With the surprisingly good coverage Affliction is pulling this week for their Day of Reckoning event, you might have forgotten that the WEC is happening on Sunday, featuring Jens Pulver vs Urijah Faber 2. If you were hoping for a different outcome to the fight, it isn’t going to come via Jen’s new trainer Matt Hume. Check this interview at MMA Weekly:
Unfortunately, because of the events surrounding this fight, such as the birth of his new son and the untimely death of Eilers, a fellow UFC veteran, Pulver was not able to hook up with Matt Hume of AMC for a full camp. “It’s just me in Auburn up here at Vision Quest. It’s a bunch of new guys I’m working with. It’s pretty incredible. It’s been a lot of fun. Even though Matt (Hume) couldn’t be here, it was just one of those situations. Man, I wish one of these days, I’m going to give AMC and Matt Hume two solid months to train, but I haven’t had that luxury.”
“The opponent, I was more than happy,” he explained. “I’m like great. With my son, and with my friend being murdered – when I say friend, Justin and I go way back when we were 16. He moved out to Iowa and lived with me. It was real hard to lose him. He was somebody I was real, real close to. More than anything, I was hoping to have the holidays and everything, because I knew I wasn’t going to have a full-on six days a week to train.
“I would have loved to have it in March. I love the opponent. Can I do it in March? They said no and that they needed it in January, so that was the only hesitation was just the timing. You got to do what you got to do. No complaining, no excuses.”
The deck was already stacked against Pulver in the first place considering he went 45-50 against Urijah the last time they fought. Now he’ll have three rounds to stop Faber, without the help of a new coach and with the distractions of a new kid and a friend’s death. Odds haven’t been set by the bookmakers yet, but Captain Obvious thinks that when they come out you’re gonna see Jens as a pretty huge underdog.