Following his loss to John Crispi tonight at WEC 41, MMA veteran Jens Pulver announced his retirement . . . sort of. A teary-eyed Pulver told the Arco Arena crowd that his 33 second loss may have been his swan song.
“I started right here,” stated the two-time WEC employee. “I’m not going to be that guy that keeps on saying I’m going to retire, but I think I just ended the same place I started. I love you guys very much.”
Although his emotions may have gotten the better of him, he did leave the window slightly cracked for a possible return.
“I mean, I will and I’ll fight anybody that’s put in front of me,” Pulver said. I’ll make no excuses.”
Pulver was caught in a wicked guillotine choke just moments into the opening round. Due to Pulver’s lack of perspiration, he was unable to wiggle his way out.
Pulver may have tapped for the final time as he continued his exit speech.
“I came out here, I gave you guys everything I had,” Pulver somberly said. “I give you my heart every time. I love you Sacramento. I ain’t playing, I love you guys a lot. I love this sport.
“Joe Silva, Dana White, Lorenzo [UFC honchos]. Man, I remember playing a long time ago. Me and Tito. This has been a incredible run and you guys. I’m not saying retiring yet. [MMA was] only legal in 3 states. Been here at the reservation a couple times. But, I’m going to tell you guys, thank you for making the old man feel good. Thank you very much.”
The 34-year old former UFC lightweight champ has dropped four consecutive bouts, with the last three not going past the first round. If that was indeed his last pro fight, he will go down with a 22-12-1 record.