Jens Pulver’s record from the WEC onwards is pretty terrible – 3-6 coming into this weekend. But at least most of the fighters he’d lost to were pretty high up there. No shame in losing to Urijah Faber (twice), Josh Grispi, or even Leonard Garcia. What’s more telling is the quality of guys he’s now capable of beating. Pulver’s last two wins had 7-23 and 13-13 records respectively. Last night he faced off with the 6-3 Brian Davidson and it looks like that was a bit too tough for him.
Pulver (24-15-1), a former UFC champ fighting for the fourth time since coming out a retirement following an unsuccessful run in the WEC, scored takedowns on 140-pound Missourian Brian Davidson (7-3). But without an edge standing or on the mat, Davidson ultimately locked in a fight-ending rear-naked choke at the 4:04 mark of the opening round.
Davidson’s quick start may have caught the MMA notable by surprise.
“It was his night,” said Pulver, who’s now lost seven of his past nine fights. “I’m not going to take anything away from him. … He came out like an animal.”
But despite the loss, which snapped Pulver’s recent two-fight win streak, the 36-year-old isn’t ready to cave to the calls for retirement.
“I die alone,” he said. “At the end of the day, we all die alone. … I’ll retire when I want to.”
Nothing creepy about statements like that, Jens. Nothing creepy at all!
At least he hasn’t been getting his head knocked off. The last good clock cleaning he got was from Leonard Garcia back in 2008, and since then it’s all been submissions after some ground and pound softening. Still, how is he supposed to keep pushing on with his career if he can’t even beat guys of Davidson’s calibre any more? Dan Severn’s whole Senior Citizen Roadshow makes fighting cans and newbs part of the deal, but he gets away with it because he’s 52.