Update: Loiseau to Face Miranda at UFC 115

By Loretta Hunt May 3, 2010
After losing a spot on UFC 113’s roster this Saturday in Montreal, David Loiseau will face Mario Miranda in a preliminary bout at UFC 115 on June 12 at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sherdog.com has confirmed through multiple sources.

The Montreal-based fighter had originally been offered a middleweight bout against John Salter for the UFC’s third trip to the eastern Canadian city this Saturday. However, when the Quebec Boxing Commission would not initially grant Loiseau his renewal license in the province, the promotion gave the vacant position to Jason MacDonald.

Ken Pavia, Loiseau’s manager, said the regulatory body delayed granting his client the renewal license while it investigated the fighter’s involvement in the XMMA promotion, which is alleged to have ties to organized crime. Pavia told Sherdog.com that Loiseau had a minority stake in the company, but sold it off about a year ago. The commission’s investigation concluded last Tuesday after a teleconference hearing with Loiseau, but by then, the UFC has already tapped MacDonald to face Salter.

The Vancouver Athletic Commission was instrumental in getting Loiseau placed on the June event in its province, as was first reported at PaulLazenby.com.

"I got in touch with (UFC Vice President) Marc Ratner last week and told him if Montreal didn't want Loiseau, we'd take him," said Mirko Mladenovic, chairman of the Vancouver Athletic Commission. "It's a value added to the fans coming to see the event. He's a great Canadian champion fighter."

The new Vancouver assignment brings a happy ending to a rollercoaster year thus far for the 30-year-old Loiseau. The French Canadian fighter, whose parents are Haitian, was greatly affected by the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in mid January. Loiseau lost his 96-year-old grandmother’s cousin, who lived in Port-au-Prince, when her home collapsed. Loiseau’s uncle also lost his home and belongings in the quake and was forced to relocate with the fighter’s grandparents two hours outside the leveled city.

In February, Loiseau scored a first-round technical knockout against Chester Post at Mixed Fight League 2 in Montreal. Loiseau donated his earnings to relief efforts, while the MFL promotion also pledged a part of its ticket sales.

Loiseau, a dynamic striker who fought for the UFC middleweight title in 2005, has not found success in the Octagon in recent years. After three high-profile defeats, he toiled his way through the regional circuit and back into the top promotion, but he dropped a largely panned unanimous decision to Ed Herman at UFC 97 in Montreal.

Miranda, a product of veteran trainer Matt Hume, lost his Octagon debut to wrestler Gerald Harris via first-round strikes at UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31 in Charlotte, N.C. The Washington-based Miranda carried an unblemished 9-0 record into the bout.

Update: This article was updated at 2:15 p.m. EST with comments from the Vancouver Athletic Commission.
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