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It looks like Jens Pulver has effectively answered the collective throng of reporters and fans who have been incessantly asking the former UFC lightweight champion if he will fight again by signing with the upstart CFX/Extreme Challenge promotion in Minnesota for one fight.
Pulver (22-14-1), who hasn’t won since 2007 when he defeated Cub Swanson at WEC 31, will take on Frank Johnson (8-4) December 11 at Target Center in Minneapolis.
According to promoter Gavin Rydell, Pulver is looking to rejuvenate his career by picking up his first win in more than six fights by beating the West St. Paul, Mn. native, Johnson.
"We’re really excited to have him up here fighting in Minneapolis," Rydell said. "He’s obviously a legend, one of the best ever. We’re honored to be able to see him fight here in Minnesota. It’s not every day that a UFC champion fights here. Jens wants to keep fighting, but he knows he needs a couple of wins to keep doing that. He hopes to start that here in Minnesota."
Pulver’s recent downslide is deceiving considering the caliber of talent he has faced in the past few years including BJ Penn, Urijah Faber, Leonard Garcia and Josh Grispi.
Holding wins over several notable fighters, including Joe Stevenson, Din Thomas, Caol Uno, Dennis Hallman, Joe Jordan and Penn, Pulver was a force in the lightweight and featherweight divisions, but if he can’t turn his career around, to see him continue to fight might be more depressing for fans than seeing him hang up his four ounce gloves for good.
As he mentions in the clip for his soon-to-be-released documentary, ‘Driven’, the sad truth is that it’s not that he wants to keep fighting, Jens needs to fight to continue to provide for his family. When he was in his heyday as a fighter and he left the SEC-owned incarnation of the UFC, it was because Japanese organizations at the time paid more, but still didn’t make any of the fighters of the era millionaires like the UFC has done with some of its stars. Hopefully things turn around for "Lil’ Evil."
December 11, 2010
Rumored fight card:
Jens Pulver vs Frank Johnson
Travis Wiuff vs Vince Lucero
Tommy Speer vs TBA
Paul Bradley vs TBA
Adam McDonough vs Jay Wood
Ashkan Morvari vs TBA
Corey Anderson vs Dan Moret
Eric Yngsdal vs Mike Zimmer
Justin Rheaume vs Heath Rud
Justin Kratzke vs TBA
Brandon Noetzel vs TBA