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Joe Doerksen released by the UFC

Middleweight Joe Doerksen is the latest fighter to be released by the UFC.

The news comes courtesy of, which received word of Doerksen’s release from the fighter himself.

Doerksen is currently in the midst of a three fight losing streak that began this past August at WEC 29, was TKO’d by current WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho at 4:07 of round 1.

After losing the vacant middleweight title to Filho, Doerksen was then transferred to the UFC and suffered a third round knockout against Ed Herman at UFC 78 this past November.

Doerksen fought on the undercard of the UFC’s most recent event, UFC 83 in Montreal, but lost to fellow Canadian fighter Jason MacDonald when he was TKO’d at  0:54 of the second round.

Doerksen had one fight remaining on his Zuffa contract at the time of his release but indicated that the company is open to the possibility of re-signing him in the future.

“(The UFC officials) made it very clear they’re very happy with the way I fight and they want me to come back,” Doerksen is quoted as saying by Sportsnet. “But they need me to go put a couple of wins together (first).”

  • recently.reaped says:

    say it ain’t so Dirte!!!

    IMO Joe always puts on a good fight, I hope he’s back sooner than later.
    he’s an actually ground fighter who doesn’t stop trying to improve his position. I find fighters like that are rare.

  • matt says:

    Seems like his release is more of a record inside the UFC than being a boring fighter. It’s hard for the UFC to justify a 1-5 record on ppv or ufn. Pete Sell may have the same problem soon. He’s super fun to watch cause he throws hands and isn’t afraid to engage win or lose, but it’s hard to justify bringing him back.

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  • jj says:

    thats too bad, but a couple of good wins elsewhere could be just what he needs in combination with his new training regiment to get to the next level. im sure the ufc will be back knocking on his door when they need someone on short notice. keep fightin’ El Dirte!


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