Jens Johnnie Pulver (born December 6, 1974) is an American mixed martial artist (MMA). He was the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, and was a coach on the The Ultimate Fighter 5 reality show, which aired on Spike TV. He is currently signed as a featherweight with World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), which is owned by Zuffa (the parent company of the UFC). Pulver holds notable wins over Caol Uno, Rob Emerson, Joe Stevenson, and BJ Penn.
The son of a licensed horse jockey, Jens Pulver grew up in Maple Valley, Washington (approximately one half hour drive from Seattle). He was the oldest of four children (two brothers, Dustin and Abel, and one sister, Jamaica). Pulver's eyes are two different colors (one blue, one brown) due to an eye poke from Hayato Sakurai at Pride Bushido 9 in 2005 which damaged his cornea, causing his right eye to turn blue. Pulver was raised in what he referred to as a "daily hell." His childhood house was one of continual violence and abuse, stemming mostly from his alcoholic father. Many examples of the abuse Pulver faced as a youth are depicted in his autobiography, Little Evil, One Ultimate Fighter's Rise to the Top, the most extreme of which include an incident where his father threatened the then-seven-year-old Jens by placing a gun in Pulver's mouth and then removing it, stating, "you aren't worth the bullets." Pulver is the subject of the book NEVER by Timothy McKinnon, which discusses his lifelong struggles and successes with depression, family, and religion, all of which are inextricably entwined with his career as a professional MMA fighter.
Jens has a five-year-old daughter named Madeline, and married his fiancée Kannika on July 4, 2009. The couple had their first child together, a son named Karson Jens Pulver on December 16, 2008. Jens is an avid PC gamer, who has played World of Warcraft and Call of Duty 4. He recently appeared on the December 7 episode of the PC Gamer Podcast. He is First UFC Lightweight Champion.