Some guys just can't catch a break.
The Quebec Athletic Commission has denied Montreal native David Loiseau a license to compete against John Salter at the upcoming UFC 113: "Machida vs. Shogun II" event at the Bell Centre on May 8, according to The Canadian Press.
"The Crow" was forced to undego a criminal bavkground investigationdid not take the news well, as he vented on his official Facebook page:
10 years of my life to the sport of MMA. Opened doors for Quebec fighters, put Quebec on the map, helped built the sport in Quebec. Now the Quebec commission wont let me fight... UNACCEPTABLE.
Loiseau was widely expected to replace the injured Nick Catone; however, the UFC did not officially announce his participation.Since getting battered and beaten for five rounds by then-champion Rich Franklin at UFC 58: "USA vs. Canada" back in 2006, Loiseau has struggled against adequate competition to regain his top form. In fact, he's lost every UFC bout since (two) and four of his last nine bouts.
After stringing together three straight wins, Loiseau was invited back to the promotion to take on Ed Herman at UFC 97: "Redemption" last year; however, he was thoroughly defeated in a lopsided unanimous decision. The Canadian with Haitian roots most recently stopped Chester Post via first round technical knockout at MFL 2: "Battleground" earlier this year.
"Crow" fans were almost as excited as he was to see him get one more chance inside the Octagon -- but as of now, it looks like it wasn't to be.
Fans who wish to contest his denial can send a respectful protest email to the commission: at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook fans can also join a support group on the popular social networking site here.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates on this unfortunate story as they develop.
***UPDATE (Courtesy of Cage Potato)
David Loiseau has been granted his license by the commission, but it is too little, too late. Jason MacDonald has been penciled in for the UFC 113 bout, but 'The Crow" has a four-fight deal with the UFC and is expected to compete at a later date.
Loiseau had this to say:
“Man, I honestly can’t believe this happened. It was humiliating. I haven’t slept in three days. I’ve been cutting weight because I was confident this would get sorted out. Now, even though it’s been proven that I’m innocent, my reputation and credibility has been damaged. I’m trying to decide what to do next, but taking legal action against the commission is definitely something I’m looking at.”