by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
While many people whether or not Jens Pulver should continue his career following a fourth straight loss, to Josh Grispi at WEC 41 in June, the former UFC lightweight champion will return on March 6 to face Javier Vazquez.
The bout was first reported by Sherdog.com, and later confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by multiple sources.
Following the loss to Grispi, Pulver (22-12-1) was among those contemplating his place in the sport that he helped pioneer.
“I think I just ended in the same place I started,” Pulver told the crowd in Sacramento, Calif., chalk full of emotion. “I’m not saying I’m done yet, but it’s been incredible. Thank you for making an old man feel good. I love you guys very much.”
Always a very passionate individual, Pulver has since stated that the fire to compete still burns inside. But as popular as he is, Pulver likely needs a win at WEC 47 in Columbus, Ohio to remain with the promotion he has called home the past two years.
The same could be said for Vazquez (13-4), who has lost both of his fights since making his promotional debut late last year. Both losses were via split decision, to L.C. Davis at WEC 42 and Deividas Taurosevicius at WEC 43.
Brian Bowles will defend his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz in the main event at the Nationwide Arena.