Jens Pulver returns vs. Josh Grispi at WEC 41 in June
Following three consecutive losses in the WEC and five losses in his past six fights, Jens Pulver (22-11-1) will return to competition to fight Josh Grispi (12-1) at WEC 41.
The news comes from Michael David Smith of MMA FanHouse, who sourced WEC officials for the fight booking.
WEC 41 takes place June 7 at Arco Arena in Saramento, Calif., and features a main event between WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown and former title-holder Urijah Faber.
Although once considered one of the world's top fighters, Pulver, a former UFC champion, has struggled since his return to the UFC/Zuffa in 2006. Aside from a submission win over Cub Swanson, Pulver has suffered losses to all opponents, including Faber (twice), Leonard Garcia, B.J. Penn and Joe Lauzon.
The 34-year-old is in a must-win situation against Grispi, a 20-year-old who owns an eight-fight win streak, including WEC victories over Mark Hominick (submission) and Micah Miller (TKO). The Northeast-based fighter turned pro as a 17-year-old is and now looks to enter a crowded WEC featherweight title picture.
The latest WEC 41 card now includes:
Champ Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber (for featherweight title)
John Franchi vs. Manny Gamburyan
Josh Grispi vs. Jens Pulver
Donald Cerrone vs. Richard Crunkilton