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Exclusive: Loiseau to Face Miranda at UFC 115 in Vancouver

(Loiseau spinning back kicking Charles McCarthy out of the UFC)

David “The Crow” Loiseau won’t have long to wait before he gets the opportunity to fight for the UFC again in Canada. has learned that the 30-year-old Montreal fighter, who due to licensing issues was bumped off the UFC 113 card that takes place in his hometown this weekend, has signed to face Mario Miranda on the undercard at UFC 115 June 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“The Crow,” who was slated to face John Salter Saturday night, was replaced by fellow Canadian Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald when Quebec’s commission, (the Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux) held back from issuing his license to fight in the province until an investigation into Loiseau’s alleged ties to an organized criminal group could be completed. Police cleared Loiseau of any criminal involvement on Wednesday, but it was a day late and a dollar short, as the UFC had offered MacDonald the fight the day before as show was less than a week and a half away.

The RACJ’s decision to hold back his license left Loiseau with no paycheck or sponsorship money and wondering when he would be fighting next. In an exclusive interview with on Wednesday following his license reinstatement, Loiseau said he was considering legal action against the commission for the loss of income and damage to his reputation the situation caused.

Although many fans and pundits say that he hasn’t looked the same since he was beaten (both physically and on the scorecards) by then-UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 58, his 19-8 record and loss to Ed Herman last year belie the fighting abilities and flashes of brilliance demonstrated by Loiseau in the past.

5-5 in his past 10 outings, including UFC losses to Franklin and Mike Swick, Loiseau has won four of his last five bouts and has not been stopped in a fight since 2004, when Jeremy Horn tapped him out with a guillotine at TKO 15.

Loiseau will get no easy fight in Miranda, a 9-1 Brazilian fighter who was handed his first loss in his UFC debut by Gerald Harris at Ultimate Fight Night 21 in March.

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FlashinLeather- May 3, 2010 at 11:41 am
David "Only Good Enough To Fight in the UFC When it is in Canada" Loiseau
iDestroy- May 3, 2010 at 10:04 am
I knew this guy was done after watching him get demolished by Villasenior like Getoffme said.


Gate keeper? Maybe in Strikeforce.
PERPATRAITOR- May 3, 2010 at 8:39 am
@Rex when you work in a restraunt in Texas we code word black people as canadiens. Poor guy is both :( lol

@the haters, the crow is sick! MMA needs him back! He brings some crazy karate skill to the game. He is the master of the elbow and spinning back kick IMO. He's got sick power too, the only thing I don't like about him is sometimes he's too calm and doesn't throw enough. I bet his game is complete enough now to go up the ranks to top 5 in weight, but I can't wait to see!

Ps why not give the fight back to him!?!?
Get Off Me- May 3, 2010 at 8:34 am
You have a great memory.....Loiseau has been on a steady decline(vs mid-high level competition) over the past four years though starting with two one sided decision losses in the UFC, a really tough fight to watch against Villasenor and then a lackluster(I'm being generous) return against Herman after racking up a bunch of so so wins in Canada against lower tier fighters.
That photo up top shows what we all would like to see from the Crow, but I am not sure that is in his game anymore.
Here's hoping I'm wrong though.
Great job on the bellator article as well.
ReX13- May 3, 2010 at 8:16 am
Get Off Me> > Really? Perhaps that was a bad night--i don't remember him as anything but explosive and entertaining.

Aw, dang. Called the black guy "explosive". I'm racist.
Get Off Me- May 3, 2010 at 8:06 am
Loiseau is likeable and talented, but unforntunately not exciting at the UFC level of competition....2 out of 3 ain't bad, but in this case it's not enough to get me "excited" about seeing him fight again after what I saw in person at UFC 97.
I do wish him all the best and I hope he finds success in the UFC regardless.
Viva Hate- May 3, 2010 at 8:06 am
I heard he has been training with the boys who hang out by the jukebox if you know what I am saying.

Glad to see him back, lets hope we can see those elbows fly!
Ratel- May 3, 2010 at 7:21 am
Nice to see that the RACJ unfucked themselves, even if it was too late for the Crow to make his originally-scheduled event. I was feeling bad for Loiseau to have been screwed out of a paycheque like that, but better late than never.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing if and how he's evolved as a fighter, and what he's going to bring to the event in Vancouver.
Cock_Chestnar- May 3, 2010 at 7:16 am
He also trains with Jackson's MMA and occasionally spars at Bar Downtown in Montreal.
ReX13- May 3, 2010 at 6:44 am
c-bus>> i think that there's a place for gatekeepers in the UFC. If they're likeable and talented (i.e. Loiseau), that's a bonus.
C-Bus Allstar- May 3, 2010 at 6:26 am
ReX13: "Good stuff. Now the only question is, will he backflip after this victory?"

Or will he be back-peddling again after this loss...

I like Loiseau, but I have always thought him overrated.. He's a can-crusher, imo.
justscrappin- May 3, 2010 at 6:09 am
Who is this David Loiseau guy? I heard he hasn't back spin kicked anyone outside of the UFC. No seriously his elbows are nasty too...but he never had the wrestling needed to stay off his back. Of course he seemed to love to give his back up so that people could get a false sense of security...and then he would turn into them and deliver a hail of elbows. I still don't think he has what it takes to go anywhere in the division...and I'm guessing he is being brought back for reasons of nostalgia.
ReX13- May 3, 2010 at 5:46 am
Good stuff. Now the only question is, will he backflip after this victory?
Mike Russell- May 3, 2010 at 5:40 am
 He's still with Zahabi MMA/Tristar.
ReX13- May 3, 2010 at 5:39 am
Good news, i've always liked Loiseau.

Who's he training with these days? I know he used to be in GSP's camp, but we really haven't heard from the Crow much in a while.