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UFC Bookings News Galore: Loiseau, Hazelett, Miller, + More

(Wouldn’t mind seeing more of this from "The Crow.")

David “The Crow” Loiseau is coming back to the UFC this spring, most likely against Ed Herman at UFC 97 in Montreal. Loiseau has racked up a three-fight win streak of late, besting TUF alum Solomon Hutcherson in September, and before that he made the rounds in EliteXC, Art of War, and other organizations since being bounced from the UFC following a loss to Mike Swick in 2006.  Apparently, the UFC thinks nothing of sending you packing until they need a token Canadian or two for their Montreal show.

– Matthew Riddle is also getting back in action, agreeing to a bout with Steve Bruno at UFC Fight Night 17 in February.  You might remember Bruno as the guy who did us all a favor and rid the UFC of “The Hater Hurter” at the Fight For The Troops.  Whatever else he does with his life, he’ll always have that.

Jim Miller has agreed to face Gray Maynard at UFC 96 in a lightweight showdown that all the hardcores will have their eye on.  Maynard’s been wrestling his way to victory lately, notching three straight decision wins, but Miller is the jiu-jitsu dynamo who put Matt Wiman through the ringer at F2T2 despite taking the fight on short notice.  Either this will be the exciting match that finally sorts out the pretenders from the contenders in the lightweight class, or else Maynard will win another boring decision.

– Also looking likely for UFC 96 is an intriguing bout between welterweights Dustin Hazelett and Ben Saunders.  Hazelett twisted Tamdan McCrory’s arm all out of shape at UFC 91, and Saunders tore Brandon Wolff’s face to shreds with knees at F2T2.  At 7-0-2, Saunders has earned a step up in competition.  Hope his submissions defense is up to speed.  He’s going to need it.


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Torque- January 6, 2009 at 5:31 am
I do believe the Hazelett vs. Saunders match will be an electric match to say the least! Hazelett goes "balls-out" everytime he steps in the ring, and never has a boring fight. And the last fight Saunders had was pretty aggressive. Both elements combined make me look for a first round win by one of the two. However, this match will truly test Ben Saunders in MMA as Hazelett will come prepared to dominate his opponet.
split personality- January 6, 2009 at 3:29 am
fuckin fuck fucking fuck think the crow should watch out because i have a chain saw and it goes run nigga nigga run nigga nigga turn that fuck in to a fountain of bloooood holmes.i would like to see the crow back in the ufc because he is a good fighter and he might have some entertaining bouts with some newer ufc fighters that i would like to see and to see if he has improved.then again i might disect him and play with his blood i wonder if he knows i am utterly insane.i hope he beats herman because he is a ginger fake irish dickhead that bags his own shit.fucking fuck fucking fuck.also i would like to promote world peace stop world hunger and slow down the nuclear arms race may the new year bring good things to everyone on cp and their familys.
poopypants- January 5, 2009 at 9:30 pm
I've said for awhile now (not here, but to the mannequin propped up in the corner of my basement, dressed as Don Frye and sometimes Ariel whats-her-name), that the UFC is cutting all these fighters, only to bring them back under cheaper contracts. It's the old "We can 't use your services any longer" but wait, "Hey, we had some things pop up in your department, can you come back for a nominal fee?" type deal. You can only hone your talent so much before it becomes obvious.

More fighters = more intrigue, and isn't that why we all watch.... intrigue?

Pride's title races were always so exciting because of all the viable opponents fighting every other month. Dana's standard's have been too high for too long. Cutting good fighters after three losses is counter productive.

I hope Dana reads this, and starts filling up all weight classes with bodies.

He does read this site, right Ben? .... Ben?... Hello?

The bloc- January 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm
fuck yeah the crow is back!!! and allthespoils, you obviously havent seen his last fight, he showed huge improvement in his ground game(specialy bjj) and still has the standing figured out. "loiseau elbows" for the win!
Anonymous- January 5, 2009 at 9:14 pm
villasenoir kicked his ass, not to big of a fan of a guy whos best way to win is by cutting someone.
allthespoils- January 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm
the crow hasn't looked like the bird of old for at least two years. good luck but i'll need to see the where the line falls before risking my pesos on his ass, regardless of the opponent.
EDDI- January 5, 2009 at 5:00 pm
I hope Matt Riddle does good we need more chill personalities in the UFC
dogmaticdiscordian- January 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm
Hazelett vs Saunders should be very interesting
Clozer- January 5, 2009 at 4:25 pm
The Crow is back? Should be a good fight against Herman. If he beats him, you could almost expect Herman to receive walking papers. I like Saunders, but he doesn't stand a chance against Hazlett.
Ozone- January 5, 2009 at 3:52 pm
cant wait to see loiseau back in the ufc...he's og atheltic and explosive!