With Saturday's "Crow's Nest" card approaching, Hardcore
Championship Fighting CEO Keith Crawford told Sherdog.com that his
organization has been purchased.
The new owner, whom Crawford declined to identify, will soon be
broadcasting HCF events on a digital channel available to North
America and parts of Europe, he said.
The official announcement, including the name of the buyer, will be
made at a news conference to be held between this weekend's event
in Gatineau, Quebec, and the May 10 card in Calgary.
"This announcement is the culmination of 10 years of hard work in
combative sports, and I couldn't be more excited," Crawford said.
"What it's going to do, I feel, is to put us right at number two
with everybody else. Obviously the UFC is number one, and I believe
that Elite XC, Strikeforce and ourselves are going to be number two
when we make the announcement as to who has purchased us."
Loiseau Ready to Rule the Roost
Not many fighters can claim that an entire event has been named
after them, but David "The Crow" Loiseau now can. He'll take on
Todd Gouwenberg(Pictures) in the main event of
Saturday's HCF's "Crow's Nest" card.
"It's flattering," Loiseau told Sherdog.com. "It's cool to headline
the event. I'm very proud and very happy."
Loiseau has had a tough run lately. Despite going 1-5 in his last
six fights, however, he remains one of the most popular and
talked-about Canadian mixed martial artists. After working with
several organizations that failed to get him a fight in the last
year, Loiseau said that HCF has been a blessing.
"Hardcore is a great organization," he said. "I get along with
Keith Crawford, and I'm looking forward to working with the biggest
show in Canada."
Crawford feels the same way.
"David Loiseau(Pictures) is a great kid, and I
really enjoy working with him," he said. "He's got a fantastic
personality, and now that we're working with a lot of higher level
fighters, he's certainly one guy that is amazing to work with."
Loiseau's first HCF bout was a disappointing. He suffered what some
think was an undeserved split-decision loss on Feb. 1 to UFC
newcomer Jason Day(Pictures).
"I was very disappointed, but you've got to move on and roll with
the punches," Loiseau said. "Jason Day(Pictures) knows he didn't win that fight,
and everybody that saw the fight knows it. But I'm past that, and
all I'm thinking about now is my next fight."
That next fight is only a few days away now, and Loiseau obviously
hasn't decided to take the easy route. Opponent Todd Gouwenberg(Pictures) represents Revolution Fight Team.
He's also coming off a loss, having dropped a bout to Antonio Rogerio
Nogueira(Pictures) on the same HCF card that hosted
Loiseau's loss to Day.
Gouwenberg will be cutting down from light heavyweight, but Loiseau
doesn't think that size will be a problem.
"It won't be an issue because he has to make 185," Loiseau said.
"I've fought big middleweights. I fought Rich Franklin(Pictures), Evan Tanner(Pictures), and I'm a big guy. I could fight
205, but I choose not to."
Loiseau also knows that Gouwenberg is a skilled and potentially
"He's tenacious, he's got good hands, good takedowns -- he's a
pretty good fighter," Loiseau said. "So I'm looking forward to a
"Cyborg" was initially released from HCF after only one fight for
violating the terms of his contract. He had signed to fight in
another organization within a 35-day period preceding his HCF bout.
Crawford was upset about releasing Santos at the time, but he is
happy that he has come to a new understanding with Santos'