After being released following a second round TKO loss to Rich Franklin this past April at UFC 83, reports indicate that enigmatic grappling specialist and season four middleweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” Travis Lutter will be returning to action in November.
After first reporting that Lutter was expected to take on Joe Doerksen at UFC 91 on Nov. 15, Sherdog has issued a retraction to its initial report clarifying that Lutter and Doerksen are expected to meet during a non-UFC event to be held in Texas.
The report indicates that verbal agreements for the fight have been made but that contracts have yet to be signed.
Lutter, 9-5, is a talented fighter who has failed to live up to his potential. Concerns over his conditioning and mental approach to fighting along with injuries have been cited as reasons why he has never performed up to his ability.
He also hurt his stock tremendously with the UFC after failing to make weight for what was scheduled to be a middleweight title match against Anderson Silva at UFC 67 in February of 2007. Lutter was granted the title fight after defeating Patrick Cote in the TUF 4 finals during the live season finale for the show in November of 2006.
Doerksen, 40-12, is a journeyman fighter with over 50 fights to his credit during a career that dates back to 1999. He has gone through several tours of duty with the UFC but is just 1-5 in six career appearances inside the Octagon.
He is just 1-3 in his last four fights will all three losses having taken place under the Zuffa banner. He lost a bout against Paulo Filho for the then-vacant WEC middleweight title at WEC 29 in August of 2007. Doerksen then returned to the UFC, where he lost to Ed Herman at UFC 78 and Jason MacDonald at UFC 83. He rebounded with a victory outside of the UFC in his last fight, earning a split decision victory over John Meyer during a Vipers MMA event last month.