Hate ads? Creating a Tapology account = Less advertising.
Ajax loader

Us

Pro MMA Record

"Little Evil"

27-19-1

Jens Pulver

"Little Evil" Jens Pulver

Photo Source:  

Mma weekly

Fighter Details

  • Given Name: Jens Johnnie Pulver
  • Pro MMA Record: 27-19-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Little Evil
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 44 | Date of Birth: 1974.12.06
  • Last Fight: November 23, 2013 in SC
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Curran MMA
  • Height: 5'7" (171cm) | Reach: 67.0" (170cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $266,253 USD
  • Born: Sunnyside, Washington, United States
  • Fighting out of: Nampa, Idaho
  • Fighter Links:
  • Personal Links:

Regional Rankings Rankings FAQ

Jens Pulver is ineligible for regional rankings due to inactivity.
Fighters must have at least one completed MMA bout in the past two years to be ranked.

Gyms & Affiliations

Wiki

Jens Pulver Wiki Update Wiki

Jens Pulver, who emerged from a troubled childhood, learned the MMA ropes under the legendary Pat Miletich and the MFS Elite program based in Bettendorf, Iowa, at a time when that camp housed only the toughest of the tough. “Little Evil” made his professional debut in 1999 and ran his record to 8-2-1 in local promotions before being invited to join the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2000.


After defeating John Lewis in his UFC debut with a memorable, on-the-button first-round knockout, Pulver won the first-ever UFC Lightweight Championship by defeating Caol Uno by Majority Decision. Pulver then defended the title twice, against Dennis Hallman and BJ Penn, respectively, winning both by decision. Following his victory over Penn—the biggest in his career—Pulver left the UFC and competed in various shows around the world, including the Pride Fighting Championships in Japan.


Pulver returned to the UFC in 2006 as a heavy favorite against up-and-comer Joe Lauzon, and was showered with adulation from UFC fans upon entering the arena. His welcome inside the Octagon was considerably less friendly, as Pulver was knocked out in the opening moments in a deflating turn of events. That loss began a streak in which Pulver lost seven out of his next eight bouts, prompting him to announce and then rescind his retirement more than once as the disappointments mounted.


In his prime, Pulver was one of the most powerful strikers in the lightweight division, usually picking his foes apart with technical boxing before closing the deal with a legendary left hook to the chin. His quickness and ability to sprawl out of trouble and keep the fight standing was reminiscent of another of his contemporaries, 205-pounder Chuck Liddell, who used the strategy to great effect in subsequent years. Part of Pulver’s difficulty in leaving MMA behind in the twilight of his career has been the enormous love and gratitude shown to him by fans, and Pulver’s obvious love for the sport which defined the early part of his life.


Pulver's story has been showcased in at least two books, one of which was an autobiography written with the assistance of Erich Krauss entitled "Little Evil: One Ultimate Fighter's Rise to the Top."  This autobiography gives a gripping, no holds barred glimpse into the dark childhood of Jens Pulver - how he overcame staggering adversity and developed the indomitable spirit of a warrior that we have come to know as Little Evil.  The other being entitled "Never," written by Timothy Mckinnon, tells the story of a struggling Pulver later in his career, and the support group that helped him through those dark moments.  Pulver was also featured in a documentary entitled "Driven", directed by Gregory Bane, which was funded primarily by fan donations online, and is now available on DVD.  Driven follows Pulver in his efforts for a comeback after four consecutive losses in the cage.

Last updated 09.28.2012, 9:50 AM ET
Wiki Contributors:

Jens Pulver News View All

Tim Sylvia wasn’t happy about Michael Bisping’s recent induction into the UFC’s Hall ... (2019-03-20 18:30:00 -0400)
Po tym jak organizacja UFC ogłosiła, że Michael Bisping zostanie nowym członkiem jej Gale... (2019-03-20 04:48:32 -0400)
The year is 2019. But it could have been 2009. Or 2005. For Clay Guida, a chance to ... (2019-03-17 16:00:00 -0400)
Kimbo Slice once argued that fighters, especially older fighters, should be allowed t... (2019-01-11 08:00:12 -0500)
It’s safe to say, Jon Jones is all the way back. Last week, Jones was finally handed... (2018-09-28 08:00:05 -0400)
Since winning the welterweight title at UFC 201, Tyron Woodley has been chasing a fig... (2018-09-24 08:00:02 -0400)
A UFC Hall of Famer and MMA legend will return to the Octagon on December 29, as BJ Penn ... (2018-09-12 01:00:00 -0400)
Lee Murray, a UFC veteran known as the alleged mastermind of the biggest cash heist i... (2018-07-18 12:00:01 -0400)
  • MMA Junkie : UFC on ESPN+ 7 weigh-in results
  • MMAFighting.com : Promoter: Artem Lobov vs. Paulie Malignaggi set for Bare Knuckle FC in New Hampshire
  • MMA Junkie : Undefeated UFC bantamweight Manny Bermudez signs new contract
  • MMAFighting.com : Invicta FC signs Brazilian atomweight Monique Adriane
  • MMA Junkie : Firas Zahabi expects 'cheater' Jon Fitch to be on PEDs for Bellator title fight vs. Rory MacDonald
  • MMAFighting.com : Combate Americas signs boxing champ Kenia Enriquez to multi-fight MMA deal
  • MMA Junkie : Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (8 p.m. ET) with Ray Mancini, Walt Harris, Chris Curtis
  • MMAFighting.com : Deron Winn to make UFC debut against Markus Perez at UFC Greenville
  • MMAFighting.com : Legend Carlson Gracie to be honored with statue in Rio de Janeiro
  • MMA Weekly : Aleksei Oleinik Top 5 UFC Finishes (UFC St. Petersburg)
  • MMA Junkie : Anderson Silva doesn't rule out new stab at UFC middleweight title, but fine if it doesn't happen
  • MMA Weekly : UFC St Petersburg Pick Em Contest: Who will remain a top heavyweight contender?
  • MMA Junkie : Twitter Mailbag: What should we expect when Dana White unveils 'the future of fighting'?
  • MMAFighting.com : Ray Borg vows to leave MMA if he misses weight again
  • MMA Weekly : Dustin Poirier doesn’t care if people are looking past him ahead of Khabib Nurmagomedov showdown
  • MMA Junkie : Bodycam video: Conor McGregor makes cops wait on cell phone arrest
  • MMA Junkie : Photos: Conor McGregor through the years
  • MMA Junkie : UFC's Dan Ige still uncertain who collected his blood but knows it wasn't USADA
  • MMA Junkie : As promised, Dustin Poirier's UFC 236 fight kit up for auction for charity
  • MMAFighting.com : UFC’s Dan Ige explains how he mistakenly gave blood sample to someone not with USADA