ONE FC: Jens Pulver to come out of retirement against Fransino Tirta

American MMA veteran Jens Pulver is set to announce he will come out of retirement and his opponent will be undefeated Indonesian Fransino Tirta. Fight Sport Asia talked exclusively to Wimp 2 Warrior creator Richie Cranny who confirmed that Jens is slated to fight in a bantamweight contest on the ONE FC Jakarta card, February 2015.

Jens has not fought in over a year and announced his retirement in July, however he had one more fight on his contract with Singapore based ONE FC. The former UFC lightweight champion just turned 40. Jens’ story is featured in a full length documentary Driven (2011).

Speaking to MMA Mayhem Radio last week, Jens and Richie Cranny outlined their new partnership. Pulver will arrive in Australia in January to coach on Wimp 2 Warrior and now is set to complete his fight camp in Sydney.

Richie Cranny on Wimp 2 Warrior

I started Wimp 2 Warrior in 2012, a series devoted to changing people’s lives for the better over a twenty week intensive training camp, where the successful contestants square off against each other in a finale in front of all their friends and family. It’s truly an amazing program that I’m very proud to be a part of. Series 1 became a global success, series 2 grew massively and now the upcoming series 3 will be the platform that fills MMA gyms around the world!

Jens will be coaching and mentoring the 2015 series after getting a taste of Series 2 as a guest coach

That’s the beautiful thing about MMA, it’s life changing…this time around I will be there from day one.

Fransino Tirta (17-0-1) is widely considered Indonesia’s finest MMA fighter and the 33 year old has been tested on the Legend FC and ONE FC arenas. Tirta has fought just twice since 2011 with victories over Chengjie Wu at Legend FC 5 (see below) and Sami Amin at ONE FC 17.

ONE FC 26 is set for February 14, 2015, in Jakarta.


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Categories: Asian MMA, Featured, Indonesia, MMA, ONE FC

Author:Michael Job

Australasian MMA


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