Jens Pulver not retired yet, headling Target Center event

by Ben Pherson | source:

On Saturday, matchmaker Gavin Rydell announced the headliner for December's mega card at Target Center. And Rydell will be bringing a former UFC champion to Minneapolis.

Jens "Little Evil" Pulver will fight in the main event of the CFX/Extreme Challenge co-promoted event in the venue that once housed the UFC. Pulver was the UFC's first-ever lightweight champion.

Pulver is one of just two fighters ever to defeat B.J. Penn at lightweight. He first won the UFC belt in 2001 by defeating Caol Uno. He would defend his belt with decision wins over Dennis Hallman and Penn before the UFC eliminated its lightweight division.

After beating Penn, Pulver's next fight outside of the UFC in 2002 was actually in Minnesota. He fought at Ultimate Wrestling Minnesota: Pulver vs. Emerson, and defeated Rob Emerson by decision.

Pulver joined Pride from 2004-06. Then he came back to the UFC when it reintroduced the lightweight division in the second part of 2006.

Since then, he has struggled. Pulver lost his first two return fights in the UFC to Joe Lauzon and Penn and then dropped to the 145 weight class in the WEC. He won his first fight in the WEC but then dropped five straight before leaving the organization.

Pulver comes to Minnesota having lost six straight and eight of his last nine fights. Rydell said he's desperate to get his career back on track, and he's hoping that will happen here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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11/8/10 10:01 PM by PB MMA


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11/8/10 8:03 PM by pulvera

^^^Is that Frost by chance? What poem is that from?

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11/8/10 8:00 PM by Heineken Man

You shit talkers act like all Jen's recent losses were to bums. Two of them were to Faber for fucks sake. So MMA websites don't rank Jens in the top ten in his weight class, still an amazing fighter. Your haters have been on lossing streaks since birth but Jens losses a few fights in a row and you start flapping your dick sucking lips.

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11/8/10 7:54 PM by pulvera

In my fit of gangster rage I forgot the second "r". Thanks for checking myself before I wrecked myself. Now I will go on back to listening to something more like the Black Angels; Young Men Dead and forget I had to get all westside.

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11/8/10 4:59 PM by Fake Rassler

^^^Actually Pulver didn't always "fight for the finish" and will admit that himself. During his UFC run he fought more conservativelyAfter that he had some of the most brutal wars ever but physically they may have taken their toll on him. Definitely worthy of respect though, that should not be in question. Some people just don't want to see him fight too long and don't know they should say so nicely.

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11/8/10 4:56 PM by FP101

Fucking A...hit the nail on the head.

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11/8/10 4:54 PM by voorhees


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11/8/10 4:36 PM by Stranglehold26

Lil evil will be appearing at the Florence, SC Grub Mart for their outdoor "cage fightin'" event this weekend. What more proof do you need that he is back?

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11/8/10 4:15 PM by voorhees

At least spell Gang Starr right.R.I.P. Guru.Best ever.