WEC 38 Win Moves Faber Up: Pulver Slides Down

January 25, 2009

Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver at WEC 38

Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver at WEC 38

Former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber got back on track at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, Calif. Sunday night making short work of Jens Pulver at WEC 38. The California Kid finished Pulver with a guillotine choke just 94 seconds into the fight.

The first time the two met in the cage at WEC 34 on June 1, 2008, they put on a five-round war. The pace was furious in the rematch with Faber hurting Pulver with a left-hook to the body before finishing the fight on the ground by submission.

Faber was coming off a loss to Mike Brown heading into the rematch with Pulver and hopes the win will result in him getting a title shot against the winner of Mike Brown and Leonard Garcia, who will fight on March 1 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“I think I made a statement,” said Faber following the fight. “It’s no secret that I’m going to try my best to get that rematch. I want that belt man. Give me my belt.”

For Pulver, the loss marked the first time in his 34-fight career that he’s lost three fights in a row. Asked if he was still relevant in his post-fight interview, an emotional Pulver said, “I’m starting to wonder that myself. I hope. I’m training. I want to win bad. I love to fight.

“Right now I’m just feeling like a really old 34-year-old man,” added Pulver. “But I’m not done. I’m not done.”