Loiseau Out, Ex-WEC Champ Marshall in Against Santana at TPF 10

By Chris Nelson Jul 27, 2011
The “Crow” has been temporarily grounded, but a “Rhino” has stepped up to take his place.

Tachi Palace Fights middleweight champion David Loiseau has been forced to withdraw from his Aug. 5 title defense against Giva Santana at TPF 10 “Let the Chips Fall” due to an undisclosed injury, Sherdog.com learned late Wednesday evening.

Santana will remain on the card, however, in a non-title bout against former World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight champ Doug “The Rhino” Marshall, who has agreed to fight at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., on just 10 days’ notice.

“We got the news [Tuesday] from his agent, Ken Pavia, that Loiseau would not be able to compete and would need surgery,” Jeremy Luchau, Tachi Palace entertainment coordinator, told Sherdog.com. “The team scrambled right away to find a suitable replacement and the Rhino was eager for the opportunity. I don’t think we could have put together a better late-replacement fight and we are excited to have the Rhino back at home.”

A native of nearby Visalia, the 35-year-old Marshall (Pictured) was a staple of early WEC events and won his 205-pound title at the Tachi Palace in 2006. Marshall twice defended his WEC strap before falling to current UFC middleweight contender Brian Stann in 2008. The Visalia Fight Club representative subsequently embarked on a five-fight win streak, which was snapped with a September knockout loss to Kyacey Uscola at TPF 6.

Santana, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and head BJJ instructor at Team Oyama, will make his Tachi Palace debut on the event. Nicknamed “The Arm Collector,” Santana has secured 12 of his 15 career victories via armbar submission, and has lost only once, a 2008 split decision loss to Jaime Jara in EliteXC. Since then, Santana has reeled off four wins in a row, all by way of stoppage, including two under the M-1 Challenge banner.

Tachi Palace Fights 10 is scheduled to be headlined by a 125-pound title bout between world-ranked flyweights Darrell Montague and Ian McCall, and will stream live on Sherdog.com.

Jeff Sherwood contributed to this report.

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