Former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver's ONE FC wasn't meant to be.
Despite a competitive first round, Pulver ultimately succumbed to strikes from the Filipino hometown talent and URCC featherweight champion Eric Kelly. Referee Moritaka Oshiro called a halt to the action at of 1:46 round two.
Pulver opened the bout southpaw, but was nailed with a swift, hard right hand that clearly hurt the former UFC champion. Pulver was initially able to land on top in a scramble, but was soon reversed. Along the cage, however, Pulver able to stand and land a left hand of his own that rocked Kelly. The Filipino attempted two standing seo nages, but Pulver blocked both and was able to take Kelly's back on the second as they both ended up on the ground. A cradle kept Kelly from rolling base down, but Pulver eventually let him up.
In round two, two right hands from Kelly hurt Pulver early. Pulver went for a desperation takedown, but was stuffed with a deep sprawl and front headlock. After they stand, Kelly drilled Pulver with a body kick that crumpled him, which prompted referee Oshiro to step in and save the hurt fighter.
After the bout, Pulver indicated he's moving back to bantamweight. He also suggested retirement from fighting isn't far away. "I'm 37 these days and retirement is on its way. One or two more," Pulver told the crowd.