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Doerksen Replaces Terrell at UFC 78

Thomas Gerbasi reports at

After David Terrell was forced to withdraw from his UFC 78 bout against Ed Herman due to an ankle injury, veteran middleweight contender Joe Doerksen has decided to step up to face the Ultimate Fighter 3 finalist on November 17th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Doerksen (39-10), a native of New Bothwell, Manitoba, Canada, will be returning to the UFC for the first time since his March 2006 bout against Nate Marquardt at UFC 58. Since his last Octagon appearance, the 30-year old has won seven of eight bouts (all wins coming via submission or TKO), with his only defeat coming at the hands of current WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho. In `Short Fuse' Herman (15-4), Doerksen will not only be facing a hard-charging up and comer who is currently riding a two fight UFC winning streak, but he will be squaring off against a fighter eager to get some payback for a 2004 submission loss to the Canadian.

Terrell being out is a real loss for the card.  Pretty much all of the writers on this site have said that this card contains a lot of interesting and fun fights even if Evans/Bisping isn't main event worthy.  The return of David to active UFC competition was something I was really looking forward to.

Doerksen is a guy who deserves another shot in the big show and I'm glad to see him get it.  Going 7-1 since losing to Marquardt means that he's really earned his way back.  There is certainly no shame in the loss as it was to Paulo Filho who is top 3 at middleweight.

The real shame is that the middleweight division needs David Terrell back in the picture.  My hope was for a convincing Terrell win followed by a Terrell/Franklin matchup, which if David won would set him up for a title shot.  In parallel it would be nice to see Henderson agree to drop to 185 and face Silva.  It would be a solid pseudo-four man tournament to liven up the division.