Video: Jens Pulver brought to tears by UFC Hall of Fame announcement
Jens Pulver always kept his heart at the ready, and it was no different from the fact that he received some of the best news of his life.
‘Lil Evil’ was streaming live on Twitch when it was revealed that he was the final inductee of the 2023 UFC Hall of Fame class, the official announcement was made on Saturday during the UFC 284 broadcast.
The first UFC lightweight champion was speechless as he was clearly caught off guard by this point.
Look at Pulver’s emotional response above.
“Shut the hell up,” Pulver said. “Shut up, you…shut up, are you serious?”
Pulver, 48, paused for a long time to pay his respects and then hugged his son. Still trying to understand the announcement, Pulver could only repeat “no way” over and over.
A star of the UFC boom period in the 2000s and one of the biggest names in the 170lb division at the time, Pulver joins the pioneer wing of the UFC Hall of Fame along with Royce Gracie, Chuck Liddell, Ken Shamrock, Kazushi. Sakuraba and others
For someone who paved the way for countless fighters to fulfill the pipe dream of a good cage life, it’s only fitting that Pulver had his moment of absolute disbelief on Saturday.
“Are you serious?” Pulver said. “It’s not real.”