Jens Pulver is a mixed martial arts (MMA) legend who is about to be crowned and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Fame fighter ... finally.
During UFC 284’s pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast, it was announced that UFC’s inaugural Lightweight champion is finally Hall of Fame bound after years and years of fans and fighters pleading for his induction. Pulver (27-19-1) will be inducted as part of the class of 2023 alongside already announced Jose Aldo.
Watch Pulver’s heartwarming reaction to the good news below:
Here is Jens Pulver’s live reaction to the news of being into the UFC’s Hall of Fame: pic.twitter.com/VjhS57x7EK— Zoheb MMA (@ZohebMMA) February 12, 2023
“Jens Pulver is a pioneer of the sport who was not only the first lightweight champion in UFC history, but someone who delivered some of the sport’s most memorable moments,” UFC President, Dana White, said in a press release. “No one will ever forget his knockout of John Lewis or his win over BJ Penn in their first fight, and his fight against Urijah Faber in 2008 was the biggest fight in WEC history at the time. Jens could do it all in the Octagon, and it will be an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer.”
Pulver became the UFC’s first-ever 155-pound champion, defeating B.J. Penn at UFC 35 after going undefeated (5-0-1) in the promotion. However, Pulver vacated the title after a contract dispute and left the promotion. “Lil Evil” eventually returned to UFC in 2006, but lost both his fights, including a rematch with Penn via submission after the pair coached The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5.
Pulver’s MMA career spanned numerous worldwide organizations such as Pride, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), Shooto, Titan and ONE FC, among others, before eventually retiring from the sport in 2013.
From everyone from MMAmania.com ... Congrats Jen! It is about darn time.
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