Almost a year to the day after their initial northern excursion,
the UFC is preparing for their sophomore event in Montreal and
fighters like David
Loiseau and Jonathan
Goulet are being lined up.
Participants have been told that the event will be held on April
18. However, as of Monday, the Bell Centre -- which is the UFC’s
venue of choice -- told Sherdog.com that no date has been
The apparent hold-up is the as-yet unknown playoff schedule for the
NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. Right now the Canadiens are doing well
and it’s expected that they’ll make the playoffs, and Saturday
nights are often reserved for that storied franchise. However, a
Bell Centre public relations rep did say that there are many dates
in the Spring, April 18 included, that still might be taken by the
Several Canadian fighters have tentatively been scheduled to
appear, including David
Loiseau (18-8), who confirmed that he’s signed a contract to
face Team Quest wrestler Ed Herman
(14-7) and possibly Jonathan
Goulet (22-10), who said he’s been offered a bout against
“I’m so happy to be back in the UFC, you have no idea.” Loiseau
told Sherdog.com on Monday. “I believe this is where I belong and
I’m very happy to be there.”
It’s been a long road for the popular Loiseau, whose last Octagon
appearance came two years ago with a unanimous decision loss to
Swick at UFC 58. Since then, the French Canadian striker has
gone 4-2, but has won his last three fights against Todd
Buckland, and Solomon
“Good opponent,” said Loiseau of Herman. “As long as the fight is
exciting for the fans that’s what I want.”
Loiseau will remain busy until his middleweight return. At the
moment, he’s in Montreal helping Denis Kang and
St. Pierre get ready for their next challengers in Alan
Belcher and B.J. Penn
respectively. Afterward, he’ll head off to Denver to help Nate
Marquardt prepare for his next bout. Another short stint in
Montreal will follow, and then Loiseau will spend the remainder of
his preparation time with Greg
Jackson’s camp in Albuquerque.
“You’re only as good as your training partners, and I’m very
grateful to have all of these partners and trainers,” said
Victoriaville native Goulet has been offered a bout with lanky
Northeaster McCrory, but before he can accept it, a doctor must
give him clearance to train on an injured knee. Goulet has an
appointment on Thursday.
“I very much wish that I will be able to fight, but right now I
just wish that I could train,” he told Sherdog.com on Monday.
New Year’s resolutions
Most Canadians have a thing or two that we aim to do better every
year, and fighters are no different. We all see things in our lives
that we’d like to improve or work on, and that includes some of
your favorite fighters and trainers. Here are some resolutions from
Canada’s best and brightest:
MacDonald: I’m a family guy and I feel like I’m a pretty
great dad to my kids. I run a business and I try to be a good
friend. I eat healthy and train hard so I’m not sure what I could
give up. I’m not a smoker and I’m not a drinker, so I suppose my
New Year’s resolution is to continue to try to get better as a
fighter and keep putting on exciting fights for the UFC fans.
Loiseau: I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I change
things when I need to in my life, I don’t need to wait for January
Jimmo: In the new year, I’m going to take my training to
a new level. I’m also going to take better care of my body; in the
past I’ve neglected injuries. In regards to my training, I’ve been
holding back slightly with particular aspects so I wouldn’t peak so
soon in my career. I’m going to start doing little things like
wearing my mouth guard when I run so I get used to it. On a more
personal front, I’m going to try and be a little more caring to
those close to me and not so cold and distant. I get a bit
reclusive when I’m training and I don’t want loved ones to feel the
brunt of that.
Skidmore: To not swear so much around my two-year-old
daughter because she repeats everything she hears.
Chambers: I am getting married in February 2009 so I
hope to keep fighting and stay training around the few fights that
I have coming up that will be big tests for me. I would like to
test out both the 170- and 185-pound classes, as there are some
tough guys in both.
Doerksen: Not making any. Just living my life one day at
Cardinal: This year I want to train smarter and compete
as much as possible.
MacKay: Mental training and pre/post fight reflection.
It’s time for me to start taking this game seriously, and that will
begin with my thought process surrounding this sport and my
intentions in getting the UFC to notice me. If I don’t start
believing that I deserve to fight on the big stage then I will
never perform to my potential and the world will never see what I’m
Stout: My New Year’s resolution is to be more
Hollett: My girlfriend says my resolution is to save up
and buy her a ring.
Khatib: Be a more organized badass mothaf----- that
trains technique and strength and has a little cleaner diet
too. Will start work on building MMA for Ottawa ‘cause Ottawa will
Munduruca: In 2009, I’ll be training super hard to try
getting in the UFC. That is my goal and I know I can do it.
Joslin: Train hard and get myself back into competition
shape by February!
Currie: To start taking my training more seriously. My
plan is to get a few sponsors in January, and with that money I’ll
be hiring a strength and conditioning coach. Everyone will see a
totally different fighter the next time I step in the cage.
Motard: To be more active in fighting and destroying my
next opponent in March at W1 MMA. I also want to ensure that fight
fans see my student Louis Phillipe Carles shine, because he has a
bright future in the sport.