A sponsor opens up about the reality of backing UFC fighters
The biggest check Hans Molenkamp ever wrote as an athlete sponsor was to Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson for a fight with James Thompson in the now-defunct EliteXC organization.
Molenkamp won't say how big that check was, of course. But surely it was worth it, right? Ferguson, after all, was near the height of his popularity as a street brawler and YouTube sensation turned MMA fighter, and he was headlining a card on CBS, the biggest broadcast platform to date in the U.S.
The answer is yes. But that success, like so many things in the fight industry, proved fleeting.