Everyone on the net is giving this fight to BJ Penn, which is silly because BJ has proved over and over that he’s a lazy dumb Hawaiian who’s just as likely to be focused on his next luau as his next fight. Jens Pulver on the other hand lives in the middle of fucking nowhere and fights to drive away the demoms from his past:
The oldest of four children, Pulver endured a childhood filled with unspeakable violence, as alcoholism ravaged his home. Many examples of abuse are addressed in his autobiography, “Little Evil, One Ultimate Fighter’s Rise to the Top.” One incident depicted in the book describes an event in which Pulver’s drunken father threatens to execute 10-year-old Pulver and his two brothers. He shoved the barrel of the shotgun into Pulver’s mouth first, since he was the oldest and first to come to his mother’s aid.
Many people are counting Pulver out because he got caught by Joe Lauzon in his last fight. I’m actually thinking that loss is going to motivate him even more. Jens might not be the most submission-oriented fighter in the world, but with only two loses coming by way of submission (a heel hook and toe hold, weird huh?) I think people are underestimating his defence.