A mixed-martial arts fighter has reportedly received a visit from the Secret Service after saying in a post-fight interview he wanted to fight President Obama.
Jacob Volkmann, a fighter with Ultimate Fighting Championship, said in a Jan. 1 interview that he wanted to face off against the president because he disagreed with his healthcare policy.
"Someone's got to knock some sense into that idiot," he said in the interview, which is available on YouTube. "I just don't like what Barack is doing. ... I know the healthcare situation is not good, but he's making it worse."
However, those comments were sufficient to merit a visit a Jan. 4 visit from the Secret Service, he told MMAWeekly.com.
"The guy introduced himself and said he was from the Secret Service and he wanted to ask me some questions about UFC 125 and my quote. He said there were people calling in to D.C. telling them that somebody, me, was threatening the President," he said.
Volkmann characterized the interview as largely formal, and happened because someone informed the authorities he had threatened the president.
"This guy had the whole interview on a piece of paper and it had my picture and everything,” said Volkmann. “He was like ‘Is this what you said?’ and I said, ‘Yes it is.’ He’s like ‘I want to let you know I’m a little embarrassed for coming here and doing this because obviously nothing happened.’ He actually apologized for coming, but he had to come. He wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to D.C. to hurt the President," Volkmann said.