Loiseau to fight in Vancouver

MATT KIELTYKA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Montreal's loss is Vancouver's gain.

David "The Crow" Loiseau will be added to the UFC 115 card at GM Place June 12 after the French Canadian was shut out of UFC 113 in his hometown.

Loiseau was belatedly granted a licence by the Quebec athletic commission after allegations an organization the Haitian-born fighter owned and sold years ago has criminal ties.

A squeaky clean RCMP report came back to the commission last week and Loiseau was finally cleared to fight.

But it was too late.

The UFC had already called on fellow Canadian Jason MacDonald as a replacement at the May 8 event.

Loiseau, who lives in Montreal, said the commission treated him "unfairly", robbed him of a paycheque and a chance to redeem himself.

The former contender (19-9 in his career and 3-3 in the UFC) was cut from the UFC roster in 2009 after a loss to Ed Herman.

But the 30-year-old won't have to wait long for another shot in the Octagon.

"David Loiseau will now be on the card as an extra fight for Vancouver," Vancouver Athletic Commission chairman Mirko Mladenovic told QMI Agency. "When I first heard he was left off the Montreal card, I contacted the UFC about it."

While his opponent hasn't been determined, Mladenovic says Loiseau's inclusion to UFC 115 is "great value added."

The former TKO Major League champion will also donate his purse to Haiti earthquake relief efforts, according to Mladenovic.

Loiseau's Vancouver fight will give patriotic Canadians someone to cheer for, but hardcore fans are still smarting at the cancellation of UFC 115's most anticipated fight.

Thiago Alves was set to fight Jon Fitch in June for the right to challenge Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship but the bout has been postponed to UFC 117 in August.

Alves, 26, is coming off brain surgery and has not been able to get medical clearance in time for UFC 115.

The Alves-Fitch rematch (Fitch won their first battle in 2006) was the crown jewel of the GM Place event -- the one fight that "mattered" on a card full of stars past their prime and prospects still trying to make their mark in mixed martial arts.


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