|Association||Team Extreme / Team Canada MMA|
|Weight Class||Middleweight (185 lbs.)|
|Height||6' 0" (183cm)|
|Birth Date||October 9, 1977|
|Fighting Out Of||New Bothwell, Manitoba, Canada|
|Joe Doerksen Pictures||Official Website|
Joseph Daniel Doerksen is a Canadian mixed martial artist (MMA) from New Bothwell, Manitoba. He is a former middleweight contender of the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and a veteran of the International Fight League (IFL). He specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with the vast majority of his victories resulting from submission techniques.
|Record||49 - 16 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Kalib Starnes||Decision (Unanimous)||AFC 11: Takeover||9/15/2011||3||5:00|
|Win||Joel Powell||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||AFC 10: Rise||6/15/2012||2||3:25|
|Loss||Brett Cooper||TKO (Punches)||SFS 2: Doerksen vs. Cooper||10/14/2011||1||3:55|
|Win||Luigi Fioravanti||Decision (Unanimous)||SFS 1: Mein vs. Zaromskis||6/10/2011||3||5:00|
|Loss||Hector Lombard||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||CFC: Cage Fighting Championships 16||3/25/2011||1||4:13||For CFC Middleweight Championship|
|Loss||Dan Miller||Decision (Split)||UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2||12/11/2010||3||5:00||Released by UFC following loss|
|Loss||C.B. Dollaway||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop||9/25/2010||1||2:13||Bout featured live on SpikeTV|
|Win||Shawn Marchand||TKO (Punches)||CFC: Canadian Fighting Championship 5||6/4/2010||1||0:43||Had to win the bout in order to keep UFC contract|
|Win||Tom Lawlor||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2||5/8/2010||2||2:10||Replaced an injured Tim Credeur|
|Win||Chad Herrick||Decision (Split)||KOTC: Bad Boys 2||4/16/2010||3||5:00|
|Win||Takenori Sato||TKO (Punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 10||9/23/2009||2||4:27|
|Win||Gregory Babene||Submission (Triangle Choke)||CFC 2: Canadian Fighting Championships 2||5/22/2009||2||N/A|
|Win||Izuru Takeuchi||TKO (Punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6||11/01/2008||3||4:13|
|Win||John Meyer||Decision (Split)||Vipers MMA: Venom at the Snakepit||8/29/2008||3||5:00|
|Loss||Jason MacDonald||TKO (Elbows)||UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2||4/19/2008||2||0:54||After consecutive loss, released from UFC|
|Loss||Ed Herman||KO (Punch)||UFC 78: Validation||11/17/2007||3||0:39|
|Loss||Paulo Filho||TKO (Punches)||WEC 29: Filho vs. Doerksen||8/05/2007||1||4:07||For vacant WEC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||BJ Lacy||TKO (Punches)||GFS: Colosseum 5||5/25/2007||2||N/A|
|Win||Dae Won Kim||Submission (Triangle Choke)||DEEP: 29 Impact||4/13/2007||1||3:35|
|Win||Ryan McGivern||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||IFL: World Championship Semifinals||11/02/2006||1||3:04|
|Win||Brian Foster||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich||9/23/2006||2||3:40|
|Win||Todd Carney||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||EC 67: Extreme Challenge 67||6/30/2006||1||2:39|
|Win||Jeremy Johnson||Submission (Strikes)||CITC 2: Combat in the Cage 2||5/20/2006||1||4:30|
|Win||Thomas Russell||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||GFS: Colosseum of Champions||4/15/2006||1||0:44|
|Loss||Nate Marquardt||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 58: USA vs. Canada||3/04/2006||3||5:00|
|Loss||Jason MacDonald||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UCW 3: Caged Inferno||10/22/2005||4||4:37|
|Win||Brendan Seguin||TKO||KOTC: Firestorm||9/24/2005||3||1:49|
|Loss||Matt Lindland||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 54: Boiling Point||8/20/2005||3||5:00|
|Win||Art Santore||Decision||Freedom Fight: Canada vs. USA||7/09/2005||3||5:00|
|Win||Patrick Cote||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2||4/16/2005||3||2:35|
|Win||Matt Knaub||Submission (Triangle Choke)||IFC: Eve of Destruction||3/05/2005||1||1:08|
|Win||Ed Herman||Technical Submission (Triangle Choke)||SF 7: Frightnight||10/23/2004||3||2:12|
|Loss||Joe Riggs||Submission (Elbows)||UFC 49: Unfinished Business||8/21/2004||2||2:39|
|Win||Chris Leben||Decision (Unanimous)||FFC 9: Freestyle Fighting Championships 9||5/14/2004||3||5:00|
|Win||Riki Fukuda||Decision (Unanimous)||SB 35: SuperBrawl 35||4/16/2004||3||5:00|
