Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rising lightweight, Jacob Volkmann, who has been in headlines lately with all his Barack Obama jokes, says that his trash-talking is simply a form of getting his name out there.
Rising Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Jacob Volkmann stirred more controversial waves when he took (another) post-fight swipe at Barack Obama after a unanimous decision win over Efrain Escudero at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem, inferring that the President of the United States needed a "glassectomy."
The (terribly awkward) joke didn't sit too well with White Bear High School, which is where Volkmann worked part-time as an assistant wrestling coach, seeing as how the district put him on administrative leave.
Taking a page out of the book that the master of trash-talk wrote, Chael Sonnen, Volkmann has stated that he is simply trying to get his name out there and trying to get people to know him. It obviously has worked for Sonnen in the past, but is it working for Volkmann?
The former three-time NCAA Division II All American wrestler told MMAweekly.com that all of his comments have been taken out of context and people interpret things the way in which they choose, especially when it comes to President Barack Obama.
Take a look:
"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. 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. 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 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. Whether it makes them hate me or like me, at least they know me.
On who he wants to face next inside the Octagon:
"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. I'm going to make a technical fight; I'm not going to be a foolish fighter out there. I'm going to stay who I am just because that's what people want to see. 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."
The move proved to be a wise one as he has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the 155-pound division, reeling off five consecutive wins and zero losses. His notable victories include Antonio McKee, Danny Castillo and most recently at UFC 141, Efrain Escudero.
Wanting a "top guy" next, it will be interesting to see just who he draws his next time out. He seems to have the attention of the United States Secret Service, does he have yours?