After Jens “Little Evil” Pulver was on the losing end of a fight for the seventh time in his last eight outings at WEC 47 last March, it seemed like the career of the lightweight pioneer may be over.
Dana White confirmed to MMA Fighting this past Saturday that Jens Pulver has been released by Zuffa.
“He has been released,” said White. “We had talked about Jens being a part of the WEC somehow, but he’s not broadcasting.”
WEC general manager Reed Harris told TapouT radio in March that he has no interest in seeing Pulver step in the cage again.
“I don’t think I really want to see him fight again, so I think I would prefer to look at other options,” Harris said.
“Certainly we love Jens, and Jens had asked some time ago about possibly coming in and working with us and doing some different things. And we’re open to all of that, but I haven’t actually had the discussion with Jens, and I’m hoping to do that probably in the next week or so.”
Pulver told The Times of Northwest Indiana last weekend that he had not yet been informed personally by Zuffa that he had been released, but plans to continue fighting.
“On the record, you can tell the whole world this: I love the UFC, I love the WEC, I love Zuffa,” said Pulver. “But I’m 0-5, so I get it. I’m a fighter. Fact is, I’ve been around a lot longer than these guys today, and I don’t make as much money as them. I’m 0-5, and that’s something I’ve got to fix with me — but I can’t take a year off to work on it. I’ve gotta fight.”
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.
Thanks to Tim Ngo for contributing to this article.