A week after "The Crow" lost an opportunity to fill-in for an injured Nick Catone against John Salter at UFC 113 in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, due to a licensing issue with the Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux (the Quebec athletic commission), the MMA veteran has agreed to fight Mario Miranda at UFC 115 in Vancouver, B.C., MMA Fighting has confirmed the bout with sources close to the event.
Canadian journalist Paul Lazenby broke the news on his Web site over the weekend.
Loiseau was offered the UFC 113 fight last Monday, but when the RACJ delayed its approval of his license due to an open investigation into the sale of a promotion he once owned a stake in (XMMA) to a group of individuals who are being investigated by the authorities, the UFC offered the Salter bout to Jason MacDonald instead.
Loiseau applied for the new license on Monday and was granted it on Wednesday. Unfortunately for Loiseau, the UFC had already offered the fight to MacDonald by the time he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
According to Lazenby, when Vancouver Athletic Commission Chairman, Mirko Mladenovic, heard this news, he called Marc Ratner, the UFC's VP of Regulatory Affairs, and said that would like to have Loiseau, the first Quebec-born fighter to compete in the UFC, be a part of UFC 115 in Vancouver.
Loiseau (19-9) last fought in the Octagon at UFC 97 in Montreal. He lost a one-sided unanimous decision to Ed Herman and was released from his contract shortly thereafter.
Once considered one of the most exciting fighters in MMA, Loiseau's career has stalled since losing a middleweight title fight to Rich Franklin at UFC 58.
Sources say he signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion this past week.
Miranda lost his first pro MMA bout in his first UFC appearance this past March to Gerald Harris via TKO. The Brazilian goes into the fight with an 11-1 record.
UFC 115 takes place June 12 at the GM Place in Vancouver, and is headlined by Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin.
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