by Adam Martin
The UFC has trimmed its roster by one tonight.
According to his own Twitter account, UFC lightweight Jacob Volkmann has been released from the UFC following a third-round submission loss to Bobby Green at UFC 156.
“Was just cut from the UFC,” Volkmann wrote. “I want to thank the fans, and I say I gave it my all. No regrets.”
Volkmann (15-4) went 6-4 overall in the UFC, including a 6-2 mark as a lightweight competitor. The native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota has seven career submission wins on his resume, but he also has eight decision wins, and it was the fact he often used his wrestling-heavy approach to win fights that probably cost him his job.
In his fights with Antonio McKee, Efrain Escurdero and Paul Kelly, Volkmann was accused of “laying and praying,” which is basically sitting sitting in your opponent’s guard and using your control to win fights. It’s a path to victory that UFC president Dana White and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva despise, and although Volkmann submitted Shane Roller just last October, that win apparently wasn’t enough to keep his job.
Volkmann will best be known for calling out U.S. president Barack Obama following a win in early 2011, an act which earned him a first-hand service to his home from the CIA, although nothing came out of it.
Still, Volkmann was changing his style to be more crowd friendly in recent fights and it’s disappointing he got the boot, although the lightweight division is stacked and tight roster space may be the reason why.
Maybe Volkmann gets a call from Bellator MMA or the World Series of Fighting, but if I had to venture a guess, the colorful veteran won’t be out of a job for long.
What are your thoughts?