Fcf Radio:gsp Signs Six-fight Contract With Ufc,manager Patry Reports
UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre has signed a six-fight contract extension with the organization, according to the fighter’s manager Stephane Patry. St-Pierre previously had two fights left on his old contract with the promotion when negotiations began, and with this latest signing, the previous contract has been replaced with a new six-fight deal. In an interview this afternoon on FCF Radio, Patry also stated that talks with the UFC had been difficult at times, but that finally an agreement was made that would make St-Pierre “probably one of the highest paid fighters in the UFC, probably top three.” Patry declined to comment on any further specifics regarding the contract’s finances.
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The Crow: Ready to Take Flight in Elite XC Debut
David “The Crow” Loiseau continues to get ready for his fight with Joey Villasenor at the upcoming debut event for Elite Xtreme Combat. The card which will take place in Southhaven, Mississippi, at the Desoto Civic Centre, on February 10th, will be the first for the new MMA promotion, an organization that will be showcased rather prominently due to its partnership with the Showtime Cable Network. The card’s main event will see veteran fighters Frank Shamrock and Renzo Gracie do battle, but the night’s most compelling fight, arguably, could very well be the scheduled bout between Loiseau and Villasenor.
Loiseau is coming off the highs and lows of a lengthy run in the UFC, which saw the Montreal fighter climb his way up the promotion’s middleweight division, only to be defeated by former Champion Rich Franklin, in Loiseau’s failed title bid at UFC 58 on March 4th last spring. Following another unanimous decision loss to the promotions’ up and coming star Mike Swick at UFC 63 last September, Loiseau was let go by the organization. Of course Loiseau didn’t earn a title shot with Franklin without having some considerable success as well, as the Canadian middleweight won 4 fights competing in the UFC, including a three fight winning streak in 2005, where Loiseau defeated Gideon Ray, Charles McCarthy and former Champion Evan Tanner. The Crow also has several notable wins fighting for Quebec’s TKO promotion in Canada, some of which include victories over Tony Fryklund, Joe Doerksen, and Curtis Stout during his 6 year professional career. The former TKO Middleweight Champion’s record currently stands at 14-6.
But when Loiseau makes his debut fighting for the Elite XC, he will have to face yet another highly regarded opponent in Villasenor. The Team Jackson fighter has amassed an impressive record of 22-5 over the last 7 years of his career, which included an astonishing 15 fight winning streak that dated back to 2002. Villasenor did not suffer a loss for 4 years until, at his Pride debut, the New Mexico fighter lost to Ryo Chonan by split decision at Bushido 11 last June. After stopping John Crunk in the first round at KOTC “Civil War” on July 29th, 2006, Villasenor once again was unable to get his first Pride win at the promotion’s debut card on American soil, October 21st. Former UFC middleweight Robbie Lawler knocked out the veteran fighter shortly into round 1, giving Villasenor his fifth career loss.
Loiseau is keenly aware of his upcoming opponent’s abilities, and with both fighters well known for possessing solid striking skills, it would not be strange to expect a stand up war between the two come February 10th. Loiseau, however, is not discussing his game plan publicly as of yet.
“I always have a game plan, but I’m not telling you,” Loiseau says half jokingly. “I expect him to come out and fight hard like he always does. I’ve been training with pretty much the same people in Montreal, but now I’m in San Diego with Brandon Vera and his camp at City Boxing.”
Loiseau became a household name in MMA circles during his stint in the UFC, not only due to his title bout with Franklin and highlight real spinning back kick stoppage of McCarthy, but because of the Quebecois fighter’s lethal elbows. His dramatic come from behind win over Tanner came way of his lethal demonstration of the technique, and it was Loiseau’s very same elbows, that gave Swick plenty of trouble in the third round of their fight last year. Throw in a Xyience commercial where Loiseau was featured prominently, and the Elite XC now has a fairly well known athlete competing for its organization. For Loiseau, who was only a short while ago released by the UFC, the timing could not be better for the Elite XC to come knocking. The new promotion certainly appears to have considerable promise, not only due to it deal with Showtime, but the involvement of such well connected and established people in the organization, like long time boxing promoter Gary Shaw.
“Very excited!” Loiseau says in regards to his upcoming debut for the new promotion. “It’s going to be a great show. I think EliteXC has the right formula to do big things.”
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