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Unfounded Mob Ties KO Loiseau’s UFC 113 Return; MacDonald Replaces Him Against Salter

(Loiseau demonstrating what he would like to do to Quebec officials who won’t grant him a license to fight in the province)

Well, it seems that Quebec’s athletic commission, The Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux (Regulators of Alcohol, Racing and Gaming), is overstepping its boundaries at the cost of the livelihood of one of its province’s own fighters.

David “The Crow” Loiseau was brought in by the UFC to face John Salter on the undercard at UFC 113 May 8 as a late replacement for the injured Nick Catone. Having lost decisively to Ed Herman in front of a hometown crowd in Montreal in his last attempted UFC comeback at UFC 97 a year ago, Loiseau was relishing the opportunity to get back into the Octagon to try to earn a steady slot on the Las Vegas-based promotion’s roster.

Unfortunately for “The Crow,” his hopes of UFC redemption were dashed yesterday, when according to a report by Sportsnet’s Joe Ferarro, the governing body informed him that due to ties to organized crime that his formerly owned XMMA fight promotion were proven to have (months AFTER he sold off his minority stake), Loiseau had been flagged by the commission as a fighter under investigation by police. As such, the RACJ arbitrarily decided to ban the UFC’s former number one middleweight contender from competing in the province until a police investigation wraps up, leaving him in limbo until five days before the UFC’s Montreal show.

As such, the UFC had no choice but to replace the 30-year-old with another popular Canadian fighter, Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald. So Loiseau’s loss is MacDonald’s gain, but will anything be done to ensure that the RACJ’s unofficial policy of self-policing its fighters changes?

It’s a known fact that MMA events in Quebec, much like every other major sporting event held there including hockey, attract members of organized crime organizations like the mafia and biker groups. I haven’t attended an event in the province that didn’t have a large obvious contingent of such individuals, and have even talked to promoters who have been shaken down for protection money by them. It has very little to do with MMA, or the people involved with it, besides the fact that that said criminals are exploiting them and the exploding popularity of the sport as another means to make money. To make Loiseau, a martyr because of a problem the commission and police haven’t been able to control seems somewhat backwards.

No stranger to controversy, the RACJ nearly put the kibosh on UFC 97 last year when they decided that the size of the Octagon and some of the Unified Rules (that had both been used at the first event they sanctioned one year previous) did not fall within the ruleset they allowed. At the eleventh hour, the commission made consolations to allow the cage and rules to stand as they were, but curiously, they demanded that foot stomps not be used at the event.

And here we thought MMA judging was the biggest problem in the sport today.

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SciaticNervePain- October 29, 2011 at 12:08 am
i knew Colin was Canadian from watching him on this hour has 22 minutes on cbc.. but i had no clue ryan stiles was also canadian.. i guess Whose line is it anyways owes us Big time. as for GSP … he came from Quebec.
blawa- April 29, 2010 at 5:01 am
I'd rather have a commission getting involved in the sport and caring enough to ask questions that be completly unregulated and having shams like able-bodied fighter fighting an handicaped kid.

The article is biased in a way that I don't particularly appreciate, how could the conclusion be that Loiseau is not involved without having any kind of facts to back it up. The investigation was started for a reason, and the fact that he was even remotely involved makes him suspicious and the investigation warranted. Once he cleared, as it appears he was, then you can cross that line.
technoviking.- April 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm
Comment removed due to death threats by said organization.
macreadysshack- April 28, 2010 at 8:55 am
I thought Canada was a chocolate forested country full of lollipops and candy canes. Now I don't have anywhere to say I'm going to move to when we get another bible thumping Republican president who thinks Jesus was a real person and the bible is a historically accurate document rather than an overwrought collection of metaphors for the age of Pisces and agricultural astrology.

thisredengine- April 28, 2010 at 7:26 am
As always, people trying to bring down something great. Very similar to bad posters who ruin websites I love and take very seriously like BE.
Robocop Didnt Tap- April 28, 2010 at 6:06 am
I'm surprised this doesn't come up more often. I mean, the UFC is owned by two casino owners.

and way to go America's Hat. [/obligatory Canada bashing]
Ratel- April 28, 2010 at 5:47 am
Toronto vs Montreal, even here. Jeezus. Look, Toronto: the only people who give a fuck about Toronto live there. Everybody else in the world gives Toronto a bypass. Just get used to it and move on.

Further to that, until the Ontario gvnt gets its shit together, we just have to shut up and take it since the UFC can and does put on events in Montreal. Vancouver too, now.

