- Jens Pulver was reduced to tears after learning that he will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame
- “Little Evil” was the UFC’s inaugural lightweight champion
UFC veteran Jens Pulver was in a studio when he learned the UFC had just announced that he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Immediately, “Little Evil” tried to contain his burst of emotions but ended up sobbing and crying tears of joy.
A sweet moment for the UFC vet
During the UFC 284 pay-per-view broadcast, the UFC announced that Pulver will join Jose Aldo and other Hall of Fame inductees of the class of 2023.
Pulver’s raw and live reaction to being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame was captured and as expected, it was a touching moment.
Watch below (h/t Zoheb MMA):
Here is Jens Pulver’s live reaction to the news of being into the UFC’s Hall of Fame: pic.twitter.com/VjhS57x7EK
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In a press release about Pulver’s Hall of Fame induction, UFC president Dana White said:
“Jens Pulver is a pioneer of the sport who was not only the first lightweight champion in UFC history, but someone who delivered some of the sport’s most memorable moments. No one will ever forget his knockout of John Lewis or his win over BJ Penn in their first fight, and his fight against Urijah Faber in 2008 was the biggest fight in WEC history at the time. Jens could do it all in the Octagon, and it will be an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer.”
Truly a UFC pioneer
Pulver may not have one of the most impressive UFC resumes out there, but only few could refute that he was one of the pioneers of the promotion. In fact, many have been calling for his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Pulver made his UFC debut in 1999 and became the promotion’s inaugural lightweight champion after beating B.J. Penn at UFC 35 in 2002. However, “Little Evil” is most notable for his incredible 15-second KO win over John Lewis at UFC 28.
Aside from the UFC, Pulver was also a Pride and WEC veteran. He made a short stint with different promotions, including ONE FC before calling it quits in 2013.
Pulver ended his pro MMA career with a record of 27-19-1.
All quotes via MMA Mania.