It's amazing what people will do when they have bills to pay (I know, I've been there).
Such is the case with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Jacob Volkmann, who has continued his mixed martial arts (MMA) career under the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) banner, as recently as last Friday (June 14, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Blackouts, seizures and all.
It turns out Volkmann didn't "Feel Good" prior to the WSOF 3 weigh ins, and was unable to keep his balance -- or his composure -- when a pesky maid kept banging on his hotel door. Either his "Do Not Disturb" sign was missing or she really wanted a piece of his toilet.
Volks breaks it down to Sherdog's Beatdown Radio:
"The maid knocks on my door and keeps 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. I banged my head, and I must have hit my back on the door handle. 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. 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. The thing about chiropractic education is that the first two years are the same as an M.D.'s education. You just branch off after two years. It was a byproduct of being dehydrated. I don't think I need a CAT scan or [anything]. There's nothing cloudy. My memory is fine. I don't feel sluggish at all. I'm good to go."
While his debut went off without a hitch, I'm sure he'll have a hard time justifying his decision. He may have escaped harm this time around, but the presence of good fortune does not justify the absence of good judgment. Particularly when there is already a heated debate about the perils of weight cutting.
Don't make me call Dr. Johnny Benjamin!
Anyway, it was a rough couple of days for Volks, who is looking to make his sophomore effort for WSOF as soon as possible. Just don't expect Keith Kizer and the gang over at the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to be thrilled with his recent revelation.