by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The planned return of promising middleweight fighter David Terrell has been put on hold. MMAWeekly confirmed the news with his manager, Tom Call, on Saturday. He had been scheduled to face Ed Herman on Nov. 17 at Ultimate Fighting Championship 78 in Newark, N.J.
“He tore a couple of ligaments,” said Call. “It was confirmed (Friday) by an MRI. He is obviously disappointed. Dave’s really been looking forward to returning to the UFC.”
Stepping in to take his place is UFC veteran Joe Doerksen, who hasn’t seen action in the Octagon since UFC 58 where he lost to Nathan Marquardt. He has been busy though, amassing a 7-1 record since then.
Doerksen’s lone loss in the past year-and-a-half was a TKO stoppage at the hands of World Extreme Cagefighting champion Paulo Filho, the MMAWeekly.com No. 2 ranked middleweight fighter in the world.
Terrell, widely regarded as one of the top grapplers in the world, grabbed the attention of mixed martial arts fans when he knocked out Matt Lindland in his UFC debut.
He currently holds a 6-2 record, but due to injuries hasn’t fought since defeating Scott Smith at UFC 59 in April of 2006.
UFC 78 Fight Card:
Rashad Evans vs. Michael Bisping
Karo Parisyan vs. Ryo Chonan
Houston Alexander vs. Thiago Silva
Joe Doerksen vs. Ed Herman
Spencer Fisher vs. Frankie Edgar
Joe Lauzon vs. Jason Reinhardt
Chris Lytle vs. Thiago Alves
Luke Caudillo vs. Marcus Aurelio
Akihiro Gono vs. Tamden McCrory