Joe Doerksen is the latest fighter to be cut from the UFC in their efforts to reduce their talent roster, as reported by Sportsnet.ca. Doerksen last fought at UFC 83 in Montreal in a losing effort against Jason MacDonald. It was Doerksen’s third loss in a row in a Zuffa-owned promotion. Doerksen was defeated by Ed Herman at UFC 78 and Paulo Filho at WEC 29 in his previous outings.
Doerksen follows Jake O’Brien, Travis Lutter and Kalib Starnes—although Starnes claims he requested his release—as the first of many roster cuts the UFC will be making in the near future. The UFC is said to be trimming their roster from approximately 200 fighters down to around 150. It’s been said that their original intention was to sign as many fighters as possible to prevent competing organizations from building their own rosters. That plan doesn’t appear to be working out as the UFC is unable to facilitate three fights per year for all of their fighters. Hence, the roster cuts.