- CROW SPEAKS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE LOSS

March 23, 2006
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by Jeff Cain & MMAWeekly Radio
David ‘The Crow’ Loiseau spoke for the first time since losing his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title bout against Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin exclusively to MMAWeekly.

In his interview with MMAWeekly Radio, Loiseau discussed his falling out with former manager Stephane Patry, his fight with Rich Franklin, and his future. To hear the interview in its entirety, click on the radio archive.

Loiseau recently went through a very public falling out with his former manager, Stephane Patry. Patry commented in an interview that he was no longer handling David Loiseau and his contract was up for sale. Loiseau responded with a letter explaining his side of the story.

Addressing the situation to MMAWeekly Radio, ‘The Crow’ said, “This whole story, I can’t say much about it, but there’s a lot of misunderstanding, a lot of misunderstanding basically. But the things I told about the ambulance and him being cold and not talking to me and all that stuff, that’s all true. That is all real stuff. He was just really mad at the fact that I didn’t want to sign the contract. Like, when I wanted to get it checked out by my lawyers, it kind of insulted him because he believes that’s his job to check the contracts and all of that. But I don’t know man. It is a messed up story.”

Loiseau is on the open market, but expects to soon sign with a representative. “No one is representing me now, but I’m looking. I’m going to sign with a manager pretty soon because I can’t; I’m not looking to self manage myself. It is a lot of work, and I don’t think I’m a good negotiator for the purses.” Loiseau told MMAWeekly.

Loiseau looked stiff when the bell rang to begin round one of his title match with Rich Franklin. He never seemed to find his rhythm. Discussing the fight with Franklin, Loiseau said, “Did you see the stance that I took, that I had? I was almost like sideways and stuff like that. You know? Didn’t you notice that? That didn’t help. That is one thing. I’m a perfectionist and I’m trying too much stuff.

I’m trying to improve. I’m trying to be too good. In my training camp, there is a lot of cooks in the kitchen. You know? I listen to a lot of people, too many people, and I should just cut it down to my main guys. That is one thing, and that is the reason why I was stiff in the fight. And I always start off slow. And I got caught with a big punch early in the fight, and it kind of threw me off. But all the props to Rich, man. Rich fought great that night, man.”

‘The Crow’ was hurt in the first, but the real damage came in the second round. Loiseau explained, “Half way through the second round I couldn’t see. I could see. To knock a guy down in the third round when you can’t see; I mean I could see, but not a lot. My vision was messed up, and it affected my balance a lot. And you saw it.

I looked scared because I was kind of scared. When you have a big guy like Rich chasing you around and you can’t see, that is why I was backing up so much. People criticize me for running, but yo. I saw in Rich’s eyes because Rich is just like me. When he smells the fear, he just attacks. He wants more. We’ve just got that killer instinct, both of us. And he smelled it and was chasing me, and I was like, no, no, just running . . . You try to beat Franklin with messed up vision. You know? It’s not an easy thing.”

David further commented. “He was much more comfortable in there. Look at the whole scenario. It is me vs. Franklin, the Canadian vs. the American, the challenger vs. Champion. The theme of the show was Canada vs. USA. I didn’t have much on my side. It is like, it was like me against the world type of thing. It wasn’t easy for me going into that fight. I had the pressure. I had a lot of things against me. I was a 3 to 1 underdog also.”

The mark of a true champion is measured more by his conduct in defeat than his triumphs and glories. In the face of losing to Franklin and a split with his longtime manager, David Loiseau remains optimistic and determined to move forward.

The Canadian fighter told MMAWeekly, “I’m 26 years old, man. You know? It is like four years and I’m going to be in my prime. You know what I mean? I’m going to be in my prime in four years. I’ve got time, man. I’ve got ten years left in fighting. Ten years. You know how much stuff happens in ten years . . . It is true, man. Rich is 31 and I’m 26. It is like, yo, he is in his prime. I am not. When I am in my prime, I will be a monster.”

Revisiting the Franklin fight, ‘The Crow’ commented, “The reason why the vision was messed up was because of the swelling. As soon as the swelling went down I was cool. The swelling and the blood that went into the eyes, that messed me up bad . . . It was insane. But you know what? I just didn’t want to stop. It was day to fight for a world title, and I wasn’t going to quit like that. You guys know how many people just quit. You know? They’re like, oh I can’t see. They say to the doctor, I can’t see. There is no such thing, man. There is no such thing as quitting, man.”

Already preparing for the future, ‘The Crow’ has returned to training. He said, “I’m already back in training. Thanks to God I’m 100% healthy, and I’m just going to keep on working, man. Look out for me, man.”

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