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Jens Pulver’s New Movie is Going to Have Grown Men Crying

(Video courtesy YouTube/GregoryBayne)

If you’re like me, seeing Jens Pulver go from being a Tasmanian Devil-like dominant fighter, tearing through guys like John Lewis, Caol Uno, Dennis Hallman and BJ Penn, to being on the brink of retirement after losing eight of his last nine fights gives you a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach.

For those of you who don’t recognize the feeling, it’s called empathy.

Imagine being raised by an abusive father who other abusive fathers would hear stories of and say "Holy shit. That guy was an asshole," and rising above the problems in your life,  escaping by wrestling, then fighting in mixed martial arts, only to have your career go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.

THAT’S what Jens has gone and is going through in his life.

Jens has always been one of my favorite fighters to watch and to interview. What you see is what you get with him every time. There’s no facade or fighter persona he puts on; there’s just Jens who has always carried himself in life and his career as he has always lost and as he has won: with dignity and class.

Watching him talk in the above preview from his new biographical film, "Driven" about the crossroads he’s at in his life is a bit unsettling for me as a fan and as a journalist who has had the pleasure of covering the former UFC lightweight champion’s exceptional career. I was never one of the guys calling for him to retire. I was more the guy who kept reassuring everyone he was OK and he had more fight in him, kind of like the kid whose parents want to put his old dog down, but he’s having none of it. 

I still think Jens has some fight in him, but that’s not up to me or anyone else but him to decide. 

What I  can do, which all of us should do to support him, is help him get his movie finished because it looks like it’s going to be a must-own.

The film, which releases in November, is currently in the midst of its Last March campaign to pre-sale a grand total of 1,000 Limited Edition DVDs (less than 500 remain available) to help cover the remaining costs associated with producing the film. These DVDs will be signed by Jens, individually numbered, feature exclusive cover art, and additional video content.

They can be reserved now through September 10th for a contribution of $30 at

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wowdiscover- December 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm
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jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 3:53 am
Let's begin it’s fight week. On Saturday, all of the training, all of the sacrifice, everything involves a mind after i take on the cage against Coty “Ox” Wheeler at MMA Fight Pit “Genesis” in Albuquerque, N.M. I’ve labored as hard when i can to organize for any fight in that one, and I’m excited to determine everything repay.
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831 Father- September 1, 2010 at 6:38 am
Nah, he's in his mid-20s and is moving to Texas. I know this because he voluntarily offers that information to everyone including MMA fighters.

Actually, maybe we should stop talking about him. He may threaten Ben/ with legal action for defamation of character or something.
fatbellyfrank- August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm
jimbonics Says:
Wed, 09/01/2010 - 02:31
I assume by "grown men" you mean thisredengine.
Funny, I always thought of littleredcunt as bein about 13, and whatever happended to 513 and his Shamlove?

itsgalf- August 31, 2010 at 6:04 pm
pre-ordered a copy. I haven't had a good cry in a while....3 hours
Mex- August 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm
Gonna order a copy for sure, Jens will always be one of my favorite fighters and it's fucking hard to watch him at this point. He's definitely not a shot or punch drunk fighter but yeah, things probably won't get any better. At least I'll have this DVD to cling to and cry with.
831 Father- August 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm
@ Kicktothegroin

Actually, right now he's on top of the world and bragging about how one of his BE posts got to 1000+(!) comments. His life is very meaningful.
Kicktothegroin- August 31, 2010 at 12:39 pm
@ Jimbonics

Well Said, way to keep the memory of that Bloodyelbow Scenester Douchebag Alive. Just mentioning his name may have kept him from hanging himself by a twisted up Tapout T-shirt in his Mom's basement, at least for a couple days.
Frank Mur- August 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm
I find it hard to feel sorry for any man, for I have been married twice and my chosen line of work requires frequent trips to Canada. If only CAPS LOCK HAL were a blood relative of mine, this movie would be about me!
Rolls Royce Gracie- August 31, 2010 at 12:08 pm
Laughed out loud at Viva Hate and RwilsonR. Good stuff.
Jaye Priest- August 31, 2010 at 11:18 am
Great clip....Jens is a great guy and I hope he can pull himself outta this funk......
RwilsonR- August 31, 2010 at 10:54 am
@ sirch - In Koscheck's biopic, when they go to AKA, Cain Velasquez could be played by Danny Trejo, and Jon Fitch's role could be covered by a Novaform mattress.
sirch6002- August 31, 2010 at 9:59 am
@fried taco

playing koscheck has got to be the easiest role in a movie ever.... you get to lay around all day and still get paid....
sirch6002- August 31, 2010 at 9:58 am

idk, but i'm pretty sure that he wont be adding his performance from "war on the mainland" to the highlight reel in the movie.
Fried Taco- August 31, 2010 at 9:56 am
At first I heard Jaden Smith was playing Jens in the movie. But then I found out that Jaden is playing Koschek in a different movie.
Boo- August 31, 2010 at 9:53 am
Jens Pulver's Driven, not to be confused with the 2001 Stallone classic "Driven"...
shitbag- August 31, 2010 at 9:49 am
If James Toney wants to learn how to conduct himself like a real man and fighter, he should look to Jens, who is literally half his size.
cecils_pupils- August 31, 2010 at 9:40 am
+1 MoTropolis

that is all
jimbonics- August 31, 2010 at 9:36 am
Depends on who the hell Gens is.
Viva Hate- August 31, 2010 at 9:34 am
Who the hell is Jens Pulver? Is he related to Gens?
jimbonics- August 31, 2010 at 9:31 am
I assume by "grown men" you mean thisredengine.
for the love of mma- August 31, 2010 at 9:29 am
how bout "bad mouth the boss publicly and get a raise" story of Rampage jackson,Randy Couture,Tito Ortiz,James toney,BJ penn,
MoTropolis- August 31, 2010 at 9:18 am
I thought "The Plunge" was the title for War Machine's first porno.