Joe Doerksen. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Manitoba native Joe Doerksen has become the latest casualty of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s recent string of roster cuts, being released from his contract following a second-round knockout loss to rival Jason MacDonald at UFC 83 on April 19th.
Doerksen confirmed his release with MMA on Tap partner-site Rogers Sportsnet.
“The UFC officials made it very clear they’re very happy with the way I fight and they want me to come back,” Doerksen said in the report. “But they need me to go put a couple of wins together first. It’s always a possibility whenever you lose. I’ve come and gone several times over my career and I’m sure I’ll be back again. It’s not really devastating news. It’s just the cycle I have to go through.”
The release marks the third time that Doerksen has been forced to part ways with Zuffa. He was dropped from separate deals following a loss to Joe Riggs in August 2004 and then again after a decision loss to Nate Marquardt two years later.
Doerksen pieced together a seven-fight winning streak to earn yet another stint with the Las Vegas-based company but three consecutive losses inside the UFC and WEC have relegated him to smaller shows once again.
“I talked to my manager and he said take a vacation for a couple of weeks and don’t even think about fighting until June,” Doerksen said. “He said fighters like me are always in high demand. People find my fights entertaining and he’s not going to have any trouble finding me fights. So I’m not really worried about it.”
Doerksen will now travel to Utah in June to help Jeremy Horn prepare for his upcoming bout against fellow renowned grappler Dean Lister at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June. Doerksen joins Travis Lutter and Kalib Starnes as the most recent fighters to be given their walking papers by the UFC.