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Depressing Photo of the Day: Jens Pulver, Before and After WEC 47

(Chin up, Jens. At least you get to keep the awesome t-shirt.)

You know whose job I don’t envy? Well, pretty much anyone who has to actually do stuff for a living rather than just write about stuff. Honestly, I don’t know where you people find the energy. But more specifically, it occurs to me that the photographer who does these before and after shots of fighters that were posted to the UFC website has a deceptively tough gig.

Taking the actual picture seems easy enough, sure, but in order to get to that point he has to ask the fighter to take a second and pose for it. When he asks before the bout, the fighter is brimming with confidence fiery optimism. But afterwards? Particularly after he’s suffered what is most likely a career-ending defeat? That’s the last time I’d want to walk up to him with that camera in my hand and say, ‘Do you have a second, Jens?’

Once you’ve become numb to the desperation and vulnerability in Jens Pulver’s eyes and find yourself craving more of other people’s pain, continue on after the jump to see Miguel Torres trying to keep cool even as blood from an enormous gash trickles down his face.

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NinjaVanish- March 14, 2010 at 10:55 pm
I was one of the lucky people to get a pick with Jens pre-fight at WEC 47, Pulver is the fucking man and he is the champ win or lose, you can't beat the heart out of the guy. He is a true example of strength.
imalebowski- March 14, 2010 at 1:02 am
yeah, like when randy came back as a 43 year old and won the heavyweight belt. totally not true, real, or inspiring. or anything like rocky's theme at all. moron. (LOL at yeti stomp) lol and why pick on buentello? he's performing as well as he ever has. it's not like he was a badass and now sucks. he's always been pretty decent and he's still just kinda pretty decent. POO ON YOU
Yeti Stomp- March 13, 2010 at 8:38 pm
I've been saying for years it's over for Jens Pulver. The problem was he was pretty good as a fighter, but more than that he can't do anything else. He just kept hanging on, looking for a last big piece of fame and a big payday to ease the transition from fighter to whatever, probably gym owner or trainer or something.

I blame the Rocky movies for shit like this; we're seeing the same fucking thing with Couture, Liddell, Buentello and I'm sure a few others I can't think of right now. Those movies were good, and inspiring, but they're movies. We all know that Rocky Balboa would have been brain damaged after meeting Clubber Lang and killed faster than Apollo Creed in the 4th movie, since his primary defence was to stop everything coming at him with his face, then miraculously coming back.

Reality check: anybody who tries to pull that shit in real life ends up sounding like James Toney.

Harry Peepshow- March 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm
That is not a bruise on his head, Jean Claude Van Dam has the exact same bump on his forehead
shizite- March 13, 2010 at 11:26 am
Give credit where credit's due, not many can take an axe to the forehead and keep smilin
Bob Reilly- March 13, 2010 at 6:54 am
Looks like they're making another book like the "Octagon". Its full of pictures of before and after fights.
Harry Peepshow- March 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm
Jens Pulverized
jimbonics- March 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm
Miggy has the same expression on his face in each shot. So does his ear.
just some dong- March 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm
His bruises make him look more like his shirt. Same black eye and shit.

Ha ha Jens sucks.

robthom- March 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm
Wrong kind of gash IMO.
honkey_kong- March 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm
WOW! Why do those pictures even exist? Actually, can we get a montage of those pictures with REM's Everybody Hurts playing in the background?
ITR06- March 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm
They should have made Pulver's character after glass joe not soda popinski
MMA42- March 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm
Man, just seeing that pic of Pulver is heart-wrenching.
montanamonster- March 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Jen's needs to open a gym and chillax a bit. Miguel =WARRIOR.

ktfo- March 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm
yes...that gash definetly rivals eastman and pointon
Daddy_jeffy- March 12, 2010 at 3:09 pm
Screw you DirectTV for dropping Versus.
thekid- March 12, 2010 at 3:09 pm