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WEC 30: Former UFC champ Jens Pulver on the card

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Former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver is headed for the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 145-pound division, according to a recent MySpace message from Duke Roufus.

Pulver will make his debut at WEC 30 on September 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This doesn't come as a surprise, considering "Lil Evil" alluded to the switch before and immediately after his recent bout with BJ Penn (a loss) at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 Finale. For that fight, he came in weighing 152 pounds and didn't have to work to make the cut.

By his own admission, when in shape, Pulver is a natural for the lighter division. And, the UFC currently doesn't feature anything below the 155-pound class.

It should be a good move for Pulver, who seems reborn after being a coach on TUF 5 and preparing for the rematch with Penn. He won't have it easy, however, in the WEC.

Urijah Faber — the uber-talented 145-pound WEC champion — and others in the division provide top competition. But Jens seems up to the task, and there's no doubt that he won't disappoint fans.

Pulver always puts on a show, win or lose.

The WEC main card, which also features "Razor" Rob McCullough vs. Rich Crunkilton, will air live on Wednesday, September 5 on Versus Network.

It should be a good one ... don't miss it.

Note: Roufus — a Milwaukee-based Muay Thai coach — trains several mixed martial artists and UFC fighters, including Stephan Bonnar, among others. He made the Pulver announcement during a promotion for a seminar that is taking place on July 21 in Milwaukee for which Pulver is the featured coach.

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