David Loiseau

The Daily Recap: NY Senate Votes to Legalize MMA, Aldo-Mendes Scrapped & More

Jose Aldo. Photo courtesy of Built to Fight Industries.

 The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The New York State Senate has voted to legalize the sport of mixed martial arts and the fate of yet another attempt to bring the world's fastest growing sport to the Empire State will once again go through the State Assembly, which has shot down such a bill multiple times in years past. [New York Post]

— A proposted UFC featherweight title bout between reigning champion Jose Aldo and top contender Chad Mendes, originally targeted for a UFC event in August, has essentially been scrapped. Citing wear and tear from his hard-fought win over Mark Hominick in April, Aldo's management team has stated that their fighter won't be returning to action until the fall. Mendes has instead opted to fight in August regardless against a different opponent rather than sit on the sidelines and wait for a title shot. [MMA Weekly]

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More Quick Hits: Loiseau, Others Cut From UFC, Hallman Returns & More

David Loiseau. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your quick hits for the morning of May 5, 2009.

— Just one day after Jason MacDonald was handed his walking papers by the UFC, three other fighters were as well: David Loiseau, Ryo Chonan and David Bielkheden. Loiseau’s UFC return last just one fight as he dropped a lackluster unanimous decision to Ed Herman at UFC 97. Chonan and Bielkheden fell at the event as well, and both fighters had posted unfavorable 1-2 records inside the Octagon. [Sherdog.com]

— Rick Roufus-trained Eric Schafer has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his scheduled light heavyweight bout against Tomasz Drwal at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June because of a rib injury. Drwal’s new opponent will apparently be Miletich Fighting Systems product Mike Ciesnolevicz according to the The Times of Northwest Indiana. Ciesnolevicz last fought at UFC 95, earning his first UFC win with a first-round submission of Neil Grove. [MMA Junkie]

— Seasoned MMA veteran Dennis “Superman” Hallman will reportedly return to action as part of the second edition of Sho MMA’s “Strikeforce Challenger Series” on June 19 in Kent, Washington. An opponent for Hallman has not yet been finalized. Hallman last competed at Square Ring Promotions “March Badness” show in March, submitting Danny Ruiz in the first round. [MMA Weekly]

UFC Announces Bouts for April Events

Brian Stann. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday confirmed multiple previously rumored bouts that are scheduled to take place at the organization’s separate April events later this year.

Added to the UFC’s return to Canada on April 18 for UFC 97 were a total of four bouts. Former WEC Brian Stann will make his UFC debut against “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Krzysztof Soszynski on the event’s televised main card.

Stann was slated to take on Steve Cantwell in the third career bout between the two this past December, but was forced out of the bout with a foot injury. Soszynski comes into the fight with one UFC win already under his belt in the form of a second-round submission of Shane Primm.

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Report: Loiseau to Return to UFC Against Herman in April

David Loiseau. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former middleweight title challenger David Loiseau will reportedly return to the UFC after two years away from the promotion when he takes on “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Ed Herman at UFC 97 on April 18.

The news comes from a report by Cageplay.com.

Loiseau was rumored to be returning to the UFC, where he has fought seven times in his career, following his TKO win over fellow UFC veteran Solomon Hutcherson at XMMA 5 in September.

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Loiseau Defeats Hutcherson at XMMA 5

David Loiseau. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC middleweight title challenger David Loiseau struggled against former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Solomon Hutcherson before eventually putting Hutcherson away in the fifth round of their championship bout Saturday night at XMMA 5 in Quebec.

Both fighters exchanged takedowns early and often in the fight, with Loiseau gaining the edge in the later rounds. With both visibly exhausted heading into the fifth and final round, Loiseau was able to pin Hutcherson up against the cage and deliver a series of knees in the clinch that buckled him and quickly forced the referee to step in and stop the bout.

The co-main event saw UFC veteran Aaron Riley survive an early scare from XMMA co-founder Steve Claveau in the first round before controlling him over the next two en route to a unanimous decision win. Also victorious on the card was IFL veteran Brent Beauparlant, who earned a second-round TKO of Brandon Sene.

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Loiseau Could Be Headed Back to UFC

David Loiseau. Photo courtesy of Crowtime.tv

If David Loiseau can defeat “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Solomon Hutcherson in the main event of XMMA 5 this weekend, he may be finding his way back to the UFC, somewhere where he been dreaming of returning to and hasn’t fought in since losing to Mike Swick at UFC 63 almost two years ago.

From Fightlinker:

Now David’s got another chance to get back into the UFC. According to his manager Steve Claveau, the UFC will offer him a contract if he takes out Solomon Hutcherson this Saturday. If that name is ringing vague bells in your head, it’s because Solomon was one of the lesser known dudes on the 3rd season of TUF, getting the boot after losing to Rory Singer on the show and then Luigi Fioravanti on the finale.

