In Sherdog’s latest edition of ‘MM-Eh! News and Notes’ UFC veteran Joe Doerksen (39-9) discusses his upcoming WEC middleweight title bout with PRIDE veteran Paulo Filho.
“I’m comfortable on the ground,” he claimed. “I don’t think he’s gonna be that good on the ground that he’s going to be able to submit me. I’ve always been a ground guy, and a good one in my opinion.”
He added that it’s standing up where he sees himself as having a physical advantage, and he spent 10 days in Utah at Jeremy Horn’s camp to make sure that he had everything ironed out.
“I don’t think there are any secrets; he knows what I want to do, and I know what he wants to do,” Doerksen allowed.
Doerksen’s opponent, Paulo Filho, is a veteran of PRIDE who sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-0. Filho holds victories over the likes of Kazuo Misaki, Ryo Chonan, Murilo Rua, and Amar Suloev.
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.
Pride Fighting Championships has announced the semi-final match-ups for the Bushido Welterweight Grand Prix.
American Top Team fighter Denis Kang will look to make it fourteen in a row when he faces off against Team Grabaka fighter Akihiro Gono.
In the other semi-final match fans will see Paulo Filho of Brazilian Top Team take on Gono’s Team Grabaka teammate Kazuo Misaki.