December 30, 2011
LAS VEGAS - The last time Jacob Volkmann tried to make a political statement about the President it resulted in some uncomfortable times for the UFC fighter.
Apparently, Volkmann is a glutton for punishment or simply wants to exercise his right to speak freely because he fanned the flames again tonight at UFC 141.
After his victory over Efrain Escudero, Volkmann asked UFC analyst Joe Rogan if he could say two things.
The first was an attempt to call out the UFC lightweight champion.
"Frankie [Edgar], work on your takedown defense. I'm comin' and I'm taking you down," said Volkmann.
Next he turned his attention to President Barack Obama.
"Obama needs a glassectomy. Ask me what a glassectomy is, Joe," said Volkmann.
"It's where they remove the belly button and put a piece of glass in there so you can see what you're doing while your head's up your [expletive]," said Volkmann.
Rogan gave the fighter a strange look and the quip went over like a lead balloon with the crowd in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
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"The whole thing is a joke. He's a joke of a President and I'm just trying to get the point across that his decisions are based on ... it's not based on facts, it's based on who pays him the most money ... it seems like. He's not thinking things through enough," said Volkmann.
Volkmann got some national attention following UFC 125 when he ripped Obama during a postfight interview (2:54 mark). Volkmann told AOL Fanhouse that he wanted his next fight to be against the President. He also called him an "idiot." To no one's surprise, Volkmann got a visit from the Secret Service just two days later. He was also reprimanded by the high school where he serves as an assistant wrestling coach. Volkmann got two weeks paid leave from his job.
The worst came from a brief television appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
"The hardest thing was the death threats and the emails and the calls, and my wife ... she was crying pretty hard," Volkmann said.
He's not worried anymore about any backlash.
"I think that's over. Nobody cares [anymore], really. Who really cares, to be honest? I'm stating my opinion. Everyone's entitled to their opinion," said Volkmann.
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