This was supposed to be a wrestling clinic between two of the best grapplers in the UFC’s lightweight division.
Instead, Jacob Volkmann showed off his underrated submission skills, and put Shane Roller away early with a rear naked choke victory.
Volkmann showcased his wrestling skills and quickly got himself in the position to stop the fight, scoring a huge win in front of his hometown fans and earning himself the chance to make things awkward with his bizarre post fight interview.
The win gets Volkmann back on track following a tough loss to Paul Sass in his last outing, but perhaps more importantly, it may send Shane Roller to the unemployment line after losing four of his last five fights.
What we learned about Jacob Volkmann:
As it turns out, Jacob Volkmann can finish a fight against high-level competition.
Roller may not be near the top of the heap in the UFC’s lightweight division, but anyone that is good enough to earn a few wins in the Octagon has proven to be a tough test, and Volkmann finished a tough veteran in just under three minutes.
This was by far the most impressive performance of Volkmann’s UFC career, and the win is only going to help him keep climbing the rankings at 155.
What we learned about Shane Roller:
It’s always interesting to see who has the better grappling skills in a battle between two high level wrestlers, and as it turns out, Volkmann was just a bit too much for Roller to handle tonight.
Roller was game for the first minute or so, but this fight is pretty much about Volkmann.
What’s next for Jacob Volkmann:
Other than a submission loss to Paul Sass, Jacob Volkmann has been on quite a roll since dropping to lightweight in 2010.
The win over Roller improves his UFC lightweight record to 6-1, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the UFC threw the Minnesota native into the fire for his next bout.
Evan Dunham isn’t coming off a win, but he’s one of the best mid-tier fighters on the Zuffa roster at the moment, and he would provide a stiff test for Volkmann.
Volkmann’s grinding style has been a concern for the UFC in the past, but Dunham has proven that he can drag anyone into a good scrap, making this a fun potential fight at 155.
What’s next for Shane Roller:
It may be time for Shane Roller to attempt to get some confidence back on the regional scene.
At one time Roller was considered one of the better lightweights on the Zuffa roster and was within a win from fighting for the WEC lightweight belt, but the transition over to the Octagon hasn’t been very kind for the Oklahoma State All-American.
Roller could get another fight in the UFC, but after the UFC let a company man like Charlie Brenneman go after just two straight losses, it’s tough to see a way that Roller gets out of this one with a job.