Jacob Volkmann took out Lyle Beerbohm in a unanimous decision win at WSOF 3 last weekend.
But news has come out that the man they call “Dr. Feelgood” apparently suffered from a seizure the night before in his hotel room.
“The maid knocks on my door and keeps on knocking, and I [thought], ‘I’d better not get up too fast.’ So I got up and walked toward the door, and by the time I got my hand on the door, I blacked out. Next thing I remember, I was shaking on the floor, having seizures.
I banged my head, and I must have hit my back on the door handle. I didn’t tell anybody, because I didn’t want them to say I couldn’t fight because I just had a seizure. I had bills to pay, so I really didn’t have a choice.”
Volkmann is a licensed chiropractor in the state of Minnesota, so instead of telling the Nevada Athletic Commission, he was able to check off his necessary faculties and clear himself that night, making him ready to get punched around the next day. He says the reason for the seizure is from him cutting weight and being dehydrated.
“Mentally and physically, I felt fine. I didn’t feel cloudy. I kind of did a self-analysis based on my medical background. I just wanted to make sure that my cognitive was there and my mental state was up to par. I was mentally able to fight, still. The thing about chiropractic education is that the first two years are the same as an M.D.’s education. You just branch off after two years.
It was a byproduct of being dehydrated. I don’t think I need a CAT scan or [anything]. There’s nothing cloudy. My memory is fine. I don’t feel sluggish at all. I’m good to go.”
Seems interesting that he’s making his judgement calls on only 2 years of introductory medical but it must have worked out ok for him.