Doerksen and Starnes to Let Aggression Out in Winnipeg on September 15
Aggression Fighting Championship is coming to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The promotion had promised to start expanding to new territories and this will become their first foray east of Alberta. AFC 11 will be held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
AFC executive Darren Owen explained why Aggression is heading to Winnipeg,
“We are thrilled to be bringing the AFC to Winnipeg. It’s a great fight community with educated fans that we believe are in need and deserving of a premier event that we will be bringing to the city.”
The card will feature a main event between two top Canadian Middleweights – Joe Doerksen and Kalib Starnes.
Both Starnes and Doerksen have had previous fight experience with the UFC and the AFC organizations. Joe Doerksen (48-16), a Manitoba native, has fought nine times for the UFC and has defeated the likes of Patrick Cote, Denis Kang, and Tom Lawlor. In his last fight, Doerksen submitted Joel Powell at AFC 10.
Doerksen’s opponent, Kalib Starnes (12-7), has fought five times for the UFC and has competed on The Ultimate Fighter 3 series and will be coming out of retirement to fight El Dirte. While Kalib is infamously known for his Nate Quarry fight, let’s not forget that Starnes can be a dangerous fighter who has defeated the likes of Jason MacDonald and Chris Leben. Starnes has previously competed for Armageddon Fighting Championship prior to their AFC merger, where he won two bouts before losing a title fight against John Salter and then retiring.
Owen was excited to announce this main event,
I’m ecstatic to announce the Main Event for September 15 will be Winnipeg’s own Canadian MMA legend Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen vs Kalib Starnes, a five time UFC vet and TUF alumni. This is just the start of what is going to be a phenomenal card filled with local crowd favorites and some of the nation’s best fighters.
Also on the card will be an intriguing Welterweight matchup between Tyson Steele (8-1) from Saskatoon and Jarod Milko (5-1) who is now training in Winnipeg.