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Jens Pulver is an addict

Most people were pretty happy to hear that Jens Pulver had pulled off a win this weekend. Sure, it was against a total can and there’s very little chance he’ll be able to work his way up to the majors again. But if he wants to pull a Dan Severn and tour the country beating up losers, that’s his choice. Last I checked, the bills don’t get paid on “My fans thought I should retire.”

There was one person who really wasn’t happy about Jens winning. He was especially NOT happy with the way fans and journos responded with affection towards Jens. That grumpy pants was Jonathan Snowden, and he wrote a scathing post entitled ‘Why Jens Pulver Doesn’t Belong Anywhere Near a Cage in 2011.’ In it he argues that the risk of brain damage is too high for Jens if he continues, and then drops a shocking accusation of addiction: Jens is hooked on World of Warcrack!

It’s been a hard time for Pulver. His gym in Idaho struggled to get off the ground and his obsession with World of Warcraft, an online multiplayer video game, became something friends described as more of an addiction than a pleasure. They would describe seeing a Pulver who looked more like a ghost than a man, pale as the fallen snow, unable to pull himself from his computer.

And here’s Jonathan saying we need to take MMA away from Jens when it’s clearly the only thing that stands between him and falling completely under the spell of this horrible addiction. At least after getting subbed out, Jens is just a little weepy and emotional. This ‘pale ghost of a man’ business is troubling indeed by comparison!

I think if Snowden truly cared about Jens, he’d write an article imploring him to stop playing WoW, not stop fighting MMA. Because there’s a lot of things sadder than fighting past your prime in tiny shit shows, and one of them is being an unemployed Warcrack fiend.

  • frickshun

    Snowden is such a fucking cockface. Unless he is Jens doctor, what the fuck gives him the right to tell him to stop fighting? It’s probably his main source of income. Not to mention THE THING THAT DEFINES HIS WHOLE FUCKING LIFE.

  • agentsmith

    Snowden is so sickeningly self-righteous.  I dug this line:

    If you posted praise, congratulated him on Twitter, if you watched on YouTube, you were a part of his continued sad demise.

    So even merely watching it on the internet is “enabling” Pulver?  Whatever.

    Out of Jens’s 6-fight losing streak only one was by TKO, and the last 4 in a row were all subs.  So it’s not like we have reason to worry for his chin/brain, unlike Chuck Liddell.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Seriously what are the long term side effects of sub defeats?

  • frickshun


  • epic

    Gentlemen, this could very well lead to the end of the world… of warcraft.

  • glassjawsh

    “Seriously what are the long term side effects of sub defeats?”
    here’s all the answer you’ll ever need

  • frickshun

    Epic–>I laughed.

  • Blackula Jonez

    As long as Jens isn’t getting his skull caved in repeatedly I have no problem with him making a living out in the farm leagues.


    I have yet to hear a good thing about WoW outside of it being all consuming in its gameplay.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    BJ – I don’t think anyone’s heard a good thing about WOW.

    Epic - Yeah, you got me too.

    I don’t think Jen’s jaw was that great the last time he was in the UFC and continually getting hit during fights isn’t gonna be good for him whether it leads to subs or KOs.

    I can respect Snowden speaking up if he wants to try with whatever platform he has to stop someone from hurting himself and his family. But since he’s generally an attention whore, so I have to presume this is another phony comment grab.

    Personally I hope he retires and goes to school so he can provide a more positive home for his fam.
    I don’t think the fight life is much of a career; It’s something you do while you’re young and don’t expect to make money from it.

  • Predator8u

    I too have a problem, which I must admit. I’am an…. Achievement Whore.