Retired UFC champion Michael Bisping has accepted his experience of dealing Monster Energy Executive Hans Molenkamp. In a recent episode Trust me podcast, The Count shared details of a conversation with Molenkamp that led to the loss of Monster sponsorship for Bisping.
Michael Bisping revealed that Monster Energy stopped representing him after Bisping refused to recognize Hans Molenkamp as a friend during a telephone conversation, asking him to keep the association on a professional level.
“Yeah, that’s what he’s doing and he’s tried with me. All right, fuck. I’ll talk. I’ll say. One night after commenting, I’m driving from Vegas and he calls me and he says, ‘Mike, we’re friends, we’re friends, Is not it?’ And I say, no, we’re not. Okay. I’ve known you for a long time, but we’ve never hung out. We’re business associates and that’s okay. Do you know what I mean? “
“Stop hanging out with this card of friends. We’re not friends, we’re business associates. That’s it. That’s all we need to be. We don’t get together, our families don’t hang out. Soon after, I’m not I’m with a certain company anymore. Suddenly I’m broke, okay? Thanks Hans, “Michael Bisping said.
Michael Bisping’s remarks on Hans Molenkamp are the latest in a series of controversies stemming from previous UFC champion Dominick Cruzis an additional description of Molenkamp in an interview after the fight at UFC 259.
After defeating Casey Kenney, Dominick Cruz accused Hans Molenkamp of falsely representing his relationship with UFC fighters to improve his own reputation on social media. MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz and UFC fighters Angela Hill i Cub Swanson supported the Dominator’s accusations before Michael Bisping.
Since his return to competition in 2020, Dominick Cruz has expressed concern about industrial practices that exploit fighters in every possible way. Many experts from the MMA community have enlightened themselves, but the issue is not talked about nearly as much as it should be.
‘You have to play’ – Michael Bisping
Dominic Cruz’s claims that Hans Molenkamp is forcing UFC fighters to replay their relationship with him in order to get sponsorship money from Monster Energy. Michael Bisping reacted to videos of Molenkamp on social media pulling out practical jokes with fighters and found that jokes are usually performed according to Molenkamp’s rules for maintaining sponsorship deals, which perfectly fits Cruz’s claims.
“This is his business by the way. It makes a lot of fighters. There are so many of them. He pretends to just go there and mess with them, but it’s all set up, it’s all mounted. But you see, you have to play around somehow … Because you’re a man from the company, you have to go, but it’s all kind of the most desirable, ”Michael Bisping said.