Loiseau eats crow

JOSE RODRIGUEZ

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

MONTREAL -- David 'The Crow' Loiseau made his return to the UFC before a jacked up hometown crowd at UFC 97 in Montreal last night.

But it was a short-lived welcome party for the former middleweight contender, who seemed content to ride out the fight covering up as his opponent, Ed 'Short Fuse' Herman, looked for openings and submissions.

Outside of a pair of spinning back kicks to start off the first round, Loiseau was controlled handily and looked unwilling to engage except in bursts that were too few and too futile.

As the fight wore on, a frustrated Bell Centre crowd grew increasingly impatient with the fighters.

In the third round, Loiseau looked gassed. He lost a unanimous decision.

It was Loiseau's first fight back in the UFC since September 2006, when he was punted following two straight losses - including a middleweight title scrap against then champ Rich Franklin.

Loiseau was able to garner a return invite from the UFC following three wins at smaller shows.

UFC 97 was the second time the world's largest mixed-martial-arts league has been to Montreal. UFC 83 last April featured Georges St. Pierre victorious over Matt 'The Terror' Serra to reclaim the welterweight belt.

Last night's main event featured a middleweight title bout between Thales Leites and Anderson Silva and a co-main event between Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua and former light-heavyweight champ Chuck 'The Iceman' Liddell.

In earlier action, Toronto's Mark Bocek made short work of David Bielkheden. Bocek, a noted ground fighter and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, gained side control twice, keeping Bielkheden pinned.

With 30 seconds left in the first round, Bocek mounted and unloaded on the Brazilian before disposing of him with a rear naked choke.

Japanese fighter Ryo Chonan had his hands full with UFC newcomer T.J. Grant. The Nova Scotia fighter stunned the seasoned Chonan with aggressive striking and better ground control than Chonan may have anticipated.

The third round was spent mostly on the ground as Grant looked to submit the slippery Chonan.

Grant earns a split decision and the crowd erupts. First Canadian of the night with a win.

Brazilian Vinicius Magalhaes and American Eliot Marshall started the night with both fighters choosing to trade kicks and punches guardedly before an impatient crowd.

Marshall got the eventual unanimous nod from the judges.

JOSE.RODRIGUEZ@SUNMEDIA.CA


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