Doerksen has reason to celebrate

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:43 AM ET

Joe Doerksen celebrated like never before.

The Winnipeg mixed martial artist had to win the main event at CFC 5 on Friday at the Convention Centre, or he was all but guaranteed to lose his valuable UFC contract.

So Doerksen came out like a man possessed, going right after (Machine Gun) Shawn Marchand of Cambridge, Ont., and forcing the referee to stop the middleweight clash 43 seconds into the first round.

Doerksen delivered a smorgasbord of kicks and fists that had Marchand reeling from the get-go. The normally laid back 32-year-old from New Bothwell celebrated his win by leaping up and sitting on top of the Steel Circle, pumping his fist for the delighted crowd of approximately 3,000 spectators.

“There was so much at stake,” Doerksen said of his rare show of emotion. “I had so much to lose in this one. Going into it I wasn’t thinking about that. I just focused on the job, and as soon as it was over I realized hey, I can relax now.”

It was also Doerksen’s third fight in 50 days, so he was really looking forward to his usual post-fight meals of burgers and beer.

“I was mentally getting to the point of exhaustion,” he said. “It’s just nice to know that I did my job and I worked hard all spring and all winter, and now I get to chill out for a couple weeks.”

Doerksen agreed to fight on the CFC card before the UFC called him to be an emergency replacement for a May 8 show in Montreal. Doerksen wasn’t supposed to beat Tom Lawlor at Bell Centre, but did anyway and earned a multi-fight contract with the world’s top MMA circuit.

Doerksen said he never considered pulling out of his CFC commitment to ensure he didn’t lose his UFC deal.

“Not even for one second, because the deal was made,” he said. “They took a chance letting me fight for the UFC. They took a risk on me, and I owed it to them to keep my obligation.”


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