by Mitch Gobetz – MMAWeekly.com
Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver will make his long awaited World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight debut this Wednesday against Cub Swanson.
The two were set to collide in September, but Pulver had to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury. Pulver, now healthy, looks to get in the cage and take his first step towards the WEC title held by Urijah Faber.
Pulver joined MMAWeekly Radio recently to discuss his fight with Swanson and his health going into the fight. In reference to his knee, Pulver was quick to say, “It’s good. I promise you. It’s good. There’s no excuses. I never make excuses. Never have, never will.”
There has been a lot of hype surrounding this fight and Swanson hasn’t been tight lipped about what he thinks about Jens Pulver. Swanson has even suggested that Pulver was faking his injury in an attempt to extend his training.
“I understand he’s fired up,” explained Pulver. “And the truth, me, at that age, fighting a ‘name,’ I’d be excited.”
Even though Swanson has been vocal with his thoughts, Pulver isn’t letting the fight get personal. He expects Swanson to be in great shape and ready to go.
“I wouldn’t expect anything less. Thank you Cub for not taking me as a joke. Thank you for taking me seriously. Thank you for waiting. I’m glad I get to fight you still. I had my rivals. I had my war of words with BJ Penn.”
Even though Pulver has nothing personal against Swanson, that doesn’t mean he’s going to go easy on him either.
“I don’t have to hate you to beat the living hell out of you. I’m still gonna try to knock your head right off your shoulders.”
After Pulver’s loss to BJ Penn earlier this year, he has changed some things in his training. After all, this will be the first time in a while that he has had to cut weight and will be on the same level of size as his opponent.
“I did a lot of things different. I’m coming off a painful, hard lesson learned from BJ Penn,” explained the former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder. “Make no bones about it, making no excuses, that kid handed me my butt. I’m coming out in this fight and there’s things I want to fix, lots of things.”
While Pulver has had some very big fights in his career, he’s not counting on Swanson to freeze in the spotlight.
“It’s up to Cub and what he makes of it. I’m looking at this like it like it’s a world title fight. I always look at it like it’s the fight of my life.”
On the same card as Pulver is the current king of the featherweight division, Urijah Faber, as he takes on a very tough opponent in Jeff Curran. Even though he realizes he has to concentrate on his fight, Pulver is looking forward to watching that title fight.
“I’m not looking past Cub. In the same token, I’m watching that fight,” he exclaimed. “It’s gonna be a good fight. Curran is tough to beat. I’ve known him for a long time personally. My hat’s off to him. He’s got a very, very good chance in this fight. Faber, the one thing about him, is that he’s beat everybody. I think it’s a great fight.”
Pulver has a chance to resurrect his career on Dec. 12, and a win would almost certainly make him a front-runner for the WEC featherweight title. At this point in his career though, the only thing he wants to be is fun for the fans to watch.
When asked about his prediction for his fight with Swanson, Pulver simply said, “Excitement. What can I say? The fans are going to be on their feet. They’re going to be excited. That’s all that matters. That’s all I want right now is a good, hard-working fight.”