Former 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.