An extremely emotional Jens “Little Evil” Pulver was on the losing end of a fight for the seventh time in his last eight outings, including five in a row. His latest loss at “WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz” likely marked the end of his professional MMA career.
“I love you all way, way, way too much to put you all through this again,” a teary-eyed Pulver said following the bout. “I’m just a proud old man. I’m a proud papa I guess. I’m the godfather of this stuff, and it’s a good place and a good way to go (out).”
The gritty slugger used all of the trials and tribulations he was forced to endure to become the first ever UFC lightweight champion at UFC 30 over Caol Uno. He then went on to successfully defend the title twice before leaving the Octagon.
At 35 years of age, Pulver has fought a who’s who in MMA including Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, Dennis Hallman, Urijah Faber, Takanori Gomi and reigning UFC 155-pound king BJ Penn – who Pulver defeated at UFC 35.
And that marks the end of a long an illustrious mixed martial arts career. Pulver will not only go down with a 22-13-1 record, but also as one of the sport’s best lightweights, most well-liked fighters and future MMA ambassador.