Saturday, April 18, 2009

UFC 97's David Loiseau "never lost faith" after being cut from the UFC

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Make no mistake, Saturday night's UFC 97 event from the Bell Centre in Montreal is special for David Loiseau (18-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC).

Fighting in front of 22,000 people in his hometown is special enough. Add in the fact that "The Crow" is fighting for the UFC for the first time in two-and-a-half years, and the moment becomes amazing.

"It's very motivating," Loiseau told The Lights Out Show (, a content partner of ( "Some people would feel pressure. I feel motivation."

Loiseau will face former "TUF 3" finalist Ed Herman (14-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) on Saturday's preliminary card. And while Herman has struggled as of late against top contender Demian Maia and rising talent Alan Belcher, Loiseau knows "Short Fuse" will present a stern test.

"I have to be the best David Loiseau I can be," Loiseau said. "Ed Herman's a grinder. He's a very good fighter. He's got good experience. He comes from a good camp. Me and my camp have put together a great game plan. It's going to be a great fight."

Loiseau compiled a 4-2 record during his time away from the UFC, including a current streak of three-straight victories. The 29-year-old admits it was tough being on the outside looking in, but Loiseau insists he never lost sight of his potential return to the organization.

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