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Jacob Volkmann Opens Fire at the UFC’s Low Pay, Crappy Health Insurance, and Preferential Treatment of Stand-and-Bangers

(*crickets* / Photo via US Presswire)

Looks like getting picked up right away by the World Series of Fighting after recently being fired by the UFC did not take away any bitterness from our favorite President-threatening lightweight, Jacob Volkmann. This past February, Volkmann lost by submission for the second time in his last three fights and was subsequently released by the UFC.

The elfin warrior tells that he didn’t deserve to be cut and is now on a mission to expose what he sees as the UFC’s unfair treatment of fighters.

“Well, I didn’t realize there was that much politics in martial arts, especially in the UFC. That was kind of frustrating. It’s not who is the best; it’s more of a political kind of BS,” he said.

“I was released after a loss against Bobby Green, which I should’ve never lost. It was kind of a fluke loss, going into the fight sick. I lost and then after that, they cut me. I was 6-2 at lightweight and they still cut me.

“You’ve got to know the right person, have the right manager in there. And your style determines if you stay in, too. The guys that stand and bang are the ones who are still fighting for the UFC. The ones that take the fights to the ground and focus more on the technique on the ground, they’re not in there because apparently the fans don’t like that.”

Volkmann is dead-on in saying that the UFC and the sport of MMA as a whole favors striking and strikers, and he goes on to include some interesting details about the UFC’s health coverage, but his whining tone probably distracts from any good points he has. No one begrudges someone for being upset at being fired, but excuse-making isn’t very sympathetic — especially from a boot-straps kind of conservative like Volkmann.

Volkmann has clearly shown that he’s a UFC-caliber fighter over the years, but he’s unfortunately not the first such guy to be cut after he goes on a downturn. First off, as we mentioned, Volkmann has been finished in two out of his last three bouts. Sure, maybe he was sick and injured in the last one but no one really ever cares about that. Also, he is 6-4 in the UFC — impressive for sure, but when half of those losses have come recently, he shouldn’t have been too shocked at being released.

Volkmann admits to being “very bitter,” over the firing but then displays a poor understanding of what poverty is.

“People always tell me, ‘You’re rich — you’re on TV!’ Are you kidding me? I made $54,000 two years ago, paid $9,000 in taxes, so that leaves me with $45,000. This last year, I made $50,000 and paid $8,000 in taxes. That leaves me with $42,000 — that’s barely above poverty. I have three kids and a wife I’m supporting.”

We’ve never gotten a crystal clear look at the UFC’s health care plans ever since they implemented one a few years ago, so tidbits of information are always great to get from fighters. Volkmann, now a lover scorned, claims that the coverage is too costly for fighters to do much good.

“They always claim that they treat the fighters so well. Yeah, they treat the top five per cent of the fighters well — the ones that are on the main card all the time. They don’t treat the rest of them very well. The healthcare plan is horrible, with a $1,500 deductible per injury — the catastrophic-injury insurance is not even really good insurance. There’s no retirement fund, there’s no signing bonus. You start off at six-and-six, you’re really not making too much money because you’re self-employed, so you’re paying the self-employment tax and you’re paying the regular tax and income tax. So you’re paying twice as much in tax. They claim they’re treating the fighters well, but they’re not, realistically.”

Rough sauce indeed. Many fighters get paid less than six and six to start, however, and lots of those are presumably in the World Series of Fighting.

What do you say, nation? Is Volkmann just mad because a black man is President and a white bald dude fired him? Or should his voice be heard on the matters of fighter compensation and job security?

- Elias Cepeda

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Mir please break Brocks neck- May 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm
@crappiefloper "Make your wife get a fucking job dude".... LMFAO!!!!! Nicely done!!!!!
Mir please break Brocks neck- May 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm
Don Frye and Ken Shamrock have said the same thing about the UFC for years. Its just a matter of time before more fighters expose the greed of the Fertitta's. This has been a looooong time coming.
Thumblaster- May 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm
I'm surprised th irs let him keep a fuckig dime. Was'nt it the cool thing to shit on our last president, was'nt there a nationaly released movie depicting the assasination of george bush, was'nt he called a war criminal for pouring water on people's faces who would cut your fucking head of just because your not a member of the religion of peace, yeah what ever i'm glad this boring lay and pray fucker was fired
teep- May 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm
I was going to say what crappiefloper did! But I would like to add that kids can have jobs too. I guess they will have to especially when Daddy can't keep one.
amsterdamage- May 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm
Ya, he should use Bing more often before he opens his mouth. He would know the poverty line in no state is $42k. More importantly is not one UFC fan is crying that he has been cut. He was mostly known for making his name well known to the Secret Service. He only finished one fight in the UFC, and lost a bunch of fights to low level fighters, many of which also have been cut. Complaining about insurance that no other org provides, and one that you don't pay a monthly bill for out of your own pocket is insulting. I hear Bellator will soon offer Obamacare. He is in his own dreamland....
section1guy- May 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm
Isn't this guy a conservative? And he's bitching about the top 5% being compensated too well compared to him?

