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Paulo Thiago Gets a Tough UFC Rookie Instead of Alves at UFC 106

(Jacob Volkmann vs. Travis McCullough, 7/19/08)

Paulo Thiago may have lost his opponent in the Battle of the Thiagos at UFC 106, but at least he didn’t lose the chance to fight in November altogether.  With Thiago Alves pulling out to rematch Jon Fitch, Thiago will instead face UFC newcomer Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann at UFC 106 on November 21.  Aside from being the owner of an inscrutable nickname, Volkmann also has a perfect 9-0 record against a bunch of guys you’ve probably never heard of.  He fights out of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, so odds are that he has no problem riding a stationary bike while wearing a blacked-out gasmask.

But Thiago, who’s 1-1 in the UFC, must be feeling like his life just got a little easier.  Instead of facing a bigger, more powerful striker in Alves, he gets a newbie in Volkmann.  That is, until someone informs him that “Christmas” was a three-time All-American wrestler in college.  Then he’s going to start to wonder if there is anyone in the UFC’s welterweight division who doesn’t have a bunch of wrestling trophies at home.  And there is one guy who comes to mind.  His name is Thiago Alves.  Maybe you’ve heard of him.

A couple more Volkmann fights are after the jump, just to help you get acquainted with the guy.


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WuTangClan- October 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm
How in any way does Christmas come early? Its at the end of the fucking year. Just a lame attempt at a joke.
phaderlanx- October 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm
agentsmith- October 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm
@ phaderlanx:

In that case, Thiago's nickname should be "Bert".
phaderlanx- October 26, 2009 at 12:43 pm
Christmas because he looks like Lloyd from dumb and dumber. its a stretch for a name but he would'nt go for frankenstien (how his striking looks, and i suppose how terrifying it is to grapple him. ) I train with volkmann at the academy, and imho unless paulo lands a koscheck-esque punch i see the fight going much like the one against fitch. WAR JACOB!
tito tortilla- October 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm
Looks like every opponent he gets his hair chest against gets "Ben Rothwell'd" pretty handily. At least if Paulo fought Alves, he probably wouldnt have been able to remember the end of the fight. Now he's gonna get G&Pd leaving with a copy of the UFC's 2-loss walking papers, smelling of Nair.
Jeffro- October 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm
Ring girl, from the first vid, is damn fine. I also like the Minnesota accent from the commentator.

Oh yeah der, Jabob is a hole eee tear.
NateGetsIrate- October 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm
Thanks Magic. I'm just happy i beat everyone to it, lol!
MagicMitch- October 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm
@ Nate, that was perfect. Well done sir.
hjdevnull- October 26, 2009 at 11:45 am
Of course, the other welterweight with no wrestling trophies is GSP, but that's just false advertising on his part. Damn sneaky Candadian.
Spotpuff- October 26, 2009 at 11:44 am
There's another WW who has no wrestling trophies, but he currently has the WW belt.
NateGetsIrate- October 26, 2009 at 11:40 am
According to some ex-girlfriends, Volkman got the nickname "Christmas" because he comes early.
Houstons db- October 26, 2009 at 11:34 am
he does have a pretty bad A nickname so ill root for him on behalf of Christmas