My point is, shut the fuck up with the Toronto vs. Montreal thing. It's old, tired, and nobody gives a rat's ass about how good Torontonians think their city is. As everybody knows, the only people trying to flex nuts all the time are the ones who have none.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 28, 2010 at 2:36 am
Montreal's awright if you speak french (holy shit typing drunk can be hard, look at all the leetle arbitrary keys), otherwise get ready for that shit to live up to every stereotype you have ever heard...
monsieurkiwi- April 28, 2010 at 1:49 am
i knew Colin was Canadian from watching him on this hour has 22 minutes on cbc.. but i had no clue ryan stiles was also canadian.. i guess Whose line is it anyways owes us Big time. as for GSP ... he came from Quebec .. it's different. :P
Häkkiperuna- April 28, 2010 at 12:01 am
I'd like to hear what Brock has to say about this.

There are only two good things to ever come from Canada, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. Oh yes, I just dissed GSP.
monsieurkiwi- April 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm
I'm a cowboy.. on a steel horse I ride... I'm wanted.. (wanted)...
peanutbuttter- April 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm
There's nothing worse than an unfounded mob
KillDozer- April 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm
Haven't been to Montreal yet... but Toronto is a big shithole
Keyser Soze- April 27, 2010 at 6:46 pm
Like it or not, the two biggest UFC events ever... Montreal. Ridicule or heckle if you will... Canada is good for the UFC. May 8th's event will be the same. I'm from the East Coast but have visited both Toronto and Montreal. Montreal is one of the best cities in the world to party in, and certainly doesn't play second fiddle to Toronto. Most people who disagree are arrogant Torontonians with their heads stuck up their asses. If Ontario decides to sanction UFC events, the city will still be hard pressed to put up the attendance numbers Montreal does.

It sucks that Loiseau won't be competing, but it's not as if The Crow or the UFC brass have any control over it. Win or lose, at least Goulet comes to fight.

For all intents and purposes, these are listed attendence outside of the US. The average US attendance falls between 13,000 - 15,000.

21,451; UFC 97, Silva vs. Leites, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
21, 390; UFC 83; St. Pierre vs. Serra II, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
17,831: UFC 110; Sydney, Australia, in February 2010
16,693: UFC 105; Manchester, England, in November 2009
16,235: UFC 75; London, England, in September 2008
15,327: UFC 85; London, England, in June 2008
15,114: UFC 70; Manchester, England, in April 2007
13,268: UFC 95; London, England, in February 2009
12,854: UFC 99; Cologne, Germany, in June 2009
9,515: UFC 89; Birmingham, England, in October 2008
9,369: UFC 93; Dublin, Ireland in January 2009
8,412: UFC 80; Newcastle, England in January 2008

Criminally Negligent- April 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm
It's probably not an unofficial policy of policing their fighters. The Nevada State Athletic Commission does the same and can suspend anyone with a license -including a fighter- for charges of "moral turpitude" NAC 467.887
surfjafo- April 27, 2010 at 6:12 pm
Goddamn Canucks! Isn't bad enough we had the Mary Jane boys start a riot on a nationally broadcast event?! We gotta have those northern dumbasses pull this "holier-than-thou" bullshit! What else is gonna happen....A washed up has-been ex-light heavyweight champ be arrested for domestic violence?!?!?!?!?
cecils_pupils- April 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Ever since Mike Russell has come on board there have been a lot more newsy items that involve Canada. Coincidence or tomfoolery? You decide...
AndyInflammatory- April 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Dudley Do-right wins again
Komodo- April 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm
What a bunch of horseshit. I want The Crow back >:|
Get Off Me- April 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Quebec City is not better than Toronto BUT....
I have lived in both Toronto and Montreal.....Montreal > Toronto.....Toronto is a place to make money, sit in traffic and root for bad sports teams.....Montreal is a city you must live in man.....get back to me when you get to go catch the UFC in your own backyard, all my boys from T.O. will be coming to party in Montreal on May 8th...come on with the laughing and shaking your heads, what's so funny and what do you not understand?(presuming it's not an obnoxious frenchie saying it)
MoonBelly- April 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm
There's gotta be more
Lysol- April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm
Ah yes, the "blame the victim" approach. Way to go, United States of Canada.
Griz8WhiteHYPE- April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm
WAR MACDONALD! The kid always puts on a show.
Gladheateher- April 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Another tough break for Loiseau, yet Canadian Jonathan Goulet keeps coming into the UFC and keeps racking up losses.

Who's the author of this CP contribution, don't the writers get credit for their content or am missing something? I can't seem to find it.
Dinksmack- April 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm
this can't be us