by Ken Pishna
Just one month ago, Joe Doerksen walked out of the ring on the losing end of things. After three rounds of fighting, it was Matt Lindland, one of the highest ranked middleweight fighters in the world, that walked away with a unanimous decision victory. “I felt like I didn’t show everything I had when I fought Lindland, which is why it was so important to me to be more aggressive in my next fight,” said Doerksen.
His next fight, a mere thirty-five days later, was against a very tough Brendan Seguin at the King of the Cage event in Calgary. Unlike the fight with Lindland, fought almost entirely on the ground, Doerksen’s fight with Seguin was contested mostly on the feet. According to Doerksen, “The fight was mainly a stand up fight; pretty even and more of a technical fight than a brawl, but pretty entertaining. The third round was my best, as he was starting to tire and my confidence was building. Then I hit him with a few knees and that was it.” At 1:49 of the third round, Seguin went down. Doerksen returned to victory, now sporting a professional record of 32-7, in his fifth fight this year.
Having been known primarily as a ground fighter throughout the beginning of his career, Doerksen has morphed his game a bit and is content to show his emerging striking skills, “I was pretty happy. I got to have a good stand up fight and won with strikes against a fighter who is a striker. I couldn’t have planned it out any better.”
Next up for Doerksen? “I will fight Jason Macdonald at Ultimate Cage Wars, October 22nd, in my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.” Every one of Macdonald’s victories have come via submission, so don’t be surprised if Doerksen uses his sprawl so that he can continue to show the pay off of training his hands with K-1 fighter Giuseppe DeNatale.