This may be a “calm before the storm” type weekend. There is not really a big card, and next weekend is pretty stacked with shows from the UFC, Shooto, Pancrase and Dream. However, in Sydney, Australia multi-promotion middleweight champion Hector Lombard will defend his CFC title against Team Quest veteran Art Santore. Last year Lombard … Read more
The Canadian Fighting Championship returns with “CFC 2” this Friday May 22nd at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Headlining the card will be UFC veteran Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen (41-12) taking on Snake Team member Greg “Blade” Babene (6-4). Babene is filling in for Ron Faircloth (31-16) who had to pull out due to “undisclosed medical concerns.”
Doerksen has won his last two fights since being released from the UFC in 2008. Doerksen’s most recent victory came via third round TKO over Izuru Takeuchi at “Sengoku 6” last November. Doerksen’s opponent, Babene, trains under fellow Frenchman Cyrille Diabate, whose Snake Team is producing such prospects as Cheick Kongo and UFC 98’s “Professor X“. Diabate is also the striking coach for Team US on The Ultimate Fighter season 9.
Babene will have his hands full against Doerksen who is a submission specialist. If Babene could pull off a win against a veteran of Doerksen’s stature it would be huge for the up-and-comer. Here is the full line-up for “CFC 2:”