|Win||Danny Anderson||Submission (Armbar)||EC 56: Extreme Challenge 56||3/26/2004||1||3:40|
|Win||Brendan Seguin||TKO (Punches)||SB 30: Collision Course||6/13/2003||1||2:14||Won SuperBrawl 30 Middleweight Tournament|
|Win||Jay Buck||KO (Kick)||SB 30: Collision Course||6/13/2003||1||0:36|
|Win||Desi Miner||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||SB 30: Collision Course||6/13/2003||1||2:20|
|Win||Kyle Jensen||Submission (Kimura)||EC: Extreme Combat||6/07/2003||1||4:40|
|Win||Anthony Macias||TKO||FFC 5: Freestyle Fighting Championships 5||4/25/2003||1||3:10|
|Win||Denis Kang||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UCC 11: The Next Level||10/11/2002||1||4:49|
|Win||Travis Galbraith||Submission (Triangle Choke)||WFF 2: World Freestyle Fighting 2||6/22/2002||1||N/A|
|Loss||David Loiseau||Decision (Unanimous)||UCC 7: Bad Boyz||1/25/2002||3||5:00|
|Loss||Egan Inoue||Submission (Toe Hold)||SB 22: SupreBrawl 22||11/02/2001||1||0:56|
|Loss||Stephan Potvin||Decision (Unanimous)||UCC 6: Redemption||10/19/2001||2||5:00|
|Win||Robbie Newman||Submission (Armbar)||EC 44: Extreme Challenge 44||9/15/2001||1||1:45|
|Win||Ray McDaniel||Submission (Strikes)||Gladiators 16: Gladiators 16||6/30/2001||N/A||N/A|
|Win||Brett Al-azzawi||Submission (Keylock)||UW: Ultimate Fight Minnesota||6/02/2001||1||2:58|
|Win||Scott Ventimiglia||Submission (Armbar)||Rings USA: Battle of Champions||3/17/2001||1||2:33|
|Win||John Alessio||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Superbrawl: Futurebrawl 2000||11/14/2000||2||3:48|
|Win||David Ferguson||Submission (Armbar)||Dangerzone: Night of the Beast||10/28/2000||1||N/A|
|Win||Mark Waters||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||EC 36: Extreme Challenge 36||8/26/2000||1||2:34||Won Extreme Challenge 36 Four-man Tournament|
|Win||Adrian Serrano||Submission||EC 36: Extreme Challenge 36||8/26/2000||1||2:17|
|Win||Mike Hueser||Submission (Armbar)||Dangerzone: Battle at the Bear||7/08/2000||1||10:51|
|Win||Lee Murray||Submission (Armbar)||EC 34: Extreme Challenge 34||6/17/2000||1||1:19||Won Extreme Challenge 34 Four-man Tournament|
|Win||Mark Jaquith||Submission (Armbar)||EC 34: Extreme Challenge 34||6/17/2000||1||3:54|
|Win||John Renken||Submission (Keylock)||UF: Ultimate Fights||2/24/2000||1||2:24|
|Loss||Matt Hughes||Submission (Punches)||EC 29: Extreme Challenge 29||11/13/1999||2||0:25|
|Win||Cris Custer||Submission (Armbar)||WEF 7: Stomp in the Swamp||10/09/1999||1||3:17|
|Win||Rick Graveson||Submission (Kimura)||EC 27: Extreme Challenge 27||8/21/1999||1||1:14|
|Loss||Eugene Jackson||Submission (Neck Crank)||BRI 1: Bass Rutten Invitational 1||2/06/1999||1||1:15||Bas Rutten Invitational 1 Tournament Finals|
|Win||Dennis Reed||Submission (Triangle Choke)||BRI 1: Bas Rutten Invitational 1||2/06/1999||1||1:23|
|Win||Ron Lobley||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BRI 1: Bas Rutten Invitational 1||2/06/1999||1||1:16|
|Win||Abundio Munoz||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BRI 1: Bas Rutten Invitational 1||2/06/1999||1||2:41|
Mixed Martial Arts Career
When Doerksen began competing in mixed martial arts, back in 1999, he fought four fights in a single night, fighting in Bas Rutten's first invitational event, and even had to pay $60 to enter the tournament. He went on to make it to the finals of the tournament, losing to Jeremy Jackson by way of Neck Crank in the final round.
He lost once more in 1999, losing to future UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes at an Extreme Challenge event. 2000 was a great year for Doerksen, as he racked up 8 consecutive wins, as well as winning two four-man tournaments under the Extreme Challenge banner, and defeating big names such as Lee Murray and John Alessio.
Through 2001, he improved his win streak to 12 consecutive victories, before losing twice at the end of the year. Hoping to return to his winning ways in 2002, Doerksen faced off against David Loiseau at a UCC event, losing his third consecutive fight, this time by way of Decision (Unanimous).
After losing the three fights straight, Doerksen bounced back with a ten-fight win streak, where he racked up wins over opponents such as Travis Galbraith, Denis Kang, Anthony Macias, Brendan Seguin, and Chris Leben. The win over Seguin was in the finals of the SuperBrawl 30 Middleweight Tournament, which he won by way of TKO (Punches) in the first round.
