Since making the move to 155 pounds, Minnesota’s own Jacob Volkmann has been a perfect 5-0, but the attention on him lately hasn’t come as much from fighting as it has from politics.
The outspoken Volkmann made it on the national spotlight after he commented that he’d like to fight President Barack Obama after a win in early 2011, and he’s continued to voice his opinions against the Democrat ever since.
His latest was after a win at UFC 141 over Efrain Escudero when Volkmann made a joke when speaking with UFC commentator Joe Rogan, and the result was much the same after his original comments about the president.
Volkmann was suspended from his job as a wrestling coach at White Bear Lake high school for a second time after his comments at UFC 141. According to the UFC lightweight, he will once again fight to get his job back because unfortunately the facts surrounding the situation were incorrect and he plans on rectifying the matter.
“Yeah, it kind of irritated me cause the whole thing, a person had called in and complained about what I said, but the thing is the HR lady (at the school) she got her info from Yahoo and Fox 9, which is not even close to correct. They twisted it around to make the story a little better. I never said that Obama needed a glassectomy, I said call me so he can schedule a glassectomy. I never said it was for him. You can take out of the interview what you want, but that’s not what I said,” Volkmann told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
“Plus they said I wanted to rip his arm off, and I never said that. I said I wanted to rip it, it’s a technical term for when you roll hard and you try to submit them. Like a technical term for ‘ripping’ an armbar or a Kimura, cause if they’re resisting, you have to rip it. You can’t rip someone’s arm off, that’s impossible.”
Volkmann isn’t apologizing for what he said because at UFC 141 he was just trying to be funny, and his political overtones are the way he wants to use his time in interviews. He says that the standard go to material for most fighters that thank sponsors or teammates is old news.
He’s going to use his time to say something meaningful and get some attention.
“The thing is, you only have what 30 seconds out there on the mic? It’s like a speech, like an article, you have to make it interesting so people want to follow up with you and that’s what I’m trying to do. No one wants to hear who your sponsors are, no one wants to hear thank you’s to your sponsors or your family or your coach cause you’re already thanking those guys. They want to hear something. They want to hear you talk trash, they want to hear you call out your next opponent, in my case, I don’t know if they want to hear politics, I’m going to give them that,” Volkmann stated.
“Whether it makes them hate me or like me, at least they know me.”
Volkmann isn’t giving up on his job at White Bear Lake High either. He plans on fighting for his coaching position because he likes what he does, and really the statements he made were done as a fighter, not as a coach of the wrestling team.
“I’m going to fight to keep it because I like the kids; I like coaching. I’m trying to give back to the wrestling community. If they don’t like it, too bad,” Volkmann said. “They can’t kick me out for coaching for saying what I want in a different job that’s not even related to the school. I don’t know why they’re having such a hard problem with that fact.”
While coaching may be his secondary job, Volkmann’s primary goal remains to get to the top of the UFC’s lightweight division and the attention he’s getting right now is a lot of things, but it’s not bad.
He’s not convinced, however, that the UFC will give him a top level opponent because he’s not willing to throw flying knees or crazy haymakers to get the crowd on his side.
“I obviously want a top level guy, but the chances of getting one of those aren’t very good right now because they don’t like my style, so they’re not going to give me one of those guys and beat one of them and make them look bad because they don’t like my style, which is fine, I’m working on it. But I’m not going to be a guy that’s going to switch everything like Gray Maynard did and try to stay standing with somebody that beats me up on the feet,” said Volkmann.
“I’m going to make a technical fight; I’m not going to be a foolish fighter out there.”
Volkmann has every intention of continuing his evolution as a fighter, training his stand-up and striking on a regular basis, but he knows his roots are in his wrestling and no amount of fan support or bashing is going to make him change it.
“I’m going to stay who I am just because that’s what people want to see,” said Volkmann.
“Just cause some turd out there across the screen wants to see a knockout or some blood cause he doesn’t understand a technical fight. I’m not going to change for him.”