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Jens Pulver Won This Weekend, You Guys

Despite all the talk of Jens Pulver hanging up his four ounce gloves for good after failing to put up a win in his past six fights, it looks like Lil’ Evil ain’t goin’ out like that.

The former UFC lightweight champ was back in action this weekend, picking up his first win in over three years and improving his record to 23-14-1. Although his opponent, Mike "The Assassin" Lindquist at 6-19 was a far cry from the killers he used to face in the UFC and WEC, it’s good to see Jens get a win under his belt to boost his confidence. In Pulver’s defense, he was originally slated to take on 12-10 fighter Tom Ahrens, but his opponent bowed out of the bout in the weeks leading up to the event. For his part, Lindquist didn’t look too bad in the video above. Let’s just hope that training with Jeff Curran in Chicago has helped Pulver get his groove back and he doesn’t just become a regional can crusher.


We’ll get another chance to see if the change in camps for the former Miletich fighter is doing him any good in two months when he steps back inside the cage against a yet-to-be-named opponent at Chicago Cagefighting Championship’s March 5 event. Former WEC bantamweight champ Chase Beebe and Clay Guida‘s underachieving brother and TUF dropout Jason Guida will also be on the card. As Chad mentioned on last week’s episode of The Bum Rush, it would be nice for Jens to string together a bunch of wins and maybe earn a small promotion’s title before getting one more fight in the UFC. 

We can dream, can’t we?


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DangadaDang- January 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm
Fifth ranked featherweight in Illinois. That's like being the number 2 golfer in the North Pole.
Clyde- January 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm
As I said last time, this can only encourage Pulver to keep doing it. At least he was great and a world cahmpion against the best competition. But with 6 wins to 19 losses (or is it 20 now, either way), maybe it's time for Lindquist to call it a day too.
ArmFarmer- January 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Gotta love the repeated head and arm throw attempts... that is straight noob shit in wrestling, and a good way to get your back taken (2:50) or get taken down (2:40). I pinned a kid with it in 8th grade and the guys coach was like that shit won't work next year. I wanted to tell him I only did it because I could tell his kid was a scrub and I was just saving energy for matchs where i'd have to try, but I just nodded.

Glad to see Jens get his hand raised, but this was a mismatch.
Turd Furgeson- January 24, 2011 at 10:54 am
@RwR

Maybe (probably) there's somethin wrong with me, but I've always liked certain MMA douche bags and have no idea why. Tito, Rico, Kos.. I'm a fan of all three, and it makes me happy to see Rico gettin his act together and what not. I've tried to conceal these facts from everyone here at the Potato Nation, because well, I know it's wrong, and I'm ashamed, but I just can't stop. It's kinda like how I hate GSP. There really is no reason for it.
Anhonestmoose- January 24, 2011 at 10:38 am
If Pulver wants to go out as a regional can-crusher on a win streak I would support that decision (even if it is against guys with losing records). He's a pioneer who fought when there wasn't as much money or fame involved. The one thing I don't want to see is Pulver back in the UFC fighting real competition. I hope he gets a 4-5 win streak then settles down to run a gym or something.
LOKI- January 24, 2011 at 10:05 am
Huzzah for meaningless victory!
RwilsonR- January 24, 2011 at 10:00 am
Good for Pulver. I hope he doesn't use this as an excuse to keep fighting. Hang 'em up, Jens. It's time.

@ Turd - I wouldn't have given you any crap for not caring about Jens Pulver, and for thinking him irrelevant, until I read this line: "I'd rather see more articles on guys like Ricco Rodriguez..."

Ricco is just as irrelevant as Pulver, the only difference is Pulver didn't purposely fuck up his life to create a sob story to sell to everyone. Pulver's story has always been overcoming obstacles outside of his control, while Ricco's has been constantly putting obstacles in his own path. Good that Ricco is starting to get things together in his life, but it is about fucking time.
myklhoey- January 24, 2011 at 9:59 am
Turd Furgeson
i hear ya on that, id really like to hear about the early pioneers, or dudes who were helpin to get this sport on the map with the explosion in the early 2000's.
im thinkin thats why dudes whant lill evil to go out on top, fan or not, he helped to blow mma up.
and man IL must have some pussy dudes fightin for them if that guy is there # 5 ranked LW, i mean his record is horrible.
i lived in harrisburg IL and there were some tough cats that, they need to go out in the streets and start recruitin
kellyman- January 24, 2011 at 9:45 am
Speak of bad commentating, remember the early days of the WEC? Those guys couldn't sound any more bored that they were watching guys kick the shit out of each other.
kellyman- January 24, 2011 at 9:36 am
Props to CP for this! Part of me wants Jens to make it all the way back to the big show, win one, and retire. Truly, though, I want the guy to keep fighting and be happy doing it.

@Username
I hear you, Quadros put me to sleep during the early Prides. Still, there's a lot to be said for the enthusiasm of Rogen and Ranallo.
Username- January 24, 2011 at 9:23 am
I know this is not a constructive post: but its so so much better watching, and hearing a fight without commentating (how do you say that in English? you know without the commentators voices and phrases). Lets you focus more on the fight.
Turd Furgeson- January 24, 2011 at 8:47 am
@Kevro

Lol.

@Smitty

I guess you're right. They do pretty much cover everytime the other old school UFC guy gets beat too.
Stak40- January 24, 2011 at 8:38 am
This shit is just sad.
GILL-uh-TEEN- January 24, 2011 at 8:21 am
A win is a win. He should take this opportunity to retire...
Smitty- January 24, 2011 at 8:18 am
@ Turd
Not to give you any crap (no pun intended), but the reason for the all interest and focus on Pulver should be obvious. The dude was the first UFC lightweight champ, and was a real bad ass back in the day. I'm not his biggest fan either, but I'm well aware of his old school badassery. I don't agree with him still fighting either, but whataya gonna do.
Kevro- January 24, 2011 at 8:06 am
*throws crap*
FightZen- January 24, 2011 at 7:42 am
I wish I could fit a cage in my basement.
Turd Furgeson- January 24, 2011 at 7:42 am
I'm probably gonna catch a lot of crap for this, but am I the only one who doesn't care? I've never been a fan of Mr. Pulver. Why keep covering a dude who just keeps losing, or only beats dudes with losing records?

I'd rather see more articles on guys like Ricco Rodriguez who are gettin their crap together and workin their way back into the mix of contenders. (That is if he's still doin good. I don't know due to the lack of frequent updates. Also CP is the only MMA website I visit due to their unbiased opinions, hard hitting articles, and breaking news. )
DARKHORSE06- January 24, 2011 at 7:34 am
I bet you a $100 Pulver goes 0-4 in his next few fights as they'll feed him stiffer competition.
donfryesmustache- January 24, 2011 at 7:32 am
I though he said he wanted to go out on top??!!
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