After ending a six-fight losing streak with back-to-back wins it seemed as though former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver might be back. He then lost via opening round submission on a regional card. A drop to bantamweight later Pulver was back on the right track, picking up a TKO stoppage. However, any enthusiasm surrounding his future or a final run inside the Octagon was put to rest this weekend at another small show when “Little Evil” was flattened with a knee by relative unknown Timothy Eliot.
The devastating defeat dropped Pulver’s overall record to 25-16-1 and was the tenth in his last fifteen fights.
After the bout Pulver went on Twitter to explain he’d “half-assed” it while training and got what he deserved, also saying he intended to keep on fighting because he enjoys it even if people have called for his retirement.
MMATraining Take: I’m not one to call for fighters to retire. It’s Pulver’s life and Pulver’s decision to make. However, I sincerely hope he considers the impact his continued career could have on his family in terms of long term health. He’s been knocked out seven times in his career including a few brutal endings. It’s time for him to accept 2012 truly needs to feature the end of the road.