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Exclusive: Loiseau Vindicated of False Criminal Affiliation; Granted License in Quebec

(Note to RACJ: Don’t make David angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry.)

David Loiseau contacted today to inform us that he has been granted his fighter’s license by the The Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux (Regulators of Alcohol, Racing and Gaming), but says it’s too little too late for him to make it back onto the card for UFC 113 May 8.

Loiseau was slated to fight opposite John Salter at the Montreal show in a week and a half, but was informed by the UFC that he had been replaced by Jason MacDonald yesterday due to his inability to obtain his license, stemming from a baseless claim by the RACJ that the Canadian MMA pioneer had ties to organized crime.

According to the 30-year-old Montreal native, several months after he sold off his minority share of his Quebec-based XMMA promotion, following an extensive police investigation, its new owners were allegedly found to have ties to organized crime in the province. Loiseau was questioned by police and it was determined that he did not have any knowledge of the criminal involvement of the individuals he sold his stake in the organization to.

“It’s ridiculous how they came up with this reasoning that I’m somehow involved with organized crime. It would be like me selling a car and the guy I sell it to is a criminal and he uses it to do a crime. Would I be held responsible for that or be investigated by the police because of it? Absolutely not,” an emotional Loiseau told CagePotato today. “They knew I wasn’t involved with those guys, but they were trying to prove a point that they were going to be tough on guys like this. They tried to make me out to look like Wesley Snipes from New Jack City. I don’t drink, have never so much as smoked a cigarette or done drugs and I’ve never even been in a street fight in my life and now I’m made out to be some gangster. It’s crazy.”

The impetus for the extended inquiry and subsequent fighting ban, Loiseau learned, was a simple handshake.

“Apparently someone [from the RACJ] saw me shaking hands with the wrong person at one of the shows. I had no idea who these guys were,” Loiseau explained. “It’s my job to greet my fans and to represent the sport no matter if the people who want a picture and an autograph are white, yellow, black, brown, male, female, adult, child – I don’t care who you are; I’m not going to ask people what group they’re from or if they have any criminal affiliation when they want to shake my hand or take a photo. Show me one other athlete would do that?”

Loiseau says that although he is happy that commission officials finally saw the error in their ways and reinstated his license, the damage to his reputation, not to mention the loss of income he would have earned from his sponsorships and fight purse, have left a bitter taste in his mouth.

“Man, I honestly can’t believe this happened. It was humiliating. I haven’t slept in three days. I’ve been cutting weight because I was confident this would get sorted out. Now, even though it’s been proven that I’m innocent, my reputation and credibility has been damaged. I’m trying to decide what to do next, but taking legal action against the commission is definitely something I’m looking at,” said Loiseau, who recently inked a four-fight deal with the UFC. “I’ve done so much to build this sport in Quebec. I was the first fighter from here to fight in the UFC, which opened the door for guys like Patrick Cote, Jonathan Goulet and GSP to fight in there. I try to give back to the community and the sport as much as I can. This was such a huge slap in the face that I’m actually still kind of in shock.”

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side.check.kick- April 29, 2010 at 2:37 am
A big ass article on Loiseau huh...there really wasn't anything better to fucking write about? really?
surfjafo- April 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm
Damn! Thats a really fucked situation. Go on Loiseau....sue those rat bastards. Chances are they have more to do with organized crime than anyone else!
noizy- April 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm
This is BS. I hope he sues La RĂ©gie, bunch of fucktards.

I live in Montreal. It's a beautiful place to be. But these bureaucrats are stupid.
robthom- April 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Lol @ getting a license denied and your source of income jeopardized by the mere mention of a sensational accusation without any proof whatsoever.

Sounds familiar IMO.

Canadians can be just as bitchy as muricans when they get that french blood pumping.
El Famous Burrito- April 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm
Look at Gus-Buster go and throw his Canadian weight around to get a story!
Phattousai- April 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm
I'm glad to see Loiseau back in the UFC. I just hope that he can bring back his old self...Oops.
rlh61- April 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm
Is that David Loiseau or Damon Wayans? "Uh-oh, souwnds wike twouble...."

All kidding aside, he had razor blades for elbows. He was tearing guys up until he met up with Franklin...then he got beat soundly.
Mike Russell- April 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm
 Let me know, thisredengine. 
thisredengine- April 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm
I never heard of David signing a four-fight deal. I'll ask Luke Thomas about it. Stay tuned.
paskhl- April 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm
@Kid Clam Curtains; Did not know that!Tnx for the Q.
Kid Clam Curtains- April 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

A 4 fight deal in the UFC is not exactly what it sounds like. They have the option of dropping you at any time but they've locked in your pay for 4 fights. It's a one-sided deal.
paskhl- April 28, 2010 at 11:54 am
I don't think that Loiseau has his place in the UFC(based on his last fight in Montreal,UFC 97,vs...the guy who fought K.Grove in TUF finale,maybe he was hurt or something but he was on his knees for a whole 2 rounds,getting his pound).So when I heard that he wasn't gonna fight in the may 8Th cards,I was kind of;"Good for him ,he wont get humiliated in his home town in front of his fans(or what is left of them)".
But after I heard his side of the story,I felt bad for the guy.I'm from Montreal,and i know what he did for the sport here in Quebec.He was the first guy to be known as an athlete and fighting in MMA.Plus his first couple yrs in the UFC were like you all know,spectacular!!
But now,I wonder how he got that 4 fights deals.I'm not saying that he is washed out,however,i do not see him fighting in the big league either.
He should definitely sued the commission.
Good luck to the crow.
Kid Clam Curtains- April 28, 2010 at 11:53 am
He'll be back in no time to lose another fight in the UFC.
grillalives- April 28, 2010 at 11:40 am
like south park sais - Blame Canada, shame he's a sick fighter, first saw him in Cagerage in uk, he was real good, but the promotion was a joke in terms of production and professionalism
ReX13- April 28, 2010 at 11:37 am
Good luck to Loiseau, and i look forward to his return.

(and i hope he sues their faces off)
El Guapo- April 28, 2010 at 11:34 am
That friggin sucks for The Crow. Only one thing to say, really.

(Sigh, shoulders slumped)"Oh Canada.."
punchguyinface- April 28, 2010 at 11:31 am
more like a spinning back kick to the face