Monday, September 15, 2008

Loiseau Stops Hutcherson in Fifth Round

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David "The Crow" Loiseau had a tougher time than many expected Saturday with former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Solomon Hutcherson.

However, with the new XMMA middleweight belt up for grabs, Loiseau made good on his long-awaited return by gutting out a stoppage at 1:56 of the fifth round following an onslaught of knees from the clinch.

“I had a very tough opponent,” said Loiseau, who had returned to fight in his home province of Quebec for the first time in more than four years. “The first three rounds I dropped him, and he kept coming back.”

Loiseau caught Hutcherson early in the first and looked to take his back, but Hutcherson used his raw strength to hoist Loiseau over his head and dump him hard to the mat with an impact that resonated throughout the arena.

“You know, I dislocated my shoulder in the first round, so it was hard for me to keep the high pressure. I was really hurt,” Loiseau said. “I had to re-place it in the middle of the round on the ground. It was tough, man.”

Hutcherson did the majority of his damage on the ground with vicious knees and punches to the body while maintaining back control. Loiseau returned the favor, however, by scoring numerous double-leg takedowns to slowly take Hutcherson out of his game and take the fight into the later rounds.

“I stuck to the game plan, which was to fight hard and whenever [you can], you hurt the guy,” Loiseau said. “To finish your opponent in the fifth, you have to be in shape.”

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