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Jens Pulver’s career will continue in March

Former UFC champion Jens Pulver will return to action on March 5. He will fight for Chicago Cagefighting Championship at the Odeum in Villa Park, Ill.

The promotion has yet to announce Pulver’s opponent for the card. He will be looking for his first win since 2007.

Pulver won the UFC lightweight championship in 2001 when he took a majority decision over Caol Uno at UFC 30. He defended the belt once against Dennis Hallman before facing off against B.J. Penn.

At the time, Penn was only 3-0 in MMA, but his dynamic style made his the clear favorite. Pulver survived an early onslaught and came back to claim victory and keep his belt. Due to a contract dispute, he left the promotion and did not return until 2006.

His second stint in the UFC did not get off to a great start. Then-unknown Joe Lauzon stopped Pulver in only 47 seconds at UFC 63. Pulver then coached against Penn on the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” On the finale card, Penn finished Pulver with a second-round submission.

After the defeat, Pulver moved to the featherweight division and the newly acquired WEC. He won his first fight over Cub Swanson in 35 seconds, but has not tasted victory since, currently riding a six-fight losing streak. In his last fight, Diego Garijo submitted him in 1:08.

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