In a bit of a surprise move, lightweight Jacob Volkmann is now off the UFC roster. Volkmann confirmed the news on his Twitter account:
Was just cut from the UFC today.I want to thank the fans, and say i gave it my all.No regrets.— Jacob Volkmann (@JacobVolkmann) February 20, 2013
I wasnt @danawhitedecision to cut me it was Joe Silva's.— Jacob Volkmann (@JacobVolkmann) February 20, 2013
Volkmann started off his UFC career as a welterweight, losing to Paulo Thiago on short-notice and then Martin Kampmann at UFC 108. That prompted a move down to 155 lbs for the former University of Minnesota wrestling standout, and from there he reeled off five consecutive decision victories. The winning streak was snapped last May against Paul Sass he was submitted with a triangle-armbar, but recovered nicely with a rear-naked choke victory over Shane Roller in October. At UFC 156 against the underdog Bobby Green, Volkmann clearly won the first round, but was effectively shut down by Green en route to a dramatic 3rd round rear-naked choke loss with just 35 seconds left in the fight.
One of the prevailing criticisms about Volkmann was his grinding style of fighting, which kept him on the preliminary card in all but one of his UFC fights. Still, he won 6 of 8 fights at lightweight and it looks like he's gone based on losing 2 of the last 3.
Volkmann is hardly on the level of the likes of Chad Griggs, Byron Bloodworth, and others who have recently been given the ax for poor records, so I'd imagine he'd be a decent pick up for World Series of Fighting or even Bellator.
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