Return of 'The Crow' may be short-lived

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

VANCOUVER — David ‘The Crow’ Loiseau’s return to the UFC may be short-lived.

Outside of a pair of kicks to open the second round of his fight against Mario Miranda in the UFC 115 undercard in Vancouver last night, Loiseau failed to put anything together.

Loiseau looked lacking in confidence as he stepped in the cage and was dominated on the ground for the entire first round.

The only signs that any of the old David Loiseau existed, came in the first 15 seconds of the second round when he attempted a couple of high kicks that were blocked by Miranda.

Already bleeding from the side of his head, Loiseau was taken down and never got back up again — choosing to cover his head as Miranda dropped fists and elbows while mounted on Loiseau’s back.

The ref mercifully stepped in at 4:07 of the second round after it became clear Loiseau was not intelligently defending himself.

Loiseau, 30, was once a middleweight contender, but after losing a bloody five-round title affair to then-champ Rich Franklin, he has never looked the same.

At 19-9, Loiseau is riding a one-fight win streak but is 0-3 in his last three UFC fights. The Montrealer hasn’t won in the UFC cage since 2005.

The UFC christened professional MMA in Vancouver at GM Place last night in card that was highlighted by Chuck Liddell taking on Rich Franklin and Mirko ‘Cop Cop’ Filipovic taking on Patrick Barry.

In earlier action, Claude Patrick was the first Canadian of the night, as he fought Ricardo Funch. The Torontonian opened with a dominating first round, landing punches from the top position that bounced Funch’s head off the mat and left the corn-rowed fighter dizzy.

Early in the second, Funch got caught in a nasty — but clinically executed — guillotine choke and was forced to tap out at 1:48 of the second round.

Jesse Lennox and Mike Pyle got the night started with a fight that had a little bit of everything.

Pyle ate two decent punches in the first before feeding Lennox back a pair and taking him to the ground ending the round with some elbows. In the second, the pair took it to the mat and stayed on the ground for much of the round. In the third, Pyle was able to get Lennox in a triangle and choke him out for the submission victory.

The only decision of the undercards came in the Peter Sobotta vs. James Wilks fight, in which Wilks got the unanimous nod.

jose.rodriguez@sunmedia.ca


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