UFC scrapper eager for fight

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

It was April 16, 2005, and Joe Doerksen was not doing well.

The mixed martial artist from New Bothwell, Man., was in the octagon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the Ultimate Fighting Championship 52 card, and he was getting whipped by Montreal's Patrick Cote.

Doerksen got hit so hard that night he thought he was still married, even though he had been divorced two years earlier.

"It was an interesting evening," Doerksen, 28, said earlier this week. "There were a lot of confusing moments where I thought that parts of my life that were long over were still going on."

The most surprising part of that evening, though? Doerksen actually bounced back to beat Cote for his first UFC win in his second career tilt.

"All (the fans) saw was me getting knocked down and get pounded on and then come back and choke the guy out," Doerksen said. "But behind the scenes it was pretty funny for a lot of my friends."

Doerksen, who has since lost two more bouts on the UFC circuit, will fight in the upcoming Colosseum of Champions, a King John Boxing card that will feature boxing, mixed martial arts and Muay Thai (kickboxing).

BLOOD WILL BE SPILLED

The blood will be spilled on Saturday, April 15, at Winnipeg's Convention Centre.

Doerksen, who is allowed to fight anywhere he wants as long as it doesn't conflict with his UFC obligations, will take on Chicago's Bill Hill in front of a hometown crowd.

"For him it's a chance to move up the food chain, so he's gonna be aggressive," said Doerksen. "He turned down a fight in another show in the U.S. that would have paid more because he wanted to fight me.

"So he definitely wants to make a name for himself."

Doerksen fought in Winnipeg last October, but he lost to Jason McDonald of Red Deer, Alta. He plans on making amends for that showing, and Hill could end up paying the price.

"I want to do bad things to him," said Doerksen. "I don't know him, I don't like him or dislike him, but I very much want to do bad things to him."

Doerksen has a fifth and final fight left on his UFC contract, but he expects the world's top mixed martial arts circuit will bring him back for more.

"They seem to like me a lot," he said. "Most of the time, people who lose two in a row don't get to come back, but they're talking about having me back again already.

"... Win, lose or draw, something crazy's gonna happen, and they like that about me."

Tickets for the Colosseum of Champions are available at Ticketmaster.


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