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.

Doerksen will take on Starnes at AFC 11

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.

21 Responses to “ Doerksen and Starnes to Let Aggression Out in Winnipeg on September 15 ”

  1. JVD says:

    Great to see Kalib back in the cage !! Winnipeg is a great city for te AFC to expand to

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  2. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    Milko vs Steele should be very interesting…

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  3. MMAPolice says:

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  4. Prince Black says:

    Both fights make a ton of sense. Great matchups!

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  5. MMAPolice says:

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  6. Just Laughable says:

    Looks like Pavelich is a bit upset that others are branching out across canada, getting good talent and actually putting on shows in other cities not just claiming to be the best in a country that well he has never even stepped foot in and when he did FAIL!!!!

    Awesome job AFC keep the ball rolling

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  7. Caps says:

    Who else is on the card?

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  8. Nighty night says:

    just laughable – couldnt agree more. AFC is doing what MFC cant. Mark – aka MMAPolice, is stuck with his show losing ground to AFC

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  9. BFM says:

    AFC and MFC Put on great events, AFC is more about Canadian talent, with some great fights but alot of easy win fights for their stars, (but have been getting alittle better)MFC brings in talent from Canada and USA. with pretty solid match making most of the time.

    Alot of the people on this site do not like Mark that’s fine with me but this event coming up is probably the best event in Canada so far, Great fights on this card.

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  10. jamon says:

    id call it a rebranding of king of the cage not “branching out” dont see top talent from alberta on this card, or viseversa,

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  11. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    @ BFM, I agree with you and to expand on it the MFC started putting on great shows but in the last 2 years since canceling Heat they didn’t have any real raw up and comers and even Mark stated that they want to pull back on signing any ex-UFC Fighters or from Zuffa for that matter. And now with the new AFC steamrolling ahead in the west and Score Fighting Series as well Instinct MMA in the east, it’s slim pickings for the MFC now! Furthermore, it’s not just people on here who don’t like Mark Pavlich I think the Fighter’s & Management’s prefer not to deal with them if they now have other regional shows.

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  12. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    @ Jamon, the AFC ain’t no King of the Cage! You may or should know that the AFC is a compilation of three promoters and rebranding their organizations into one! There’s only been 2 fights announced thus far lets see how the rest of the card fills out. We might be surprised because normally when organizations put up shows in different cities they try to put more local talent on the card, which could be good for Winnipeg and for their local Fighters! It’s like watching the first episode of TUF when 32 Fighter’s are vying

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  13. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    Sorry… for the 16 spots in the house!

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  14. jamon says:

    looks like regoninal fights with a national name to me

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  15. Demitri (trev) says:

    Jamon you lost all credibility with that comment of rebranding KOTC. Your delusional if you actually think that. If I remember correctly you may have also been pavelich. So that’s not surprising.

    AFC doesn’t have the TV deals like MFC. But it get there. Pavelich is at the point where he will need to over pay to get any locals because he knows no one wants to sign with him. He’s bent over one to many fighters, and it’s coming back to bite him

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  16. Perhaps says:

    What has Starnes been doing since he retired? Training at all?

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  17. Darren Owen says:

    Starnes originally retired because he was told he needed surgery. We hooked him up with Dr. Jamie Grimes who worked with K-Sos and many Olympic athletes. Dr. Grimes healed Kalib without surgery. Kalib trains everyday as he’s the head trainer at Aegis Athletics in Richmond. Since the first call to him enquiring about the Doerksen fight he’s stepped up his training to two a days. This will be the best Kalib Starnes we’ve seen in years.

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  18. Jamon says:

    I like how this entire site is on big bash pavelich fest, wasn’t this tread about afc? Somehow all the mfc haters turn it into anti mfc thread, gotta give pavelich credit he’s in your head, I just don’t think the afc is anything more then a few promoters working together, more like nwa wrestling was back in the day,

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  19. Jamon says:

    It also looks like the old put a couple of past three prime UFC vets on the bill trick

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  20. AMLEHTC says:

    ^^ isn’t that what you do every card, Mark?

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  21. Jamon says:

    Huh huh I called a guy who doesn’t hate on the mfc or mark pav, , mark me funny…..

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