HEY- May 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm
A $50,000 ''Lay and Pray of the Night'' bonus would prolly make him change his tune.
SquirrelBoy- May 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm
wow welcome to life...where you have to start at the bottom and work your way to the top. I didn't know getting punched in the face somehow gave you a pass to the front of the line.
noizy- May 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm
Hey Volkmann, Welcome to the free market. The way this line of business works is that most of you dreamer all think you can be champion and will make millions. The fact is 99%+ of you will not. It's the same thing with all those people wanting to be a rock star. It's not a fair business, and when you're not popular it really feels unfair. You're not helping your cause by being a unlikable asshat.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm
I've heard McDonald's paychecks suck ass. I like the occasional Big Mac but you don't see me rushing out to work there, even though I'm management material.
mtnthc- May 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm
Poor persecuted Volkboy.
amsterdamheavy- May 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm
Isnt this fucking asshole a chiropractor?? Hes just disclosing his fight salary and saying hes poor?

A quick web search says that the bottom end of the pay scale for a chiropractor is $90K.

Fuck him.
algiersheadkick504- May 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm
This dude's a cry baby no wonder Lombard smashed him in paractice
algiersheadkick504- May 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm
42,000 a year hahah that's funny all he had to do was have a great fight ( not just stand and bang) or actually finish someone and get a bonus...yu have 10 fights in the ufc and not one bonus...Damien maia is a fighter who takes it too the ground and uses nothing but techniques on the ground, has bonuses and makes I'm sure a hell of a lot of money. Yur style of fighting jake, is one of holding on tightly and count the seconds until the rounds over
crappiefloper- May 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm
"$42,000, thats barely above poverty level"

Make your wife get a fucking job dude
Mir please break Brocks neck- May 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm
nick diaz and the dub sack- May 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm
I thought the same thing. But the Volk probably thinks a woman's place is in the kitchen, not the workplace.
keepyahguessing- May 22, 2013 at 11:47 am
If hes wants to get paid to hump people go be a hooker
nick diaz and the dub sack- May 22, 2013 at 11:46 am
"It’s not who is the best; it’s more of a political kind of BS,”
Tell me, wtf does this statement have to do with any part of Jacob Volkmann's UFC career? Did he get denied anything he deserved because of politics? Did he lose out on some well-deserved title shot? Jacob Volkmann was a low-level WW and a barely middle-of-the-pack LW. I don't want to hear a guy like this complain about his UFC release. Don't like it that you were released? No one cares. Know why no one cares? Because you were both boring and a stupid asshole. And congrats, because now that you're not employed by the UFC, there's no reason you can't pack up your (presumably)shitty family and leave America before the communists take over or whatever bullshit it is that you tell people you're afraid of so they don't know that you're just afraid of black people and mad that there's one in the white house*. Not that anyone believes you, of course, but we don't really care why you leave, we just want you gone.

*a loss against Barack Obama, which McCain should’ve never lost. It was kind of a fluke loss, going into the election sick. He was 6-2 in elections and they still won't let him be president. - excerpt from Jacob Volkmann's new best-seller, "Threatening the President on Live TV and other Rational Behavior", in book stores now!
google- May 22, 2013 at 11:40 am
Man, i know how this dude feels. I was fired myself one time for not doing good at my job latley. I mean, what kind of BS is that?

Now, think of it this way. I fighter fights about every 3 months. That means if he lost 2 fights, he was doing a shitty job for 6 months really. I dont know who sticks around for 6 months and does a shitty job. Exept for my boss, but oh well..............
Pen Fifteen- May 22, 2013 at 11:39 am
1. Says he didn't know "there was that much politics in martial arts," yet routinely used post-fight interviews as a forum for his own political beliefs.

2. Is an avowed right-winger, but complains about market-driven conditions related to health care, pensions, and job stability.

3. Whinges about barely being above the poverty line while pulling in $42k a year from a part-time job.

What fucking planet does this guy live on? CP should start a Little Bitch of the Year award and name it in honor of Volkmann.
stak- May 22, 2013 at 11:26 am
He's horribly boring and should have been cut a while ago. Nobody wants to watch the guy fight so why should they keep paying him to fight? No one wanted to watch his fights so why would they want to hear his opinions relating to the fight industry? Why would anyone care?
Fried Taco- May 22, 2013 at 11:21 am
Yes, Jacob, you need the right manager to stay in the UFC. I recommend Brett Atchley.
2DaDeath- May 22, 2013 at 11:19 am
He shouldn't be surprised. Everyone hates boring wrestlers.