Once one of the premier lightweight fighters in all of mixed martial arts, former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver is now battling self doubt and considering retirement following a first round submission loss this past Sunday to Urijah Faber at WEC 38.
In a candid message to his fans released on his official website, Pulver expressed uncertainty as to what his next move will be.
“I never meant to get all emotional in the interview after the fight but when he asked me if I am still relevant it got me thinking,” wrote Pulver. “I could hear the crowd and boy I have to tell you it was loud and really started to move me inside that cage. Thus the ‘F’ bomb at the end. I guess I was saying that to myself just happened to be out loud.
“There is nothing but doubt running through my mind, wondering if I am hanging on to long or am I really just at the point of turning things around. I do feel great when I am getting prepared (but I) just had so many things going against me this time it was tough to get away for a good solid two months to give myself the best chance of winning. I do not know where I am (going to) go from here and I do not know if you all just watched the last fight for ‘Lil Evil.”
A contrite Pulver apologized for the loss and also indicated that he will return home and in order to consider whether he will continue his storied career.
“I love this sport and I have loved watching it grow and become bigger and bigger as each month passes,” he continued. “I guess it is time to just go home and figure out where to go next. I can say this it has been an honor to fight in front of all of you who have taken the time watch and all of you who take the time to come on here and say whats up. I wish you all the best in the world. again my apologies to my family, my camp at AMC and to my fans.”
The loss to Faber dropped Pulver’s lifetime record to 22-11-1 and served as his fifth loss in his last six fights. Pulver is also winless in his last three fights and just 1-3 since dropping down from the UFC’s lightweight division to the WEC’s featherweight division.
Despite his recent string of defeats, Pulver is viewed by many pundits as an MMA pioneer after emerging as one of its most prolific lighter weight fighters during a career that dates back to 1999. Over the years, Pulver has recorded notable victories over Joe Stevenson, John Lewis, Caol Uno, Dennis Hallman, and B.J. Penn.