Jacob Volkmann has announced that he’s been released from the UFC after a loss to Bobby Green last month.
“Was just cut from the UFC today.I want to thank the fans, and say i gave it my all. No regrets,” Volkmann told his followers on Twitter. “It wasnt @danawhite decision to cut me it was Joe Silva’s.”
Volkmann had lost two of his last three fights, though prior to that he’d gone on a five fight winning streak in the UFC’s lightweight division.
However, Volkmann hadn’t exactly endeared himself to either the UFC or the fans with his fighting style which relied heavily on his wrestling ability to control his opponents both on the mat and against the cage without doing much in the way of offense.
His oddball persona outside of the cage also caused problems during his run in the UFC.
He infamously courted controversy when he ranted about Barack Obama during a post-fight interview, claiming that he wanted to, “knock some sense into that idiot.” His comments attracted mainstream media interest, caused him to be temporarily suspended from his side-line as a high school wrestling coach and resulted in the Secret Service paying Volkmann a visit.
Add to that the fact that he once stated that he wanted to “punch [UFC Color Commentator] Joe Rogan in the nuts”, claiming that he spoiled a dubious post-fight joke he made about Obama (which incidentally resulted in him being suspended from his coaching job for a second time) and it’s fair to say that few will shed a tear about the 32 year-old’s departure from the Octagon.
In fact if you re-watch Volkmann’s final UFC fight with Green then you’ll notice that Joe Rogan, Dana White and Joe Silva can scarcely contain their delight at the submission finish that effectively ended his UFC career.