LAS VEGAS – On a evening that saw a amount of immense wins and considerable callouts, Dominick Cruz’s post-battle shy away to Monster Vitality sponsorship executive Hans Molenkamp at UFC 259 came out of leftfield.
Talking to reporters, together with MMA Junkie, backstage following his carve up-resolution desire over Casey Kenney at the UFC Apex, Cruz (23-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) defined his explanation for the uncommon callout.
“He’ll presumably love that he’s getting plugged love this, to be exact kind, so it’s in actuality a relieve for him. So he ought to aloof thank me,” he started. “We’re in a day and age where if I dangle a image with Conor McGregor, now I’m Conor McGregor’s ‘friend,’ exact kind? If I dangle a image with Dominick Cruz and beget him commenting on my online page, we’re in a day and age where that seems to be love we’re visitors. Neatly, I would be your friend, however you may perchance’t use me in repeat to get ‘clout,’ as they get it.”
Molenkamp’s Instagram and Facebook pages feature numerous photos and videos shot with UFC fighters, and Cruz recommended that Molenkamp, whose Instagram bio describes him as a “rate constructing aficionado,” has tried to use Monster Vitality sponsorship as leverage to assemble greater his private rate on-line. It’s something the former bantamweight champion mentioned he took exception to.
“Glance at my face, explore at my physique. I get beat to death for a dwelling,” he mentioned. “So ought to you are attempting to power me, and to boot you textual direct material me that if I don’t comment to your online page, if I don’t give you an interview, that you simply’re going to dangle what pays my payments? What are we doing? Monster sponsors me, no longer you.”
When requested if he felt love he become trapped in his endorsement contract with the vitality drinks rate, Cruz clarified his comments.
“It’s no longer ‘trapped in a contract.’ It’s pressured to give him clout, pressured to hype him up if I would like to assemble money. Monster pays me.”
He even revealed that others had experienced identical considerations with Molenkamp, together with UFC president Dana White.
“Dana White has complained on this guy. Dana White has long gone on this man’s online page and mentioned something – they skipped over it discover it irresistible didn’t occur,” mentioned Cruz. “So I’m no longer the foremost one to notify something. Dana’s furthermore mentioned something. Quiz him about it.”
But Cruz insists that his callout of Molenkamp is right, and mentioned he’d love to use the grief for exact kind by making any matchup between the pair a charity bout.
“So, this become a callout because he calls himself a pro fighter. He’s bought 100 pounds weight on me, and I’m love, we are able to assemble this a desire-desire grief,” he mentioned. “Let’s attain a charity tournament. Monster picks the charity, and we scrap it out. He says he’s bought three pro fights. Let’s level to it. Attach your money where your mouth is. You’ve bought somewhat cramped guy calling you out for charity. Now now not for anything else. Why no longer?”