Tuesday, February 17, 2009

David Loiseau: The Return of "The Crow"

Originally posted on BleacherReport.com

David Loiseau is one of the best fighters to come out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and one of the only to make it to the big show known as the UFC. Loiseau had his first UFC fight at UFC 42 and won by KO against Mark Weir.

From his debut in 2003 to 2006, David had a bumpy ride, but was able to make it to a UFC Middleweight title shot against then champion Rich Franklin. Although David was able to knock Franklin down, he was dominated the whole fight and lost a decision.

"The Crow" began his rise back to the top of the Middleweight rankings after the loss, but things didn't go too well. After his loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 58, he fought one of the most dangerous fighters in the division back then—Mike Swick.

Like the previous fight, Loiseau was dominated and lost a decision. After the two back to back losses, he was released from his UFC contract. Loiseau tried his luck in smaller MMA shows, including EliteXC.

In 2008, David returned to Canada, where he fought several times. He even created his own MMA organization up in Monteal called XMMA. He fought The Ultimate Fighter season three contestant Solomon Hutcherson at XMMA-5 and won.

Due to the victory, he now gets another shot in the UFC at UFC 97 in Montreal. His opponent will be another Ultimate Fighter season three contestant, Ed Herman. Herman is not a top fighter in the UFC, but he could possibly be a tough opponent to come back too if Loiseau isn't prepared enough.

David has the skills to beat Herman—he can even KO him—but sometimes, returns don't end up the way they should. Some fighters returned to the octagon and loss to someone they weren't supposed to, others shined after there return to the UFC. Here's a list of fighters that made long awaited returns to the UFC.

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