Exclusive | Jacob Volkmann on Diaz, Sass, Mayhem debate, and more
Jacob Volkmann is riding a 5 fight win streak. That is not a common feat in the UFC if you were to scour the records of its many fighters. Up next for Jacob is Paul Sass at UFC 146. Sass is a submission specialist with a dangerous set of base skills. Volkmann has acknowledged them, and is prepared to deal with them.
“Sass is dangerous. His strengths are going to be a lot different. It’s a dangerous fight for a wrestler. Wrestlers like to posture up and pass or punch. That’s where he gets the guys in a scramble sometimes. I know what I need to do to avoid it”.
His last win was over TUF season 8 winner Efrain Escudero, but it seemed like the UFC brass did not see Jacob’s 5th straight win as warranting a top 10 opponent. Volkmann admitted that it did bother him.
“How many until I get a top 10 guy. I don’t know 20″, Volkmann joked. “But, yeah, it’s pretty upsetting. It bothered me that I didn’t get one this time. That would be nice, but I have no idea what they’re goal for me is right now”.
Most fighters with a 5-2 record in the UFC would feel very secure in their jobs, but Jacob has been vocal as of late that his case is different.
“Like I said they don’t like my style. I don’t have too many fans out there, and I don’t think any of the fans would miss me when I’m gone. To be honest”.
After the anti-Obama comments Jacob made following his wins at both UFC 125, and UFC 141, one of which warranted a visit from the US Secret Service, he has found a new nemesis. He wouldn’t say exactly who it was, but he gave us a clue.
“Will I say it after I win. I think I will. My corner advised me highly not to but I’m going to. It’s not Obama this time. I gave a pretty good hint on another site. It was more a specific person, kind of, but there are a group of people who make decisions on some things. You almost had me there for a second. I won’t say anymore”.
Jacob was also vocal on the recent Nick Diaz suspension for marijuana usage.
“He knew there was a rule against it. He also knew that if he got caught he would have been suspended. He’s the fool that actually took the chance of getting the blood test, and getting caught for doing what he did. It’s a rule. It’s set. There’s no way around it. He obviously wasn’t thinking”.
Another hot topic has been testosterone replacement therapy or TRT, as it is called. Jacob doesn’t see what the big deal is about it.
“As long as it’s regulated by a medical doctor then I don’t care. If it’s something they need to function. If it’s for replacement it’s not going to increase your performance above anybody else. It will make you perform as if your levels were normal. I think a lot of people are confused about it. Chael gets a bad rap for his. I don’t know exactly what his problem is why he can’t get the testosterone or if he needs a replacement I think it’s fair. This is his life and his job. If he doesn’t get that testosterone replacement is he going to perform as well. I have no idea. If he doesn’t perform as well he doesn’t pay the bills. It’s as simple as that.”
Volkmann is also aware that people posting on the internet forums would strongly disagree with his opinions. Again, Jacob didn’t seem phased. He had some choice words for his detractors.
“The forum guys are a bunch of turds who sit in cubicles. They don’t understand that these are athletes and fighting is their income. It’s not like he’s making an ungodly amount of money where he doesn’t have to do this. He does it because it’s his income. I hate forum dwellers. I go on the internet every once in a while so I can vent on the guys who hate me”.
Volkmann is happy where he’s at, but that wasn’t always the case. Bellator has left a bad taste in his mouth, and he never intends to return to organization if he can help it.
“I don’t want to go back to Bellator. I have a grudge with Bellator. I had a fight May 15 in like 2008 or 2009. I was supposed to fight again. I took a short notice fight against Jesse Juarez. It was supposed to be June 5. It was a week before the fight. I had all my blood work done and all that other crap I had to do for the commission. Bellator called me and said Jesse Juarez doesn’t want to fight you so we gave him someone else. Are you serious. They gave him someone else to fight and I was stuck with no one. They put me on a nine month no fight streak. Eventually I got out of my Bellator contract because they weren’t giving me fights. The UFC was interested and I took that short notice fight against Paulo Thiago”
After his fight with Paul Sass this weekend at UFC 146 a new challenge may be on the horizon for Volkmann. One that doesn’t involve 4 oz. gloves and an Octagon.
“Mayhem Miller has been tweeting that he wants to debate me on politics. Seriously, I think he wants to vote for Obama again after all of Obama’s crap. I might have to talk some sense in to him. I don’t anything about Miller’s educational background. I haven’t seen the guy fight, but if he wants to debate me I will do it”.
Jacob Volkmann is scheduled to fight Paul Sass at UFC 146 this weekend.