On a weekend that UFC icon B.J. Penn walked away from competing in MMA, and Pat Miletich was inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame, it was only fitting that Jens Pulver -- the pioneer of the lighter weight classes -- retired as well.Pulver was one of Penn’s biggest rivalries in the then newly created 155-pound division a decade ago. And Miletich was Pulver’s trainer, coach and mentor for all those glory years back in Bettendorf, Iowa, when Pulver was the UFC’s lightweight champion. They are all l more
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Prior to BJ Penn hanging up his gloves last night, his former opponent and fellow UFC legend Jens Pulver also confirmed his retirement this past weekend.
B.J. Penn has decided to call it quits following a loss to rival Frankie Edgar on Sunday night, capping a hall-of-fame career that saw him win UFC titles in two weight divisions. Prior to the TUF 19 Finale though, Penn's former opponent and fellow UFC legend in Jens Pulver also decided to officially announce his retirement.
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Jens Pulver finally closed the curtain on his 47-fight MMA career. Speaking with Fox Sports anchor Karyn Bryant before The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale, Pulver said he's officially done with MMA, concluding what was a strange but ultimately successful run in the sport. "I think I've said it like three times today: I'm done. I'm done," Pulver said. This is not exactly shocking news, as whispers of Pulver's retirement have been in circulation since 2010, when the Illinois native was wrapping up a ca more
The same weekend, coincidentally, that his former rival-turned friend, B.J. Penn, also walked away from the sport. This past Fourth of July weekend (July 6, 2014) saw not one, but two mixed martial arts (MMA) veterans and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champions call it a career.
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The MMA Hour is back in your life on Tuesday. Here's a rundown of who will be stopping by and when:
1:00 p.m. -- Pat Miletich will discuss getting inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
1:25 p.m. -- Jens Pulver will discuss his retirement from MMA.
1:45 p.m. -- Ronda Rousey's coach Edmond Tarverdyan will look back at Rousey's dominant win over Alexis Davis.
2:05 p.m. -- Chad Mendes will discuss Jose Aldo pulling out of UFC 176 and where he goes from here.
2:25 p.m. -- BJ Penn's boxing coach Jason P more
Jens Pulver discusses his retirement from MMA. more
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