Evangelista Santos

HCF Axes Santos; Signs Loiseau-Gouwenberg


Rich Franklin and David Loiseau weigh-in for UFC 58: USA vs Canada. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Hardcore Championship Fighting has announced that David Loiseau will take on a recently defeated Todd Gouwenberg in the main event of their upcoming “Crow’s Nest” show on March 29th.

The event, which is scheduled to take place at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec, was originally slated to have Loiseau take on Evanglista “Cyborg” Santos for the promotion’s middleweight title provided that Loiseau was victorious over Jason Day at HCF’s last event.

Then came a change of plans - Loiseau ended up losing a controversial split decision to Day.

After HCF officials decided to pair up Loiseau and Santos after all, the Chute Boxe product decided to sign with the newly former World Victory Road, which has him scheduled to go up against Makoto Takimoto at the promotion’s inaugural show next week.

Santos’ decision led to the terminiation of his contract with HCF.

“Mr. Santos chose to execute a competing contract inside the minimum time period allowed by HCF’s terms for fighters to engage in other events”, said HCF CEO Keith Crawford.

“We are sad to see him go, however we cannot allow fighters to dictate the terms of their contracts to us as this can impact the integrity of our events,” added HCF president Dave Houshiar.

Gouwenberg, who was stopped with strikes by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the promotion’s “Destiny” event earlier this month, will drop down to the middleweight division for the first time in his career.

Report: Loiseau-Day Rematch Possible for March


David Loiseau weighs-in for UFC 63: Hughes vs Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Jason Day may be potentially replacing Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos as David Loiseau’s opponent at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Crow’s Nest” event on March 29th.

The event, which is scheduled to take place at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec, was originally slated to have Loiseau take on Santos for the promotion’s middleweight title provided that Loiseau was victorious over Day this past Saturday night.

However Loiseau ended up losing a controversial split decision to Day in a fight that Day believes Loiseau should have won on the judges’ scorecards, at least from what Loiseau tells The Fight Network in their latest ‘Great Fight North’ column.

“Jason looked me in the eye after the fight and told me that I got robbed,” Loiseau said. “I fought him in Calgary. Things will be a lot different if he comes to my neck of the woods.”

A possible trip to Quebec for Day might just become a reality. The former UFC middleweight title contender has stated that HCF CEO Keith Crawford is looking to replace Santos in favor of a rematch between Loiseau and Day at the promotion’s next event in March.

“We’re looking for a rematch,” Loiseau said. “They’re looking at replacing Santos with Day, but it’s not for sure. That’s the fight the fans want to see. It has to happen. I can’t wait to do it again.”

Nogueira, Mousasi Headline HCF Show in Feb

Hardcore Championship Fighting officially announced the complete card for the promotion’s upcoming event on February 1st at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta.

One of the two co-main events will feature the HCF debut of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as he battles BodogFight and TKO veteran Todd Gouwenberg.

Nogueira has not fought since being knocked out by Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at PRIDE 33 in February. Gouwenberg is currently on a two-fight winning streak. He defeated Konstantin Gluhov and Michael Patt at separate Bodog events in 2007.

The other will have fast-rising Gegard Mousasi clashing with Chute Boxe’s Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.

Mousasi was victorious in his last fight under the HCF banner, stopping Damir Mirenic with strikes in the first round of their bout. Santos was originally scheduled to compete at Cage Rage 24 earlier this month but was forced to pull out of the event due to weight cutting issues.

Other notable names on the card include John Alessio, Mike Pyle, Derrick Noble, Solomon Hutcherson, and more.

The full card for the event is below:

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Todd Gouwenberg
Gegard Mousasi vs. Evangelista Santos
Thomas Schulte vs. Garett Davis
John Alessio vs. Derrick Noble
Damir Mirenic vs. Mike Pyle
Andrew Buckland vs. Dan Chambers
Solomon Hutcherson vs. Amir Rahnavardi
Myles Merola vs. Ariel Sexton
Tim Hague vs. Miodrag Petkovic
Nabil Khatib vs. Lucas Rota
Babian Cortez vs. Juan Barrantes

WVR Adds Bahadurzada, Santos to Sengoku

World Victory Road has announced two additional fighters that will compete at their debut show on March 5th titled “Sengoku”, which will take place at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan - Evangelista Santos and Siyar Bahadurzada.

“Cyborg” has not fought since April of this year, losing a decision to James Zikic. Santos was originally scheduled to take on Paul Cahoon at Cage Rage 24 earlier this month but was forced to pull out of the bout because of apparent weight problems.

Bahadurzada was victorious in five fights in 2007, including a unanimous decision over Shikou Yamashita in July that earned him the Shooto Light Heavyweight Title.

Opponents for both fighters will be announced at a later date.

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