Jason MacDonald submits Joe Doerksen with a rear naked choke at UCW 3. Photo courtesy of Team MacDonald.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has signed middleweight Jason MacDonald to a new four-fight contract, which will go into effect when MacDonald goes up against Joe Doerksen in a rematch of their October 2005 bout when the UFC ventures into Canada for the first time in history on April 19th for UFC 83.
MacDonald announced the news via his blog on our partner site, Rogers Sportsnet.
“I signed a new contract this week, which gives me some peace of mind,” wrote MacDonald. “It’s a four-fight deal and comes at a good time because I was going into the last fight of my old contract. Facing the last fight of a contract always puts on a bit of extra pressure to perform. I still want to perform of course, but now I know I have a little job security. So the next fight in Montreal will be the first of my new deal.”
MacDonald and Doerksen met before in the main event of UCW 3: Caged Inferno in October 2005. The two went back and forth over four rounds before MacDonald was finally able to submit Doerksen with a rear naked choke with only 23 seconds left in the round.
Since then they have each gone on to win seven more bouts each. Doerksen failed at an opporunity to win the WEC middleweight belt when he was stopped by Paulo Filho this past summer and was then upset by Ed Herman at UFC 78. MacDonald is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 77.