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Old 05-22-2013, 07:49 AM   #1
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Default 'Bitter' Volkmann plans to 'expose' the UFC

Jacob Volkman recently caught up with AboveAndBeyondMMA.com and declared he is bitter about the UFC, and plans to expose them to the fans.


Ed Kapp: How did your introduction to MMA evolve into what it is today?

Jakob Volkmann: Well, I didnít realize there was that much politics in martial arts, especially in the UFC. That was kind of frustrating. Itís not who is the best; itís more of a political kind of BS.

EK: What do you mean by that?

JV: Youíve 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, theyíre not in there because apparently the fans donít like that. That really bothers me because the UFC made the interest of the sport more of a stand-up fight because thatís what they put on the main card and thatís what the fans saw. They started liking that more than the ground game. Thatís what really bothers me.

EK: Why were you released?

JV: I was released after a loss against Bobby Green, which I shouldíve 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. That was back in February.

EK: Were you expecting to be released?

JV: No, no. I said in a few interviews that I did expect it, but I was just playing with the media. I had no idea.

EK: Are you at all bitter about how things worked out with the UFC?

JV: Very bitter. They always claim that they treat the fighters so well. Yeah, they treat the top five per cent of the fighters well ó the ones that are on the main card all the time. They donít treat the rest of them very well. The healthcare plan is horrible, with a $1,500 deductible per injury ó the catastrophic-injury insurance is not even really good insurance. Thereís no retirement fund, thereís no signing bonus. You start off at six-and-six, youíre really not making too much money because youíre self-employed, so youíre paying the self-employment tax and youíre paying the regular tax and income tax. So youíre paying twice as much in tax. They claim theyíre treating the fighters well, but theyíre not, realistically.

EK: Do you feel thatís a misconception among fans?

JV: Of course Ö People always tell me, ďYouíre rich ó youíre on TV!Ē 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 ó thatís barely above poverty. I have three kids and a wife Iím supporting.

EK: At the end of the day, what are you hoping to accomplish with the World Series of Fighting?

JV: Iím trying to make the fans realize what the UFC is really like ó Iím going to expose them as much as I can. But also my goal is to win in World Series and try to stay undefeated. Obviously itís to win. The short-term goal is to win. The long-term goal is, as soon as they come out with that belt, Iíd like to get that belt.

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Old 05-22-2013, 08:24 AM   #2
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I don't really understand what he is 'exposing' I mean, this guy wasn't a draw AT ALL. and no one outside of hardcore MMA fans know who the **** he is.

What was he expecting to get? GSP type money? when no one knows who the **** you are?

It's the same in boxing, do you think these guys who are like the first fight on the undercard of a PPV show are making millions? no are they ****, they have to work regular jobs as well to get by.

Are we supposed to be shocked by this really?

Get a regular job as well to boost your income or become better at fighting and get some bigger paydays, those are Mr Volkmann's 2 options.
um these lower tier guys are actually losing money and going in debt fighting for the ufc
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:40 AM   #3
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um these lower tier guys are actually losing money and going in debt fighting for the ufc
The guy is a nobody fighter, he's supposedly doing what he loves, and he's making a living wage doing it, can't expect much more than that.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:41 AM   #4
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It is kind of a known fact that the lower tier fighters doesnt make good money
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:59 AM   #5
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Well, Get better at fighting then.....or choose a new career.
Yeh lolz.

45k $ a year is "bit" above the poverty line? this dude is crazy.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:42 AM   #6
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Yeh lolz.

45k $ a year is "bit" above the poverty line? this dude is crazy.
Yeah that's just dumb to say. But I agree that many fighters are underpaid. i know that some aren't the greatest fighters but how can they really concentrate on their careers if they lose money by fighting in the UFC because of taxes and trainers and everything. There should be a higher minimum pay in the UFC at least for fighters with 3 or more fights
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:48 AM   #7
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MMA spent a very long time thriving on fighters who loved fighting or loved martial arts. Now that MMA is hitting the big time with UFC on Fox and Bellator on Spike, fighters are rightly not tolerating being taken for a ride when it comes to their window of opportunity and how much money they make.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:01 AM   #8
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Yeah that's just dumb to say. But I agree that many fighters are underpaid. i know that some aren't the greatest fighters but how can they really concentrate on their careers if they lose money by fighting in the UFC because of taxes and trainers and everything. There should be a higher minimum pay in the UFC at least for fighters with 3 or more fights
Especially in the USA they should not bitch about the fighters pay.
The fighters chose that profession. They can claim they chose it for love, money, fame what ever but they chose that path.

These faglords think they should get paid just for being a fighter.
They dont realise there is very little demand for fighters like Volkmann and bitch about it when they get paid accordingly.

Anderson Silva makes money cause he is exciting and people want to see him in the ring. Volkmann dont get paid Anderson Silva money cause he puts so much less asses in those seats. With his fighting style he might make few asses vanish from those seats and this costs money for the company he works for.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:49 AM   #9
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Too many people give it the 'fighting is a hard job they should be paid more' or 'look at what Floyd is getting paid'

Don't like it, get a supposedly easier job that pays the same. Oh, you won't get one.
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:54 PM   #10
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Yeh lolz.

45k $ a year is "bit" above the poverty line? this dude is crazy.
that is after taxes, he still has to pay managers, coaches and training partners. So probably half that. And yes that is poverty level.
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:55 PM   #11
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Too many people give it the 'fighting is a hard job they should be paid more' or 'look at what Floyd is getting paid'

Don't like it, get a supposedly easier job that pays the same. Oh, you won't get one.
SO the UFC claims to be NFL, NBA , MLB level, well all those leagues have a minimum and it's well over 100,000 dollars for bench riders. Volkmann took punches to the face just like Anderson Silva.
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The thing with professional athletes is that they haven't got a long career and have to pay A TOn for managers, trainers, all kind of coaches and a lot more. If it was a normal job that you can have until you're 60-70 I would agree but athletes have it hard sometimes. Fighters liek Diaz shouldn't bitch about the money they get paid but there are some fighters who have real problems
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ufc is dead.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:02 PM   #14
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You're missing the point completely, just because you take punches to the face doesn't mean you automatically deserve millions.

I was sparring tonight and got kicked in the chest, suppose I should get paid Anderson Silva money now too?

Absolute nonsense!

Volkmann chose his career, no one forced him to fight.

If he doesn't like it he needs to do something about it.

No offence but how old are you? You really don't seem to be grasping the point here, which is so blatantly ****ing obvious it's almost smacking you in the face.
You obviously have some serious social issues. This has nothing to do with me.
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that is after taxes, he still has to pay managers, coaches and training partners. So probably half that. And yes that is poverty level.

Then he shouldn't have had three kids.

Sorry, but I've got no sympathy for a self-avowed conservative who turns around and complains about the card that the free market has dealt him.

There's zero demand for to see a fighter with Volkmann's style, and he's incapable of selling himself to the fans. He's lucky that he made any money in MMA at all. Most guys in the fight game earn a small fraction of what he did in the UFC.
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