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Jacob Volkmann was a recent guest on The Verbal Submission podcast with hosts Ben Thapa of Bloody Elbow and Brian Hemminger of MMA Mania. Volkmann talked about his upcoming UFC 141 bout with Efrain Escudero and even revealed quite a distaste for the former Ultimate Fighter winner's attitude.
From the interview:
Brian Hemminger: While T.J. might have been a tougher fight, I believe Efrain Escudero comes in with a bigger name due to winning season eight of The Ultimate Fighter so this could actually be a win-win for you where it's not quite as difficult of a fight in your eyes but you'd actually gain more for a victory. Do you kind of see it that way as well?
Jacob Volkmann: I guess. He does have a bigger fanbase than T.J. does. He's got a lot bigger ego too so it's hard to deal with that too.
Brian Hemminger: What is it about his ego that makes you think it would be worse than T.J. Grant?
Jacob Volkmann: Well, I saw him fight down at CFA, I don't know if you've ever heard of them down in Miami, Florida. That's where Efrain fought this guy named Mike Rio and it's just the way he carried himself. It was annoying to be honest and now I get to fight him.
Brian Hemminger: Are you hoping to shut him up a little bit I guess?
Jacob Volkmann: Well, I don't think that's possible. If you get a person like that, I think he's gonna be arrogant no matter who he fights or whatever happens.
Brian Hemminger: Jacob Volkmann, dropping the sound bytes (laughs). So what was it about the way he carried himself that rubbed you the wrong way?
Jacob Volkmann: Yeah, just the arrogance. He seemed like his nose was up in the air and he was expecting people to come over and talk to him and stuff. I don't know. He just really annoyed me when I was watching him.