LAS VEGAS - World Extreme Cagefighting returns to Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sunday, August 5, with another hard-hitting night of fights headlined by a championship doubleheader that will ignite the mixed martial arts world.
In a welterweight title bout, “The Natural Born Killer”, Carlos Condit, puts his WEC title on the line against Minnesota’s own Brock Larson, and in the 185-pound co-feature, Brazilian superstar Paulo Filho squares off against tough veteran Joe Doerksen for the vacant WEC Middleweight crown.
MMA on Tap has confirmed that Joe Doerksen will be facing PRIDE veteran Paulo Filho August 5th at WEC 29.
Joe Doerksen (39-9) is currently on a 7-fight winning streak with victories over the likes of Ryan McGivern, Jeremy Johnson, and Brian Foster. Earlier this year it was announced that Doerksen had signed a three-fight deal with PRIDE but that deal has been voided and Doerksen now has a four-fight contract with the WEC.
Paulo Filho (14-0) is a veteran of PRIDE with an impressive resume which includes submission victories over the likes of Kazuo Misaki, Ryo Chonan and Amar Suloev.
The Canadian Press is reporting that UFC president Dana White has officially stated that UFC plans to bring their product to Canada in October, specifically Montreal.
The mixed martial arts circuit will be in Montreal in October, UFC president Dana White told The Canadian Press. He did not provide a date for the show but said the decision to come to Canada was made Saturday.
The UFC had planned to hold a show at Montreal’s Bell Centre on April 7 but the card was called off in December. At the time White said: ‘‘There were a lot of different things that made that fight fall apart.’‘
White did not provide a specific date but he did state that the event would take place at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Formerly known as the Molson Centre the arena has a capacity of 21,273.
This marks the second time there have been rumblings about the UFC coming north of the border. Originally it was rumored that the UFC would debut their product in Canada on April 7th but the plan fell apart in December. This time it looks to be legit…
This brings up quite a few interesting questions… Will Georges St. Pierre be fighting on the card? He is currently scheduled to face Josh Koscheck at UFC 74: Respect. The winner is expected to get a title shot meaning they’d have to wait until sometime next Spring before fighting again. It’s unlikely that St. Pierre would be able to fight twice in the span of less than two months.
The current Canadian fighters on the UFC roster are Jason MacDonald (MW), Kalib Starnes (MW), Ivan Salaverry (MW), Mark Bocek (LW), Sam Stout (LW), Victor Valimaki (LHW), and Jeff Joslin (WW).
Other possible options?
Jonathan Goulet - Goulet seems like a very likely option. He still has two fights remaining on his UFC contract and since leaving the organization he has gotten his career back on track racking up 2 wins with 1 no contest in TKO. Goulet is a big draw in the Montreal area so it only makes sense.
Joe Doerksen - Since his loss at UFC 58: Canada vs. USA, Doerksen has been on a tear winning seven straight, all by stoppage. Doerksen is currently under contract with PRIDE and he has stated that his goal is to return to either the UFC or PRIDE.
Denis Kang - Though there have been rumors of Kang signing with Bodog, this would be the perfect opportunity for the UFC to sign Kang and debut him in front of his fellow Canadians.
David Loiseau - Though he looked rather unimpressive during his last two UFC bouts, Loiseau was able to get himself back on track winning his last fight at Art of War by submission. If Loiseau can win his next fight coming up later this summer the UFC should consider bringing the Montreal, Quebec native back.
With all of the Canadian fighters out of the way, who would you like to see on this card? Any thoughts on the possible headliner?
News and Notes
- UFC veteran Joao Pierini is facing two years in prison and life-long registration as a sex offender after pleading no contest to one felony and three misdemeanors counts of child molestation.
- Terry Etim (7-0) has been added to UFC 70: Nations Collide, his opponent is currently unknown.
- Rumors have been circulating stating that former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has dropped with fight with Antoni Hardonk for unknown reasons. The UFC site has removed Mir’s name from the UFC Fight Night card so it looks like the rumors were valid.
- K-1 veteran Jerome LeBanner has signed a new four-year deal with K-1. The contract is non-exclusive and it will allow LeBanner to pursue MMA in the future.
- Josh Neer, Jason Black and Joe Doerksen will all be fighting on the upcoming PRIDE 34: Kamikaze card.
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News and Notes
- Seth Petruzelli has announced via his MySpace page that his fight at UFC Fight Night 8 on January 25th has been cancelled. Petruzelli was scheduled to face Hector Ramirez but Ramirez was forced to pull out after suffering an ankle injury during training.
- Remember to tune into ‘Inside the UFC’ tonight at 12 AM EST on Spike TV as Randy Couture will be making his “big” announcement. Reports have already surfaced stating that Couture will coming out of retirement to fight Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title.
- Lodune Sincaid has confirmed that he be fighting on the upcoming January 20th WEC card. His opponent at this time is still unknown.
- Yesterday on MMAWeekly Radio, MMA agent Ken Pavia reported that Ivan Salaverry is tentatively scheduled to fight on the April UFC card.
- Frank Trigg will defend his newly acquired Icon Sport middleweight title April 7th against UFC and PRIDE veteran “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.
- On the note of Robbie Lawler, it is expected that he will appear on the PRIDE USA show scheduled for sometime in June.
- Joe Doerksen will be making his PRIDE debut April 28th, 2007. At this time his opponent currently unknown.
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Today on Sherdog.com’s new radio show “The Savage Dog Show”, MMA promoter and manager extraordinaire, Monte Cox, broke news that three of his fighters have signed deals to fight in PRIDE.
PRIDE was able to lock up three-fight deals with UFC veterans Josh Neer, Joe Doerksen, and Travis Wiuff who are all expected to appear on the next PRIDE USA card.
The IFL has signed former UFC middleweight title contender, Joe Doerksen. Doerksen will debut on September 23rd, fighting as part of Carlos Newton’s Toronto Dragons.
I’m sure Scott will be happy about this…
UFC veteran Joe Doerksen will be filling in for Nick Thompson at Extreme Challenge 67. Nick Thompson was set to face Todd Carney in the main event but he was forced to withdraw due to injury.