Jacob Volkmann Had Seizure Prior to WSOF3 Fight

June 21, 2013 9:00 am by Christopher Murphy


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

World Series of Fighting lightweight, Jacob Volkmann, told Sherdog.com’s “Beatdown” Radio that he suffered a seizure the day before he fought Lyle Beerbohm at WSOF3 in Las Vegas last weekend.


As he was resting prior to weighing in on Thursday, Volkmann explained, “The maid knock[ed] on my door and [kept] on knocking, and I [thought], ‘I’d better not get up too fast.’  So I got up and walked toward the door, and by the time I got my hand on the door, I blacked out…  Next thing I remember, I was shaking on the floor, having seizures.”
Volkmann would go on to fight Friday night, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Beerbohm.  A licensed chiropractor, Volkmann said the seizures left no lasting impact beyond some minor physical injuries, the worst of which, he said, was the large scratch on his back left from falling.  A scratch was indeed visible on the fighter’s back when he appeared for weigh-ins and to the fight the following day.


“I banged my head, and I must have hit my back on the door handle,” Volkmann said of the scratch.  Despite the possible health risks and implications, Volkmann chose not to mention any of this to his team or the WSOF, saying that he needed the fight for financial reasons.


“I didn’t tell anybody, because I didn’t want them to say I couldn’t fight because I just had a seizure.  I had bills to pay, so I really didn’t have a choice.”


Additionally, Volkmann reported, he felt physically capable of fighting.


“Mentally and physically, I felt fine.  I didn’t feel cloudy.  I kind of did a self-analysis based on my medical background.  I just wanted to make sure that my cognitive was there and my mental state was up to par.  I was mentally able to fight, still…  It was a byproduct of being dehydrated.  I don’t think I need a CAT scan… There’s nothing cloudy.  My memory is fine.  I don’t feel sluggish at all.  I’m good to go.”


Not one to dwell on the past, Volkmann is looking forward to the next time he can step into the cage for the World Series.


“Ideally, in three months,” he said of fighting again, “but their August and September cards are full, at least that’s what Ali [Aziz, WSOF matchmaker] told me.  So hopefully in October.  If somebody drops out, I’ll try to get a short-notice fight.  I would love to get back in there in two months if I could, but we’ll see.”

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