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UFC releases Joe Doersken

The fallout from UFC 124 has claimed its first victim, as Five Ounces of Pain recently learned the promotion parted ways with Joe Doerksen as a result of the 33-year old’s split-decision loss to Dan Miller at last weekend’s event.

Though the bout remained hotly contested throughout, the defeat was the second in a row for Doerksen who had been on a seven-fight win streak, including a Rear-Naked Choke over Tom Lawlor at UFC 113, prior to his most-recent stint in the Octagon.

News of the submission-savvy Canadian’s cut was confirmed with sources close to the fighter.

The UFC 124 loss marked only the tenth time Doerksen had seen the judges’ scorecards in a career spanning ten years and featuring sixty total fights. He exits the organization with an overall record of 46-14 and past victories over respected competitors like Patrick Cote, Ed Herman, Chris Leben, and even the infamous Lee Murray. Now a free agent, and regardless of his status in the UFC, Doerksen is still considered to be one of the better middleweight grapplers competing in the sport today with 33 of his wins coming by way of tap-out.


  • MCM says:

    He’ll be back on the next Canada card after a win outside the org.

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  • @ MCM agreed OR the moment they need another fighter if anyone drops off on a canada or northern USA card….Doerkson can surprise anyone at anytime and get a win….he’s just THAT guy.

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  • BigDave says:

    Don’t quite understand this move this one. he has won 7 of 9 fights and lost a tough fight where he looked good but got slimly out pointed and is cut and a guy like mac danzig (although won by impressive ko is 4-5 in his last 9 and keeps his job. Doesn’t seem right in my books but i’m not Dana so my vote don’t count.

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  • redwire says:

    There must be a non-obvious business reason to cut him, ’cause we all know the UFC will be knocking on his door for the Toronto event. Clearing the books before year-end? No idea.

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