Joe Doerksen is a man who likes to fight. 56 times he has entered the MMA arena and had his hand raised an incredible 44 times. On May 8th at UFC 113, Doerksen will return to the Las Vegas based promotion for the first time in two years looking to improve that record, as he faces the much improved Tom Lawler.
After 4 straight losses under the Zuffa banner (3 UFC, 1 WEC), Doerksen could have been forgiven if he doubted himself that he would ever return to the biggest stage in the MMA world.
But the battled hardened fighter did what he does best. He got back in the cage firing off 5 wins, including two for Japanese promotion, Sengoku. At the promotion's 6th show, Doerksen would defeat experienced Pancrase veteran Izuru Takeuchi, stopping him in the 3rd round with punches. Doerksen would be back at Sengoku 10 taking out other another Pancrase fighter in Takenori Sato.
King of the Cage would come calling next and a tough split decision win over Chad Herrick would impress the matchmakers at Zuffa. Tom Lawler was in need of an opponent after Tim Credeur pulled out off the UFC 113 event and Doerksen answered the call.
For Doerksen this could be the final chance to rise the ranks in the UFC. With 1 win in 7 as a Zuffa fighter the veteran fighter will look to make a statement on Saturday night.