I don’t think anyone would complain if Loiseau was invited back into the UFC. He always put forth effort and the majority of his fights were pretty exciting. Plus now that he’s with Greg Jackson‘s camp, we could see a different Loiseau altogether.

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Report: Former HCF Exec Announces “Resurrection”

Hector Ramirez. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Dave Houshair, the former co-owner of the recently folded Hardcore Championship Fighting, has reportedly announced his quick promotional return to the world of mixed martial arts with a June 20th co-promotional fight card that will take place at the Max Bell Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The news comes from The Fight Network’s Great Fight North column, which reports that the show will be a joint-effort between Houshair’s Raw Combat promotion and Legacy Fighting Championships.

A slew of notable veterans will be on the card. PRIDE Fighting Championships alumnus Travis Galbraith will take on former UFC light heavyweight Hector Ramirez in the night’s main event.

Former UFC middleweight title challenger David Loiseau will attempt to continue his road back from a string of bad losses when he takes on fellow HCF veteran Andrew Buckland. An LFC featherweight title bout between Len Tam and Chris Desaultes is also slated to take place.

The current card for the event is as follows:

Travis Galbraith vs. Hector Ramirez
David Loiseau vs. Andrew Buckland
Carlo Prater vs. Garett Davis
Derrick Noble vs. Jason Maxwell
Ryan Heck vs. Kurt Southern
Nathan Gunn vs. Max Dalsin
Adam Farr vs. Dami Egbeyemi
Mike Rowbotham vs. Mike Zvonick

Loiseau Decisions Gouwenberg in Quebec

David Loiseau weighs-in for UFC 51: Super Saturday. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC middleweight title contender David Loiseau returned to his winning ways, earning a unanimous decision over British Columbian Todd Gouwenberg at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Crow’s Nest” event last night in front of a raucous crowd at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec.

Loiseau used superior striking to stifle Gouwenberg on the feet, handing out additional punishment in the form of the devastating elbows that made Loiseau one of the most exciting fighters to watch during his second stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Loiseau’s performance was so dominating in the eyes of the ringside judges that all three officials scored at least one round 10-8 in his favor.

Hector Ramirez earned a hard-fought unanimous decision over fellow UFC veteran Rob MacDonald in one of the undercard bouts while Gideon Ray fell to local product Nabil Khatib.

Complete event results are as follows:

Antonio Schembri def. Daniel Grandmaison - Submission (Armbar)
Rodrigo Ruas def. Marcus Vinicios - Submission (Arm Triangle)
Jameel Massouh def. Myles Merola - Unanimous Decision
Bill Boland def. Michal Hamrsmid - TKO (Strikes)
Dan Hornbuckle def. Andrew Buckland - Submission (Armbar)
Brent Beauparlant def. Amir Rahnavardi - Unanimous Decision
Sarah Kaufman def. Molly Helsel - TKO (Strikes)
Nabil Khatib def. Gideon Ray - Unanimous Decision
Hector Ramirez def. Rob MacDonald - Unanimous Decision
David Loiseau def. Todd Gouwenberg - Unanimous Decision

Loiseau Leading HCF to New Heights

David Loiseau weighs-in for UFC 51: Super Saturday. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

For the longest time, it seemed that Stephane Patry’s TKO Championship Fighting was Canada’s premiere mixed martial arts organization. After all, with the likes of Georges St. Pierre and Patrick Cote headlining shows and an unofficial working partnership with the Ultimate Fighting Championship going for them, who could disagree?

However as TKO’s stars started to move on to bigger and better things, APEX Entertainment Group and Championship Fighting Series quietly merged together to form Hardcore Championship Fighting. Then came the signing a slew of big-name fighters. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Aleksander Emelianenko joined the fray and suddenly the tide began to turn.

With all signs pointing towards the organization likely being purchased by ProElite, Keith Crawford and company now focus on their latest event, named specifically after star middleweight David Loiseau, who will face Todd Gouwenberg in the main attraction at tomorrow night’s “Crow’s Nest” show.

For Loiseau, it’s a chance to get back on track. Consecutive losses forced the Canadian out of the UFC and he hasn’t fared much better outside of it lately either. Most recently, Loiseau fell victim to a bogus decision on the judge’s scorecards, a split decision that even opponent Jason Day felt went the wrong way.

“I was really disappointed about it but you know, you have to move on and keep rolling,” Loiseau said during a recent interview session. I think Jason knows that he didn’t win that fight. I’m sure a lot of people that have seen it know it too. But there’s nothing I can do about it now except focus on my next fight. I need to get back to winning.”

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