UFC and Others
After his ten-fight win streak, Doerksen made his UFC debut at UFC 49: Unfinished Business, where he was submitted by Elbows at the hands of Joe Riggs. He then won his next two fights outside of the promotion, earning his way back into the promotion, this time facing Patrick Cote. The bout took place at UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2, submitting to a Rear Naked Choke in the third round.
He then defeated Art Santore outside of the UFC, and then returned in his next fight, where he faced off against Matt Lindland at UFC 54: Boiling Point. Doerksen went on to be defeated by Decision (Unanimous).
WEC / UFC Career
In November 2006, it was reported that Doerksen had signed a contract with the PRIDE Fighting Championships, but with Zuffa's purchase of the PRIDE organization in the spring of 2007, Doerksen's contract saw him enter the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization instead.
His first fight in the organization was against PRIDE veteran Paulo Filho for the vacant WEC Middleweight Championship at WEC 29 on August 5, 2007. The pre-fight build-up had both fighters focusing on who had the better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, yet Doerksen ended up losing the fight via TKO in the first round.
After the loss, instead of continuing to compete with the WEC, Doerksen actually went on to compete in the UFC, something he had done four times before, only going 1-3, defeating Patrick Cote, but losing to Joe Riggs, Matt Lindland, and Nate Marquardt. His return bout was against Ed Herman, who ended the fight in the first round by KO (Punch), handing Doerksen another loss under the promotion's banner. Things only continued to get worse, as his UFC record went to 1-5 when he was defeated by TKO (Elbows) at the hands of Jason MacDonald, a fighter he had actually faced off against back in 2005. With three consecutive losses under the Zuffa banner, Doerksen was released from his contractual obligations.
Post-UFC / Sengoku
Joe Doerksen fought at the Canadian Fighting Championship in Winnipeg on May 22, 2009, headlining the event, where he defeated Gregory Babene by a Triangle Choke in the second round. He would earn his fourth victory in a row by defeating Takenori Sato at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 10 via TKO (Punches).
It was rumored mid-January 2010 that Doerksen would return on March 7, 2010 at Sengoku: Twelfth Battle, where he would be facing off against Mamed Khalidov, who was coming off a non-title fight win over Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago. Although Khalidov had defeated Santiago in a non-title bout in his last fight, Khalidov was also rumored to still be featured on the same card, but instead he would be facing Doerksen in a Middleweight title eliminator bout, but rumors were put to rest, as it was later announced by KSW that Khalidov would in fact face off against Santiago. Doerksen ended up not even being on the card.
Return to UFC
When Tim Credeur was injured during training and forced out of his UFC 113: Machida vs. Rua II fight against Tom Lawlor, Doerksen stepped in as the late replacement, once again competing for the UFC. Initially, it seemed as if Doerksen was going to be completely outclassed by Lawlor who was winning most of the exchanges in the first round. Although the momentum was clearly in Lawlor's favor, Doerksen opted to stand and trade with his opponent. Although his striking proved more effective in the second round, the submission specialist simply awaited an opening. And Doerksen found it two minutes into the round when Lawlor tried to check a low kick. Doerksen used the opportunity to hop on his opponent's back, and though he struggled to secure his locks, his Rear Naked Choke was tight enough to force a tap-out at the 2:10 mark of the round.
The win over Lawlor was Doerksen's second win ever under the UFC banner, though he has fought for the promotion a total of seven times.
Doerksen actually had a fight against Shawn Marchand scheduled in his hometown of Winnipeg, Canada with the Canadian Fighting Championship (CFC), before he stepped in to compete with the UFC. Many expected that because of him returning to the UFC, he would be taken off the CFC card, but in the end, the UFC told Doerksen he could still fight in his hometown, with one major stipulation - that he had to win the fight in order to keep his UFC contract. At 0:43 of the first round, Doerksen ended the fight by way of TKO (Punches) to not only win the fight, but keep his UFC contract.
His return to the UFC took place at UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop on September 25, 2010, where he faced C.B. Dollaway. After a patient start from both, Doerksen latched hold of a Dollaway kick and shoved him to the mat. But as Dollaway fell, he grabbed an arm-in guillotine and fell to his back. From there, the action stalled with Doerksen trapped and Dollaway refusing to exert himself any more than necessary. After several tense seconds, it became obvious that the choke was not going to work. As Dollaway looked to adjust, Doerksen alertly rolled to escape. The ensuing scramble saw an intense series of rolls with one fighter looking for freedom and the other hanging onto the neck. When the dust settled, it was Dollaway that was in control. Dollaway kept control of the choke while removing the obstruction of Doerksen's arm, and Doerksen had no choice to tap as his opponent wrenched his neck.
Championships and Accomplishments
- Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Bas Rutten Invitational 1 Tournament Finalist (1999)
- Won Extreme Challenge 34 Four-man Tournament (2000)
- Won Extreme Challenge 36 Four-man Tournament (2000)
- Won SuperBrawl 30 Middleweight Tournament (2003)
- Competed for vacant WEC Middleweight Championship (2007)