Jens Pulver's Blogs

  • Pat Miletich Analyzes Which Wrestlers Make Good Strikers By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Pat Miletich, on “Beatdown,” discussing which wrestlers become good strikers:

    “When I look at wrestlers, I look at the style of wrestler that they are. Their ability to pick up striking, very similarly, will depend on -- most of the time -- on how they wrestled. How quick were they? How fleet-footed were they? If they were a guy that just latched onto people and just kind of tried to grind people out -- which there’s a lot of guys who are great at that and win national championships and Olympic medals doing that style of wrestling -- they’re generally not the kind of guy who’s going to be great at striking. It never works out that way, not very often.

    “But the guys who are real fleet-footed, real quick, agile athletes, guys that can scramble, a lot of fast-twitch muscle, guys like Ty Woodley, a guy like Cain Velasquez, a guy like Daniel Cormier, guys like that, they get it. Rob Lawler’s the same way. Jens Pulver was that way. The style of wrestler that they are lends itself to the striking, but also the base of wrestling -- wrestling’s a brutal sport. I have to admit that the daily grind of wrestling, it’s a street fight for two hours in practice every day. It’s just a brutal sport. If you give up for a second in a wrestling match, you’ll get put on your back. You can’t coast when you’re up against tough people, and that’s just their mentality. Between the work ethic, the explosiveness, the balance, the grip, the tendon strength, everything combined, I don’t see how you could not pick that as the best base for an MMA career.”

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  • Tuesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber and Sam Stout vs. Yves Edwards.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes; Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago; Jake Ellenberger vs. Sean Pierson.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar; Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin; Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader.

    1:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Cub Swanson puts boxer Tim Bradley through an MMA workout; Anderson Silva's rematch is critiqued by the Gracie brothers; UFC fighters discuss the great sacrifices required to be succeed in MMA.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    Relive UFC 141, Brock Lesnar versus Alistair Overeem.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Greatest Submissions Some of the most spectacular submissions ever witnessed in the history of PRIDE.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Anderson Silva vs. Carlos Newton The best of team Chute Box, featuring Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio Rua.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Randy Couture vs. James Toney; Shane Carwin vs. Brock Lesnar.

    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    UFC Fight Night 23: Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guillard in UFC Fight for the Troops 2.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Chuck Liddell

    10:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 155

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 13: The Ultimate Finale UFC Returns to The Pearl at The Palms for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. The main event will feature Jens Pulver vs. B.J. Penn.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

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  • Sunday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Sunday



    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Illir Latifi vs. Gegard Mousasi From the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Minotauro Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum Jason Rony vs. Mike Wilkinson; Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez; Erick Silva vs. Jason High; Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Feijao; William Patolino vs. Leonardo Santos; Antonio Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum. From Fortaleza, Brazil.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 Episode 12: Gave a Hundred The last semi-final match takes place to determine who will move on to fight in the live finale.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 Episode 13: The Ultimate Finale UFC Returns to The Pearl at The Palms for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. The main event will feature Jens Pulver vs. B.J. Penn.

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Friday



    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    UFC Fight Night 23: Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guillard in UFC Fight for the Troops 2.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    UFC Fight Night 23: Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guillard in UFC Fight for the Troops 2.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    UFC Fight Night 18: Relive all the action from UFC Fight Night 18: Carlos Condit vs Martin Kampmann in Nashville, Tenn.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Anderson Silva vs. Carlos Newton The best of team Chute Box, featuring Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio Rua.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Before They Were Champs The earliest octagon moments of future title-holders Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and Cain Velasquez.

    5:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Cub Swanson puts boxer Tim Bradley through an MMA workout; Anderson Silva's rematch is critiqued by the Gracie brothers; UFC fighters discuss the great sacrifices required to be succeed in MMA.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez
    Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez battle for the light heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier; Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. From San Jose, Calif.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao
    Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao; Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson; Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa; Jorge Santiago Gunnar Nelson; Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna; Matt Riddle vs. Che Mills. From London.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 298 Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten look at UFC on FOX 8; Michael Schiavello and Pat Miletich preview Legacy FC 21.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Before They Were Champs The earliest octagon moments of future title-holders Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and Cain Velasquez.

    11:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Cub Swanson puts boxer Tim Bradley through an MMA workout; Anderson Silva's rematch is critiqued by the Gracie brothers; UFC fighters discuss the great sacrifices required to be succeed in MMA.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 13: The Ultimate Finale UFC Returns to The Pearl at The Palms for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. The main event will feature Jens Pulver vs. B.J. Penn.

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  • Saturday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Saturday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    3:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida Prelims
    Longtime lightweight rivals Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout, and featherweights Ross Pearson and Cub Swanson.

    9:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    FOX 7 Fight Flashback Ultimate Fighter upset winner Kelvin Gastelum in studio.

    9:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The most shocking moments in Pride history.

