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Jens Pulver Announces Retirement Following Latest Loss at WEC 41

Jens PulverFormer UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver announced on Sunday at WEC 41 that his hall of fame career had likely come to an end following a first-round submission loss to Josh Grispi, his fourth-straight defeat.

After getting taken to the canvas in the opening seconds of the fight, “Lil Evil” was forced to tap to a guillotine choke just 33-seconds into the Versus-televised contest.

“I started right here, and I’m not going to be that guy who keeps saying he’s retiring, but I think I just ended where I started,” an emotional Pulver told the ARCO Arena crowd in Sacramento, California. “This has been an incredible run.”

A winner of just three of his last ten bouts, Pulver went just 1-6, including losses to Urijah Faber, BJ Penn, Joe Lauzon, and Leonard Garcia, since resigning with Zuffa and returning to the UFC in 2006. Following a major upset loss to Lauzon in his UFC return in September 2006, Pulver appeared as a coach on the Ultimate Fighter 5 before suffering a loss in a rematch with opposing coach Penn in mid-2007. After defeating Cub Swanson in December 2007 in his WEC debut, Pulver would lose four-straight to Faber (twice), Garcia, and Grispi.

Pulver peaked between 2000 and 2002, becoming the first UFC lightweight champion with a victory over Caol Uno in early-2001, then defended the title twice with victories over Dennis Hallman and Penn before relinquishing the belt to fight outside of the Octagon.

Pulver ends his career with a 22-12-1 record.

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