Former UFC lightweight champion and MMA fan favorite fighter Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver lost his sixth fight in a row over the weekend when he took on relative unknown Diego Garijo at Powerhouse World Promotions: War on the Mainland. Pulver was submitted via guillotine in the first round of the fight (he has not made it past the first round in his last five outings) and many fans and pundits are wondering what it is going to take to get Pulver to hang up his gloves. “Lil’ Evil” spoke with Fight Hub TV after the heartbreaking loss and explained why he is going to retire on his own terms whenever he does call it quits.
“It’s just a tough career man, you know I lose eight of nine fights, it’s like, ‘What am I doing?’,” Pulver asked. “I’m trying to figure it out, maybe it’s just that time. It’s just frustrating.”
Pulver, like many fighters who are fighting against what seems to be a necessary retirement, stated that he continues fighting because of his love for the sport.
“I don’t know man, I do it because I love it,” he said. “I enjoy training and I enjoy going out there and fighting. I feel good … it’s definitely frustrating.”
“Lil’ Evil” believes that, regardless of his current losing skid, that he still has the heart and drive to compete and, though he doesn’t give a concrete answer on whether he will or won’t compete again, Pulver still believes he has more left to leave in the ring.
“You gotta hear the entrance song I came out to: ‘A Little Chicken Left On That Bone’ by Craig Morgan and that’s exactly what it’s about,” said Pulver.
The Idaho-stationed fighter told Fight Hub that when he does hang up his gloves, whether it is now or after another fight, that he will do it on his own terms.
“Nobody’s gonna tell me when to retire,” said Pulver. “Again, I got caught in a damn guillotine. I’m not getting knocked dead asleep and I feel physically great. I’m having a great time. I’m 34-years-old and I’m slumping, I’m slumping hard right now but I’m still having a great time. I love this life and I love this job.”