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PostSubject: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Wed 01 Aug 2007, 12:01 pm



Former UFC lightweight champion and “The Ultimate Fighter 5” coach Jens Pulver (21-8-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) has opted to drop to 145 pounds to compete in the World Extreme Cagefighting’s featherweight division.

His first appearance in the Zuffa LLC-owned organization will come Sept. 5 against Cub Swanson (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The fight takes place at WEC 30, which will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, purchased the WEC in December 2006.
Pulver’s decision to jump to the WEC can be attributed to the UFC’s lack of a 145-pound division. However, as UFC officials have continually stressed, the WEC fills that niche by focusing on the lighter weight classes.

So far, the arrangement has worked.
With the WEC’s recent growth — including a vital TV deal with Versus (the cable station that’s home to the NHL) — the organization has quickly come into its own. Fans balked at the UFC’s insistence that the WEC wouldn’t be a feeder system for the bigger promotion, but six months in, the WEC has quickly emerged as a viable and self-sufficient MMA organization.

While Zuffa has one staff that primarily runs both organizations, the WEC is developing its own talent, creating its own identity, and garnering its own devoted fan base.

The WEC is no longer the little brother of the UFC, and it’s making it easier for quality fighters such as Pulver to jump organizations.

Pulver won the UFC’s lightweight title at UFC 30 and defended it twice before leaving the organization over a contract dispute. He returned at UFC 63 — and suffered a stunning first-round knockout to Joe Lauzon — before he was pitted against B.J. Penn as a rival coach on “The Ultimate Fighter 5.” Both of the season’s finalists, Nate Diaz and Manny Gamburyan, were part of Pulver’s team.

However, during the live finale on June 23, Pulver suffered a second-round submission loss to Penn. Soon after the loss, Pulver announced his intentions of moving down to his natural and preferred fighting weight of 145 pounds.

He’ll now take on Swanson, a 23-year-old King of the Cage and WEC veteran who’s won his past 11 fights.

While he’s not overlooking his opponent, Pulver’s ultimate goal is to dethrone Urijah Faber (19-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), the WEC’s current featherweight champion and the organization’s biggest star. Faber, arguably one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighters, also has the dubious honor of being one of the top MMA fighters casual UFC fans have never heard of.

That’s beginning to change, though, as the WEC continues to grow and market Faber as the organization’s preeminent fighter.

In addition to Pulver vs. Swanson, Faber is also expected to compete on the Sept. 5 card (though his opponent is not yet known). If both and he and Pulver emerge victorious at WEC 30, one of the biggest championships events in WEC history could be on the horizon.

The latest WEC 30 card includes:
WEC 30 — Sept. 5, 2007
Urijah Faber vs. TBA
Jens Pulver vs. Cub Swanson
Rich Crunkilton vs. “Razor” Rob McCullough
Brian Bowles vs. Rani Yayha
Chase Beebe vs. Manny Tapia
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Wed 01 Aug 2007, 12:25 pm

I want to see Pulver KO Swanson, that will leave no debating for all the WEC fans.
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Wed 01 Aug 2007, 6:16 pm

Yeah i think he will! Cub is ok but there is a reason he is in the WEC!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Thu 02 Aug 2007, 12:39 pm

cub's a young hungry fighter. pulver better not make any mistakes. cub's the perfect person to capitolize on a mistake. this fight will be alot closer than people think.
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Thu 02 Aug 2007, 9:42 pm

Swanson is a unproven fighter on the grand scale of things, Pulver has been to the mountain top and is reborn at 145lbs!! Swanson will be good someday BUT NOT THAT DAY!! LIL EVIL RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Fri 03 Aug 2007, 12:14 am


Cub is quick with submissions! Pulver will need to watch his neck!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Fri 03 Aug 2007, 12:31 am

CUB NEEDS TO WATCH HIS ASS, cause it is gonna get kicked by Pulver!!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Fri 03 Aug 2007, 12:39 am

I am going with Little Evil!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Fri 03 Aug 2007, 2:10 am

You are wise beyond your years my friend!!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Fri 03 Aug 2007, 8:39 am

i'm goin with pulver too.
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Fri 03 Aug 2007, 3:29 pm

We have to boost the numbers in here!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Fri 03 Aug 2007, 8:01 pm

Yeah, I signed in last night and there was 7 guests on at the same time!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Sat 04 Aug 2007, 1:40 am

Ill plug the groups on the next interview!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Sat 04 Aug 2007, 2:02 pm

I'm gonna "Plug" Dennis after Babalu loses his next fight with Heath!! LOL-
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Sat 04 Aug 2007, 3:23 pm

Andy wrote:
I'm gonna "Plug" Dennis after Babalu loses his next fight with Heath!! LOL-

Umm.. hold up! What were the stakes of our bet? I ain't into dudes, dude.
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Sat 04 Aug 2007, 7:01 pm

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Sun 05 Aug 2007, 11:02 am

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Andy wrote:
I'm gonna "Plug" Dennis after Babalu loses his next fight with Heath!! LOL-

Umm.. hold up! What were the stakes of our bet? I ain't into dudes, dude.
i thought your bet was babalu loses dennis gets bobbed in his poo
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Sun 05 Aug 2007, 1:36 pm

OH MAN, I DAMN NEAR PASSED OUT FROM LAUGHING SO HARD!!!! SON OF CEL,..LETTING US KNOW!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Sun 05 Aug 2007, 2:17 pm

this is to funny bobbed in his poo?
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Mon 24 Dec 2007, 6:47 pm

Where the heck are the Lil Evil kudos??? PAY RESPECT TO THE SCHOOL YARD LEGEND JENS PULVER!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Mon 24 Dec 2007, 8:38 pm

“We are intelligent people that fight from the heart. We are the truest athletes there are. We’re what people write about, cry about, and who they want to see: the pure warrior comes out and lays it all out on the line. We do it for pride, for heart, and for the love of the sport. We don’t make tons of money, yet we give our lives for what we do without regrets or fear.”


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Pulver vs. Swanson..> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN7JlLsUSAM

Pulver HL vid……..............> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2gstPe3Im4
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PostSubject: Re: Jens Pulver’s Arrival Highlights WEC’s Recent Success   Tue 25 Dec 2007, 3:10 am

Nice!
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