Middleweights Travis Lutter (9-5) and Joe Doerksen (40-12) are penciled in to tangle at UFC 91: "Couture vs. Lesnar" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 15, according to Sherdog.com.
This is surprising news, considering Lutter had been released from the promotion after his technical knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 83: "Serra vs. St. Pierre 2" earlier this year.
He has not competed since.
Lutter -- the winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 4 – had returned from a 14-month long layoff, recovering from a back injury that has haunted him throughout his career.
And the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist nearly pulled off the win with a tight armbar; however, "Ace" defended it perfectly, spun out and went on to pound out the tired-looking "Serial Killer."
He was lambasted for the performance – critics felt he was unprepared and not conditioned to compete for the full 15 minutes. Perhaps the accusations were accurate or just more ammo for those who are still miffed that Lutter failed to make weight for his 185-pound title bout against middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 67 in early 2007.
Whatever the case may be, Lutter is a lightning rod for criticism.
Doerksen is on a skid of his own, losing three of his last four fights. He dropped all of those fights as a Zuffa employee and recently took a fight in a smaller promotion, Vipers MMA, to get back on the winning path against John Meyer back in August.
The Canadian was stopped via technical knockout by Jason MacDonald at UFC 83, knocked out by Ed Herman at UFC 78: "Validation" in November 2007 and pounded out by WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho at WEC 29 in August 2007.
"El Dirte" holds notable wins over Patrick Cote, Ed Herman and Chris Leben, among others.
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