ‘Modern Day Slave Master’ Hans Molenkamp

Published 03/07/2021, 10:28 PM 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)


Famed MMA manager, Ali Abdelaziz, took to social media and commented on a much-talked-about topic coming off UFC 259. Former bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, defeated Casey Kenny via a split decision to end his losing skid in the promotion. Chiefly, the topic of debate kicked off post-fight when ‘The Dominator’ took to the mic and made a shocking callout.

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Dominick Cruz called out Monster Energy’s Hans Molenkamp to a charity match and accused Molenkamp of unsavory business practices. The former champion intimated that Hans Molenkamp would leverage his relationship with fighters and deny sponsorships on a whim. Ali Abdelaziz who has a stable of fighters under his management came out and supported Cruz’s claims against the Monster Energy employee.

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Abdelaziz named some of the most well-known UFC fighters in his post when mentioning Hans Molenkamp’s practices. Moreover, his reference to Molenkamp being a ‘modern-day slave master’ certainly sparked a conversation online. Someone of Ali Abdelaziz’s caliber speaking out on the matter certainly adds a major level of legitimacy to Cruz’s initial claim.

UFC 259: The fall-out of Dominick Cruz’s call-out

UFC President Dana White came out and commented on Cruz’s call-out, and he wasn’t on board, to say the least. The long-time boss of the UFC largely backed Monster Energy as an organization and sided with their ability to bring opportunities to the fighters. However, he did go on to admit that Hans Molenkamp had a rather quaint way of doing things.

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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: UFC President Dana White looks on during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

“Is Hans a goofy dude? Yeah, he’s a very goofy dude. But they’re a sponsor. These guys are a sponsor, they’re great sponsors, they pay these guys a lot of money. Monster is one of these companies that really, really takes care of people and it’s their company.

They can sponsor whoever they want, they can run their business however they want…This is a sponsorship deal. These guys can spend their money and run their company however they want to and nobody’s guaranteed money from a sponsor.”

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Dominick Cruz has certainly sparked a rather compelling conversation from his UFC 259 appearance that has fans talking. It’s unlikely that ‘The Dominator’ will get his wish to scrap Molenkamp in a charity match; a marquee UFC match certainly awaits. His win over Kenny will open the door to more title-oriented fights and he’ll look forward to getting back to gold.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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