Kevin Iole

  • Former UFC champ Jens Pulver announces his retirement at 38

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter2 days ago

    Jens Pulver, one of the stars of the early days of the UFC, announced his retirement on Saturday after a long career that began in 1999. Pulver hadn't fought since losing a Nov. 23, 2013, bout in Sweden to Sami Amzi, but he made his retirement official Saturday at the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas during an interview with Karyn Bryant of MMA Heat.

    Pulver, 38, had an incredibly sad life story. His father, Jens Sr., sexually abused him and once stuck a gun down his throat, only to not pull the trigger and tell his son that he wasn't worth the bullets it would take to kill him. He was the subject of several books and a documentary film about his life called, "Jens Pulver: Driven."

    Nicknamed "Lil Evil," Pulver managed to succeed in mixed martial arts and connected with fans in a way that, despite many losses in the second half of his career, kept him among the most popular in the game.

    But he told Bryant that he finally realized he'd had enough.

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