Jens Pulver Interview

Jens Pulver these days can thank the UFC; what I mean by that specifically is that the WEC had, until the UFC purchased the promotion, been rather dormant in promoting the featherweight division.  UFC, with the acquisition, has made it a priority of sorts to promote the weight class; as a result, fighters such as Jens Pulver are reaping the benefits.  Pulver sat down with Chris Howie of MMANews.com for an interview recently; a variety of topics were discussed, including his upcoming fight with Leonard Garcia at WEC 36, his most recent bout with Urijah Faber and what could happen with him with a win or loss over Garcia.  Below are some excerpts from the interview:

Chris Howie of MMANews.com: How are you feeling going into this fight?

Jens Pulver: I feel good. I had some things I wanted to work on and I didn’t want any easy fight, that’s for damn sure. I’m happy to get in there and mix it up with a really tough opponent. I’m excited and looking forward to getting out there and utilizing things I’ve worked on since the last fight.

MMANews.com: How do you feel you match up with Leonard Garcia?

Jens Pulver: I feel I match up well but I feel I match up well with anybody at 145lbs. I’m not too worried about who they are. His conditioning is great but so is mine. I think he is looking to stand up and maybe use the ground if he needs to but more importantly he wants to dictate the pace. My job is to go out there and dictate where I want this fight.

MMANews.com: Do you feel the experience you bring to the ring or cage is a big factor in any of your fights?

Jens Pulver: I would say yes but the reality is that over the last few years it is like I’m the inexperienced guy. Be it just not having the training partners or not changing and getting a good game plan going. I’ve been just trying to do what I’ve got to do and spent too much time trying to counter what everyone else was doing and following their game rather than doing my game plan and ignoring what my opponent is after.

MMANews.com: What have you been doing differently for this fight?

Jens Pulver: One thing that has been different is that me and Pat (Militech) have been together a lot more. I’m still at the same gym and everything but I was training with the lighter guys and going through the motions. As long as I got in shape I really wasn’t worried about it and I left it up to the skills I already had. I had the attitude that it got me a world title once why can’t it again? Reality is, the sport is evolving and I’ve kind of been left in the dust. Right now I am trying to do that and change things up. Me and Pat have worked together more this time than ever before. I’m the old school guy staying at his gym and trying to work it all out.

To see the rest of this interview, click here.

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