David “The Crow” Loiseau has spent the past 12 years putting on exciting fights while entertaining fans in the United States and his home country of Canada. At 32-years-old he has been through his share of wars both inside the cage as well as outside of it. Since September of 2008 injuries have limited him to just four fights including a loss to Mario Miranda at UFC 115 in July of 2010.
The last time he fought was in February of 2011 as he defeated Leopoldo Serao to capture the Tachi Palace Fighting Championships middleweight title. Tachi Palace had scheduled his first title defense for August of last year, but unfortunately the injury bug crept up on Loiseau once again and has kept him out of action for the past 20 months.
Loiseau will be making his return this Saturday in Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center where he will take on Chris McNally for CES MMA. The 32-year-old McNally has a career record of 5-4 with all five wins coming by way of submission. Loiseau is chomping at the bit to return to action and feels this is the perfect time to do so.
“I injured my knee while training for my first Tachi Palace title defense,” Loiseau told BJPenn.Com. “I tore my meniscus and had some complications after the surgery. I wanted to be 100% before I made my return and that time is now. I feel 100% and I’m ready to fight. Everything is going according to plan and I am feeling very well and extremely motivated.”
“McNally’s got good grappling and seems to focus on all aspects of MMA equally,” said the Montreal native. “McNally is a good opponent for me and we are both looking forward to putting on a great performance for the fans in Rhode Island.”
The deal with CES is not exclusive and Loiseau still has plans on fighting for Tachi Palace again, but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be part of this card. The main event will feature former six-time WWE Champion Dave Bautista and Loiseau believes the attention he brings will all be positive.
“I’m still under contract with Tachi Palace and will be defending the middleweight title at some point,” Loiseau admitted. “This will be my first fight with CES and I think it’s great that they have signed Bautista to appear on this card. I’ve met him a few times and personally I think he’s a great guy. He is a very positive and humble person and is willing to learn. He’s a natural athlete; people tend to forget that the WWE wrestlers are real athletes. You have to respect what they do and I believe he’s going to bring excitement to the fight game for sure.”
… Now that he has given himself the time he felt was necessary to get his body back in proper fighting shape the obvious question is when will we see him back inside the Octagon. Loiseau has had four separate runs in the UFC and holds a 4-5 record for the promotion with four of those losses coming in his last four bouts. As most fighters will tell you it’s never prudent to look beyond the fight you are preparing for. That’s something Loiseau completely agrees with.
“One thing about the fight game is you need to focus on what’s in front of you,” said Loiseau. “I need to concentrate on the task at hand. I’m focused on October 6th and Chris McNally and that’s all I am thinking about right now. I’m training very hard and whatever happens after the fight I will deal with it then. One thing is for sure is I’m preparing to be the best fighter I can be.”
Most fans will remember Loiseau for his memorable five round war with then UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin which he lost via unanimous decision at UFC 58. Some will remember his bout with the late, great Evan Tanner at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 2 that earned him the shot at Franklin. His career has been full of many great moments and as Loiseau will explain they are all very dear to him including the fight with Tanner.
“I think all of my victories are all special in their own way,” Loiseau offered. “My fight with Rich Franklin was a big event for me despite the fact that it was a loss. The whole build-up to the fight and the lessons I learned inside and outside of the cage have stayed with me to this day. I can’t name one fight in particular because they all hold a special place in my heart. I remember fighting Tanner and thinking he was the strongest guy I had ever fought before. I was completely shocked by how much brute strength he possessed. He was a very nice, humble person, he was a true gentleman.”
If Loiseau is healthy and performs to his abilities fans can expect to see a terrific performance from him. As far as he is concerned he will walk into the Dunkin Donuts Center and do what he does best; entertain the fans and leave the cage a happy man.
“I plan on bringing excitement to Providence because that is what I do,” said Loiseau. “I have a reputation of being in exciting fights and that’s always my goal. I want to perform well and put on a great fight for the fans. Most importantly I want to come home with a win.”