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Thursday, 05/31/2012, 08:14 pm

Exclusive | Jacob Volkmann | Fans Don't Think Fighters are Smart Enough to Talk Politics | UFC NEWS

Jacob Volkmann discussed the snapping of his 5-fight win streak last weekend at UFC 146 with Jens and Abel Pulver.  Volkmann has also been making headlines about his anti-Obama statements.  After his bout at UFC 125 said that he wanted to fight U.S. President Barack Obama because he disagreed with his policies and asserting, “Someone needs to knock some sense into that idiot.”  That statement resulted in a visit from the US Secret Service the following week.  Volkmann has appeared on several national news shows for the comments, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Inside Edition, and Fox Business Network.  He again made waves calling out U.S. President Barack Obama after UFC on Versus 5 stating, “Obama needs a glassectomy…It’s where they remove the belly button and put a piece of glass in there, so you can see what you’re doing while your head’s up your ass.”

Jens Pulver:  What gives you those political views?  Are you using fighting – not u sing fighting – is that something that you see going in a different direction?  Is that something you see later on – taking the intellectual side of MMA and going out there and pummeling into the political world?

Jacob Volkmann:

“That wasn’t my goal initially but I was just so irritated with it after my Antonio McKee’s fight.  I was just so initially irritated with Obama I just went off on him on camera.  It was just something in the back of my mind and I decided to voice it.  Obviously, there’s a lot of fans that hate it when fighters or athletes bring up politics.  They don’t think athletes are smart enough to talk about politics or anything intellectual but I got 10 years of school behind me.  I own my own business.  I’m pretty sure I know enough to say what I want.”

Jens Pulver:  What’s going on in your head after that fight?  How are you going to rebound?  Are you getting back to gym right off the bat?  Are you going to take some time to recollect?  What’s going on in your mind as far as you next steps?

Jacob Volkmann

“For the next steps I got to restart training.  I went for a run this morning to let off some steam.  There’s really not that much to say.  I got to get back in there…”

Abel Pulver:  You were on a 5 fight win streak coming into that fight.  Obviously, no reason to hang you head down over about one loss.  Looking back at the fight, what do you think went wrong?  Is there a technical aspect?  Maybe you just didn’t prepare?  Obviously, he’s a triangle specialist – he seems really good at that move…. What do you think went wrong for you in that fight?

Jacob Volkmann:

“What I know went wrong, I was in his guard, he got my right arm – my elbow  out to the side – I should’ve kept my elbows in.  He got his leg over my shoulder – that’s where it went wrong.  I was practicing all camp keeping my elbows in not letting him my elbows out – and he did.”

Abel Pulver:  I read a couple of interviews before the fight and I know you had said you didn’t know the UFC was in love with your style completely – they said main card fighters finish guys.  I don’t think that’s true.  I have no problem with your style.  You’re a 3x All American Wrestler at the University of Minnesota…. Do you think you almost incepted yourself because after the fight Dana said ‘no you’re not cut, you’re not released’  Did that play at all on your mind going into the fight?

Jacob Volkmann:

“No, I was actually fairly comfortable in that fight.  I didn’t feel endangered at all.  I just made that one mistake and he capitalized on it.  I actually felt pretty comfortable on my feet and when he was trying to take me down and pulled me to his guard I was like – fine I’ll go to the ground.  I’m not to worried about his ground game.  There’s no reason for the loss except I made a mistake. I wasn’t anticipating the loss. Is that what you were trying to say?”

To find out the answer to that question, what’s next for Volkmann, his political views, his new political target, what led him to his political outburst, and hear the rest of the interview, check out the Just Scrap Radio Episode 7 archive.

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24 Responses to “Exclusive | Jacob Volkmann | Fans Don't Think Fighters are Smart Enough to Talk Politics | UFC NEWS”

  1. Fortyb4five says:

    i’ve been on this site for years and not once have a ever seen any mma fan say anything about fighters being too dumb to talk politics.

    • mmaislandjunkie says:

      cant think of any time a fighter ever really talked politics besides maybe lytle.

    • GET RID OF FITCH ( forever) says:

      Volkman maybe fans would take you more serious if you wern’t so damn boring. Nothing better than seeing a lay n prayer (LIKE YOU) get caught in a triangle by a guy you talked down to like he wasn’t anywhere in your league as a grappler. Maybe its that ostrich neck and not because you were out grappled huh?

  2. Shameful says:

    It’s less about what you are or aren’t qualified to discuss and more about what fans are interested in hearing. The real reason why people get annoyed when any entertainer talks politics is that we don’t want that from them. We want them to entertain us. We can watch or read a bunch of politically charged material if that’s what we’re in the mood for. We can watch grown men fight with 4 ounce gloves or read about the sport if that’s what we’re in the mood for. We don’t want to be surprised by the one thing when we’re only looking for the other.

  3. Chris says:

    Certainly not a fan of Obama but that doesn’t mean I’m interested in your opinion simply because you have a microphone. (Not a fan of Romney either).

  4. Clay says:

    No fan has ever said that. Lol we get it bro, you’re educated in politics. Let it go. Everyone has different opinions in politics or religion. That’s why it’s always controversial to talk about. I don’t tune in to fights to hear the talk politics

  5. Xaninho says:

    Maybe fans just think Volkmann should shut the fuck up and learn how to fight. Instead of lay n praying and mentioning his moronic opinions about politics.

    Obama has his faults and I think hillary Clinton would have done a better job, but Volkmann needs to realize all the shit the US has to deal with right now is caused by George and George Bushbag. Obama hasn’t caused it, but he has no clue on how to clean it up.

  6. Michael hamlin says:

    THis guy is a fucking stupid ass!!!

  7. E716 says:

    Its because we turn on fights to see fights not here jacob volkman talk about obama

  8. CanILive says:

    I’m pretty sure the “fans” watch to see fights, not hear about politics? is this guy really just trying to change subjects to forget about his quick loss

  9. ThaGreenBandit says:

    Hope you read all the comments and get a clue, Volkmann. Put on better fights and stop pushing your political views down our throats every time you get a chance to grab a mike

  10. Doc9 says:

    Anybody who thinks they are qualified to talk politics from watching tv and reading blogs is a small brain. If you’ve never worked in Washington, you have no clue what goes on in that arena. Volkmann’s opinion is on politics is as relevant as a politician’s, who has never stepped foot in a cage, opinion about what Jacob is doing right and wrong in MMA. Actually the politician is more qualified to talk MMA because MMA news has less propaganda.

  11. Dick Niaz says:

    personally I don’t think Volkmann is smart enough to talk about the ingredients in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

  12. Mike cannon jr says:

    Democrats.. Or.. Republicans… Pickin between these 2 groups.. Is really just picking wich hole u wanna get fuqd in… Cuz either way.. Your getn fuqd..

  13. He does not actually have anything to say besides name calling. It’s not that people don’t think he’s not smart enough but he’s not all that interesting.

    I”m glad Jens bought it back to the post fight analysis because “Someone needs to knock some sense into that idiot” is not really good political commentary.

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