    1:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    1:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

    6:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 4: Waah, Waah! Team Pulver looks to continue its winning; Team Penn must deal with a member that won't listen.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The most shocking moments in Pride history.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Frankie Edgar takes on Sean Sherk in a lightweight bout; Chael Sonnen takes on Nate Marquardt.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Friday



    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    Welterweights Josh Koschek vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida face off in UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera Prelims
    Nam Phan vs. Cole Miller; Wagner Prado vs. Phil Davis; Rani Yahya vs. Josh Grispi; Oli Thompson vs. Phil De Fries; Michihiro Omigawa vs. Manny Gamburyan; John Moraga vs. Ulysses Gomez. From Los Angeles. (Card subject to change)

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 3: This is My Zone B.J. Penn and his coaches are unhappy with Team Penn's effort; Gabe goes to extreme measures to cut weight.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 4: Waah, Waah! Team Jens Pulver looks to continue its winning; Team B.J. Penn must deal with a member that won't listen.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The most shocking moments in Pride history.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    5:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez
    Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez battle for the light heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier; Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. From San Jose, Calif.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    Welterweights Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida face off in UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 289 Bas Rutten chats with George St. Pierre; Pat Miletich and Michael Schiavello preview MFC 37.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: Fights
    Maximum Fighting Championship 37: True Grit Chris Barnett vs. Smealinho Rama. From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    10:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 144: Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Thursday



    3:30 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Jordan Mein has been fast tracked to stardom; Gilbert Melendez and host Jon Anik discuss his debut; Benson Henderson and NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; fighters reveal how fans in the audience can truly influence the outcome in the Octagon.

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    From Iceland emerges Gunnar Nelson; Phil Davis entertains; Alan Belcher's jiu-jitsu skill; visit the Tristar Dorms.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    FOX 7 Fight Flashback Ultimate Fighter upset winner Kelvin Gastelum in studio.

    7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva Prelims
    Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards; Michael Johnson vs. Danny Castillo; Mike Pierce vs. Aaron Simpson; Marcus LeVesseur vs. Carlo Prater; Jacob Volkmann vs. Shane Roller; Bart Palaszewski vs. Diego Nunes; Darren Uyenoyama vs. Phil Harris.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 144: Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The most shocking moments in Pride history.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Frankie Edgar takes on Sean Sherk in a lightweight bout; Chael Sonnen takes on Nate Marquardt.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Anthony Johnson vs. Josh Koscheck; Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni; Ben Saunders vs. Marcus Davis.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 4: Waah, Waah! Team Jens Pulver looks to continue its winning; Team B.J. Penn must deal with a member that won't listen.

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  • Poll: Best Lightweight Ever?



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  • Sherdog Exclusive: Supremacy MMA Trailer By: Mike Whitman

    In the last two years, both EA Sports’ “MMA” and THQ’s “UFC Undisputed” video game series have offered MMA fans realistic, simulation-based titles featuring modern-day, regulated mixed martial arts.

    “Supremacy MMA” takes a different approach. Developed by Kung Fu Factory and distributed by 505 Games, “Supremacy MMA” combines arcade-style game play coupled with over-the-top brutality. Rated “Mature” by the ESRB for the blood, violence, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language and use of drugs, the game allows players to compete in fast-paced, hyperbolic vale tudo.

    Due to the unregulated nature of the in-game matches, a variety of maneuvers may be executed outside the jurisdiction of the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. As exhibited in the game's new trailer -- seen here one day prior to the worldwide release -- players will be equipped with a true, “anything goes” toolbox of techniques. Limbs are graphically snapped and blood flows freely as players use punches, kicks, stomps, headbutts and slams to batter opponents into submission.

    Digital combatants will not scrap under the bright lights of a popular Las Vegas venue, nor will their fights be shown to a massive audience on pay-per-view. Instead, fights take place in underground locations like prisons and dive bars in front of smaller, seedier crowds.

    “Supremacy MMA” will also feature a handful of real-life mixed martial artists, including the UFC’s inaugural lightweight champion, Jens Pulver. In addition to “Little Evil,” gamers can control former K-1 World Grand Prix finalist Jerome Le Banner and Strikeforce heavyweight Shane del Rosario, who will be available to gamers who pre-order the title at GameStop. “Supremacy MMA” will also include a pair of up-and-coming female talents -- a first for MMA games -- as players may fight as both Felice Herrig and Michele Gutierrez.

    “Supremacy MMA” hits shelves Sept. 20 for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 and will retail for $59.99. The game will also be available on handheld console Playstation Vita for the holiday season.



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  • Jens Pulver’s MMA Fight Pit Blog: Part 4



    Jens Pulver eyes a turnaround Saturday in New Mexico. | Photo: Dave Mandel



    Former UFC lightweight champion and WEC featherweight title contender Jens Pulver will blog his thoughts and experiences leading up to his MMA Fight Pit “Genesis” showdown with Coty Wheeler for Sherdog.com readers.

    This will be my last blog for Sherdog before my fight with “Ox” Wheeler on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. Outside of some last-minute preparation, I’m ready to go. I’ve been in New Mexico since Tuesday, and I’m ready to fight. In some ways, this is the hardest time for a fighter. You do training camps, and they can be very difficult; no question about it. Cutting weight to get to bantamweight -- man, it sucks sometimes. But now all the training is done, all the physical preparation is done, so it’s just weight-cutting and waiting. It’s like all of this is you paying the price for actually getting to step into the cage. Getting in there and letting it go is my reward for not eating what I want, for pushing past the fatigue wall, for doing media when I don’t feel like it. It all gets paid back when I get to actually step in the cage and put the training to use.

    As I mentioned, weigh-cutting is not the most fun thing you do as a fighter. To make weight, you have to be very careful with your diet. You have to drink the right amount of fluids. You have to know when to hit the sauna. There are a lot of factors involved. You definitely don’t want to overdo it to the point where the fight ends up being against your own body rather than your opponent. Fighting as long I have, I’ve got my system down. My weight is where I want it to be, and I don’t foresee any problems making weight at all. However, I have to be aware of a different element to this fight.

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