Loiseau Stops Hutcherson in Fifth Round

By Freddie DeFreitas Sep 14, 2008
MONTREAL -- David "The Crow" Loiseau had a tougher time than many expected Saturday with former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Solomon Hutcherson.

However, with the new XMMA middleweight belt up for grabs, Loiseau made good on his long-awaited return by gutting out a stoppage at 1:56 of the fifth round following an onslaught of knees from the clinch.

“I had a very tough opponent,” said Loiseau, who had returned to fight in his home province of Quebec for the first time in more than four years. “The first three rounds I dropped him, and he kept coming back.”

Loiseau caught Hutcherson early in the first and looked to take his back, but Hutcherson used his raw strength to hoist Loiseau over his head and dump him hard to the mat with an impact that resonated throughout the arena.

“You know, I dislocated my shoulder in the first round, so it was hard for me to keep the high pressure. I was really hurt,” Loiseau said. “I had to re-place it in the middle of the round on the ground. It was tough, man.”

Hutcherson did the majority of his damage on the ground with vicious knees and punches to the body while maintaining back control. Loiseau returned the favor, however, by scoring numerous double-leg takedowns to slowly take Hutcherson out of his game and take the fight into the later rounds.

“I stuck to the game plan, which was to fight hard and whenever [you can], you hurt the guy,” Loiseau said. “To finish your opponent in the fifth, you have to be in shape.”

In the co-main event, flamboyant local favorite Steve Claveau came out hard and fast against veteran Aaron Riley, catching him early with a flurry that had Riley backpedaling. The early advantage held by Claveau would not last long, though, as the crafty Riley turned things around and opened a gash over Claveau’s left eye. By round’s end, “The Snake” was a bloody mess.

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Aaron Riley outpointed local
favorite Steve Claveau.
As the pace began to slow in the second stanza, Claveau let his hands loose and had Riley moving backward again. The crowd was firmly behind Claveau, but the offense was short-lived as Riley swiftly took the fight to the ground. After a scramble led to another toe-to-toe exchange, Claveau began to find his second wind and got the better of Riley just as the round came to a close.

In the third and final round, it was apparent that Riley had more in the tank. Claveau offered little offense, but he hung tough while Riley grinded out the unanimous decision win.

After a heated staredown during the prefight instructions -- the combatants had to be separated -- Martin Desilets came out and floored Jason Cecil with the first punch of the fight. Desilets followed his opponent to the mat, where he unleashed an unrelenting barrage of strikes that forced Cecil to give up his back long enough for Desilets to sink in the choke. A game but completely overwhelmed Cecil escaped only to end up back in the firing line of more ground-and-pound administered by Desilets. Referee Phillip Chartier called the contest at 1:55 of the first round, declaring Desilets the winner and new XMMA light heavyweight champion.

Throughout the opening round of his bout with Brandon Sene, Brent Beauparlant absorbed a number of shots that would have sent a lesser man to the canvas. He also turned the tables in the second round, as Sene visibly began to fade.

After a left-right staggered Sene, Beauparlant went back to his strength and wrestled his opponent to the mat. Eventually Beauparlant took Sene’s back and finished “The Ultimate Fighter” alum with strikes at 3:20 of the second round.

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