by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Who is next in line for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title shot is sometimes murky water. Who deserves one and who gets one aren’t always the same. David ‘The Crow’ Loiseau feels he’s next in line for an opportunity at the UFC middleweight belt, but nothing is signed. Asked if he was fighting for the title next, David answered, “I don’t know. I don’t know yet.”

“They told me that’s what they want to do, but they change their minds all the time. You know?” Loiseau told MMAWeekly SoundOff Radio.

When UFC Middleweight Champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin spoke with MMAWeekly on Monday, he commented that Loiseau and Nathan Marquardt are both deserving of a title shot. Marquardt of course tested positive for a banned substance for his bout with Ivan Salaverry, but then retested negative just days later. With Marquardt’s fighting future still unsettled, Loiseau looks to be the obvious choice as Franklin’s next opponent.

Some criticize ‘The Crow’ for his brutal use of elbows, saying he’s only trying to cut his opponents. Loiseau responded to the critics, “Has anyone talked to Evan Tanner or Gideon Ray about the elbows that I threw? They might have been cut, but the cut was just a little factor. I hit them so hard with them that when they stopped the fight, Evan just looked down, sat down and didn’t say anything. He wasn’t complaining. You know what I mean? It’s not like he was ahead and then there was a cut and then he was knocking me out, and I just cut him…People have to realize I don’t throw them to cut an opponent. It’s to knock people out. They happen to cut the guys, but if you watch the Gideon Ray fight, I miss his head, and I hit canvas. You hear a big boom. I put my whole body behind the elbow. I throw it with everything I have.”

Loiseau’s on a five fight win streak, but can he beat Rich Franklin? According to him, “Yes. I can beat him. Of course…I think I can beat anyone in the division. This division is so stacked that it could go either way. I respect Rich a lot. I’ve known him for a long time. Yea, I believe I can beat him, but we’re so much alike. We’re both explosive. We’ve both got good grappling, wrestling, striking; it’s going to be a very, very, very tough fight man.”

Questioned if he has better stand up than Rich Franklin, Loiseau replied, “Yes. Yes. Well, you know what? It’s not that it’s better, it’s just that strategy wise, I’m just so good strategy right now, like game plan and sticking to my game plan that’s it’s not personal with Rich. It’s just like I don’t think anyone in the division can beat me.”

David added, “Seriously. I’ve been thinking about it for a little bit. I thought at first it was kind of odd because man I love Rich man. He’s like, I’ve known him for like five years. We’re buddies and stuff like that, but it’s business. You know? I didn’t think it would get to that point, but it did. He came down to middleweight and stuff like that, so we’re going to have to fight eventually for sure, but man, what a fight it’s going to be. What a fight…We’re both gentlemen outside the ring, but you know we’re going to throw down in there. We’ve both got killer instincts when we’ve got an opponent hurt. And I know he’s thinking the same thing. What a war it’s going to be. We’re both going to be ready. We both train hard. We’re both consistent. We’re both disciplined.”

Loiseau has heard he’ll be next to get a shot at Rich Franklin. He wants the next shot at Rich Franklin, and feels he deserves it. He commented, “I deserve a title shot. Where I’m at, what I did, I believe Nate [Quarry] didn’t deserve it the way that I did. I beat the former champion. I beat the last guy to have the belt before Rich.”

There’s no doubt that David Loiseau deserves the next title shot in the UFC middleweight division. The only question is will he get it? Closing out the interview, ‘The Crow’ said, “Whenever I fight for the title, you know I’m going to come out swinging.”