Former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver picked up his first win in more than three years over the weekend by tapping Mike Lindquist out a little less than a minute into the opening round of their headlining bout at XFO 38. The performance snapped a significant skid for “Little Evil” including five first-frame finishes.
Comparably, the stumble dropped Lindquist’s record to 6-20 and was his fifth consecutive defeat in the first round. Thirteen of his losses have been the result of a submission.
While beating an individual who opened up his career by dropping seven straight may not measure up to some of the other success the fan-favorite has experienced in his career, the victory was certainly considerable for Pulver who overcame a bit of early adversity relating to a cut before eventually locking in a fight-ending Rear Naked Choke.
Fans hoping the 36-year old Pulver might decide to retire on last night’s high note will be disappointed while there is good news for those desiring at least one more in-ring appearance from the featherweight striker. Rather than hang his gloves up for good, Pulver is scheduled to fight in a few months at a Chicago Cagefighting Championships event. Chase Beebe is also set for action at the March 5 show.