Report: Jason MacDonald in for David Loiseau against John Salter at UFC 113


Will the real opponent for John Salter please stand up?

After Nick Catone was forced to bow out of their middleweight mash-up due to a back injury, former 185-pound number one contender David Loiseau was called up on short notice to take his place at UFC 113: "Machida vs. Shogun II" on May 8 from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Unfortunately the Quebec Athletic Commission had other plans.

"The Crow" was denied a license to compete earlier today, prompting event officials to scour the Canadian fight scene for a middleweight competitor who knows his way around a cage.

They didn't have to look far. is reporting that UFC veteran and popular Canadian fighter Jason MacDonald (24-13) is getting the chance to resurrect his Octagon career a week from Saturday on his home turf -- though bout agreements have yet to be signed.

"The Athlete" was released from the UFC last May (2009) after a nearly three-year career inside the Octagon. MacDonald was halfway through a four-fight contract signed the previous September and even had the chance to be immortalized courtesy of a Round 5 action figure.

Unfortunately the Canadian had been inconsistent during his tenure with the world's largest fight promotion, going 5-5 and losing two straight, including a dreadful performance against Nate Quarry at UFC 97: "Redemption" that likely prompted his walking papers.

MacDonald was never able to gain any traction in the 185-pound division since bursting onto the scene in 2006 with back-to-back submission wins over Ed Herman and Chris Leben. Still, he brings a well rounded arsenal to the table and has recently assembled a three fight winning streak in smaller promotions.

And since he's already experienced the highs and lows of a UFC career, you can bet he'll be looking to make a major statement on May 8.

Stay tuned to for more updates on this still-developing story.

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