Longtime Zuffa fighter Jens Pulver has officially been released by the company which owns both the UFC and WEC, where Pulver most recently competed. The featherweight fighter’s release was confirmed to MMAFighting this past weekend by Zuffa President Dana White following the post UFC 114 press conference.
Pulver was the first ever UFC lightweight champion, and first man to defeat BJ Penn, making him one of two to do so at lightweight. Following a loss to Penn at “The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale” in June of 2007, Pulver’s second straight, the longtime lightweight moved over to the UFC’s sister promotion the WEC and down to featherweight, where he won his debut against Cub Swanson in December of 2007. However, Lil Evil has lost all five of his since then, including first round stoppages in the last four.
There were talks between Pulver’s management and Zuffa executives about the fighter replacing Frank Mir as the commentator for WEC broadcasts, but an agreement apparently could not be reached. Instead, UFC lightweight Kenny Florian will take on commentary duties for the WEC’s next offering, WEC 49.