(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.
CagePotato.com 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 CagePotato.com 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.