Payback is a bitch ... at least if you're Joe Doerksen.
Middleweight Ed Herman cracked the orbital bone on Doerksen's face with a knee during the first round of their 185-pound scrap at UFC 78: "Validation" on Saturday, November 17 from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. To his credit "El Dirte" persevered through the pain until he was stopped with a crushing hook in the opening seconds of round three.
With the win "Short Fuse" avenges a loss from earlier in his career and Doerksen now has some time (at least 60 days) to figure out his next step -- he's on a two-fight skid.
The injury to Doerksen tops the list of injuries and medical suspensions that MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) just received from the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB). The only other fighter to appear on the official report is Akihiro Gono (wrist). Ghono was victorious in his Octagon debut, submitting the much taller Tamdan "Barncat" McCrory in the second round via armbar.
Chris Lytle did not appear on the report nor did he receive a suspension from NJSACB. This is a bit bizarre considering the fight was stopped before the start of the third round because of cuts to the eyes of "Lights Out."
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Got a lot of questions in the stands the other night about the "new" referees. In short, familiar faces such as "Big" John McCarthy, Herb Dean, Steve Mazzagatti and others had the night off. We didn't catch the pay-per-view broadcast; therefore, apologies if this is redundant. However, the NJSACB was responsible for staffing the referees that night and chose to go with Dan Miragliotta and Kevin Mulhall -- both of whom are not "new."