Inside the Chicago Cagefighting Championship

By Bloody Elbow

Saturday, March 5th. Illinois is in deep cloud cover, awash with snow and icy rain. Forty minutes west of Chicago, in the town of Villa Park, inside the Odeum Expo Center, Jens Pulver is hounding local palooka Wade Choate around the cage. It’s the closing minutes of their three-round affair. The arena is already half emptied out.

For Pulver, having just snapped a six-fight losing streak last January, this fight is the first chance in nearly five years for him to put two wins together and begin to change the story of the end of his career. Wade Choate is in a hole almost as deep. Dubbed “The Last Dog Man,” he also just recently emerged from a stretch of losses, which saw his record fall to 12-12-0 before a win last August. He’s a little younger than Pulver, but he’s never reached the heights the former UFC champ has seen. As if he’d like to erase the past two years of his career, Choate’s introduction states his record as it stood in January of 2009, before his five-fight skid: 12-7-0.

It’s easy to imagine how desperate he is to string a couple of wins together, and though outside the cage he may have observed Pulver’s recent downward spiral with due sympathy, in the fight it’s every man for himself. Hence Choate’s refusal to stand in the pocket, and his stubborn adherence to a stick-and-move game plan. It’s been surprisingly effective. Pulver’s had trouble chasing him down all night, and his power shots have come slow and fallen short time and again. It’s enough to draw angry boos from the crowd. Unthinkably, the words “You suck” rain down from somewhere in the audience.

Pulver and Choate fight it out for a final, lonely couple of minutes. When it comes time to hear the judges’ decision, Pulver favors his left foot as he walks over to the referee. It’s a close fight to call, but people nevertheless crowd the exits.

 

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JENS PULVER | DRIVEN free online stream today

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and to show our love for the fans and supporters of Jens, and this film, we’ve decided make JENS PULVER | DRIVEN available as a free online stream for the next 24 hours. We hope you enjoy the film, and that after viewing you’ll make a stop over at our store to pick up your copy of the film today.”

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Jens “Little Evil” Pulver wins by RNC!

A big congrats to team Curran fighter and mixed martial arts legend Jens Pulver. Tonight he ended a 6 fight slump with a dominant win by rear naked choke at only 49 seconds into the very first round over veteran fighter Mike Lindquist at XFO 38.

 

Way to go Jens!

Jens Pulver: I’m Trying to Put Lil’ Evil to Bed

By Ben Fowlkes

Some aging fighters continue on in this sport because they want to. Others do it because they have to.  If you’ve looked at the state of Jens Pulver’s career lately and wondered which category he falls into, you’re not alone. The thought has crossed his mind from time to time, too. In fact, the more he thinks about it, the more the 36-year-old former UFC champion is starting to wonder if maybe that’s been his whole problem lately, and if there might still be time for him to fix it.

“I think before, I was stuck,” said Pulver, who has flirted with the idea of retirement several times over the course of his current six-fight losing streak. “I was stuck wondering, what am I going to do now? Am I going to put on a tie and go to work, or am I going to fight? I really hit a crossroads. I felt like I was stuck in between, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do.”

It’s hard for him to say what the low point was, simply because there have been so many over the last couple of years. As the losses mounted up, Pulver fell into a spiral of depression that only made it harder to get himself to do the things that might make him a winner again.

“You’re just sitting there going, this is terrible. I can’t even buy a win. It’s so frustrating. And then, how do you find the happiness and the willingness to go train? It’s a huge crush to your self-esteem. You just can’t win. But you have to sit back and look at what you’re doing wrong. It doesn’t help anything to sit there saying to myself, you’re a loser.”

 

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The First Event

January 11, 2011 marked the ten-year anniversary of Zuffa’s purchase of the UFC. Read below for a look at the company’s first event, UFC 30.

On January 11, 2001, a company named Zuffa, manned by brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta and their friend Dana White, purchased the struggling Ultimate Fighting Championship, and over the next ten years turned it into a juggernaut in the sporting world that has exceeded all early expectations.

Now, you mention the UFC to anyone on the street and you will get a reaction; back in 2001, you were lucky if you got a puzzled stare. It’s been a spectacular decade for the organization to say the least, but every success story had to begin somewhere, and for Zuffa, the first test would be its first event, at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Jens Pulver to represent Supremacy MMA during XFO 38 on January 22, 2011

505 Games today announced that former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver will lend his hard-earned image and story to Supremacy MMA, a new title developed by Kung Fu Factory for PS3 and Xbox 360. Pulver will lend his likeness and backstory to the game, as well as serve as a combat and story consultant. He will also represent the game during a variety of real fights, the first of which will be XFO 38 “Supremacy MMA” on January 22, 2011 in Woodstock, Chicago. A set of screenshots and a trailer have been added in our download area.

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Jens Pulver returns to action in March in Chicago

Twelve-year MMA veteran Jens Pulver (22-14-1) will soldier on.

The upstart Chicago Cagefighting Championship announced Pulver will serve in the main event of a March 5 fight card in suburban Chicago at The Odeum in Villa Park, Illinois. Pulver will face an opponent yet to be named. A former UFC lightweight champion and eight-time veteran of the world’s largest MMA promotion, Pulver is currently mired in a six-fight losing streak, and five of the results have come in the first round.

The 36-year-old Pulver remains one of MMA’s more popular historical figures. “Lil’ Evil” debuted for the UFC in 1999 at UFC 22, where he fought to a draw with Alfonso Alcarez, who would win just one fight in five career outings. Pulver would improve dramatically in future fights.

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