UFC lightweight Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann has been released from his UFC contract.
Volkmann, who went 6-4 inside of the octagon, confirmed the release on his Twitter account.
Was just from the UFC today. I want to thank the fans, and I gave it my all. No regrets.
Volkmann’s last fight was against Strikeforce veteran Bobby Green, who won with a rear naked choke near the end of the third round. The choke earned Green his first “Submission of the Night” bonus at UFC 156. With his NCAA Division-1 wrestling background, Volkmann was able to get some wins and become a staple on the UFC’s preliminary card. However, Christmas always seemed to come up short against higher ranked fighters like Martin Kampmann.
Besides his wrestling, Volkmann will be most remembered for calling out President Barack Obama, which ended up getting him placed on administrative leave by White Bear Lake High School, where he was an assistant head coach of wrestling.
Like all fighters who get cut from the UFC, Volkmann will easily find another promotion to fight in. He previously fought in Bellator Fighting Championships. With the promotion moving to Spike, they could bring him in for a future lightweight tournament. The World Series of Fighting has also been signing former UFC fighters, which could lead to him fighting for the new promotion.
Volkmann’s departure leaves little to no hole in in the UFC’s lightweight division. The best thing for him to do would be to get a couple of wins in smaller promotions. Who knows? This could lead to the second coming of Christmas.
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