David Loiseau got screwed and that sucks but…
David Loiseau got screwed. He was scheduled to fight on the undercard at UFC 113 in Montreal but couldn’t get licensed by Quebec’s HUAC-like athletic commission, the Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux (Regulators of Alcohol, Racing and Gaming).
He was denied because the new owners of XMMA, the promotion of which Loiseau used to be part-owner, are being investigated for possible criminal ties. Okay, let’s just say it – the guy who now owns XMMA is connected to the Hell’s Angels. Big shock. Organized crime in Quebec.
So Loiseau, a bright, classy individual, gets painted with the same brush for a very tenuous connection to a gangster and is denied a license, a chance to fight, to do his job and make a living on the biggest stage in the world. And that really sucks.
It sucks that the Quebec athletic commission has since done an about-face and granted Loiseau a license because it’s too little too late – the UFC has already replaced him with fellow Canadian and UFC vet Jason MacDonald.
But what I have to ask is, what did Loiseau do to deserve another UFC contract in the first place? Other than the fact that UFC 113 is in his hometown and he’s buddies with UFC poster boy Georges St. Pierre, I mean. Yes, he’s coming off a first-round TKO win in February over Chester Post (who?!) at MFC 2, but before that he lost to Ed Herman at UFC 97 (also in Montreal) more than a year ago. Not exactly lighting it up and earning that shot at redemption.
As for MacDonald, he’s had two wins this year already, including over Vernon White at W-1 in March, and three in a row. Still not a tremendous record (he strung together three losses before the three wins, two of them in the UFC), but a hell of a lot more respectable than Loiseau’s.