02-01-2010, 01:15 PM
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| | David Loiseau gets charity fight, headlines MFL 2 to benefit Haitians
David Loiseau gets charity fight, headlines MFL 2 to benefit Haitian earthquake victims | MMAjunkie.com
After his pleas for a charity fight initially fell on deaf ears, David Loiseau has finally secured a bout – the proceeds of which will benefit victims of the January earthquake in Haiti. |
Loiseau (18-9), a former top UFC middleweight contender, headlines "Mixed Fight League 2: Battleground" against Isidro Gonzales (16-13) on Feb. 27 at the Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The event also features UFC vets Marvin Eastman and Jon Murphy, and $2 from each ticket sale will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit the Haitian relief efforts.
MFL 2 currently features 10 bouts with Loiseau in the featured spot against Gonzales (who's fought notables such as Joe Riggs, Carlos Condit, Josh Burkman, Trevor Prangley and others).
Loiseau, a popular French-Canadian fighter whose family comes from Haiti, recently said it took him two days to receive confirmation from his mother that his grandparents and uncles living in Haiti were safe, though members of his extended family weren't so fortunate.
"We lost my grandmother's first cousin," Loiseau recently told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com). "She was older; her house collapsed. She didn't get out in time. My best friend's mother, who was living in Montreal and visiting Haiti – she was like a mother to all of us in the neighborhood, we all grew up together – she passed in the earthquake."
And though he wanted to find a fight to do his part to help the victims, he knows he can also raise awareness in the MMA community with his fight.
"Most people, they lost their house, and they're sleeping either in a park or in their car," he said. "There's a lot of dead bodies in the streets. Even though there's a lot of help, still a lot of people are looking for food."
The MFL 2 card currently includes:
•David Loiseau (18-9) vs. Isidro Gonzales (16-13)
•Steve Bosse (6-1) vs. Marvin Eastman (16-12-1)
•Bruno Hosier (3-0) vs. Tom Murphy (5-0)
•Sébastien Garguier (5-3) vs. Martin Grandmont (9-4)
•Derek Gauthier (5-0) vs. Jesse Ronson (1-0)
•Mark Fraser (1-4-1) vs. Dimitri Waardenburg (3-4)
•Louis-Philippe Carles (6-1) vs. Chris Vorano (3-5)
•Justin Poissant (0-0) vs. Nordine Taleb (1-1)
•Pierrot Marcoux (0-1) vs. Lyndon Whitlock (0-0)
•Joey Gambino (1-0) vs. Louis-Philippe Gauthier (0-0)
To purchase tickets or for more information, go to Accueil. (For non-French speakers, you can purchase tickets at www.admission.com.)
I don't know who will agree with me but I think the UFC really dropped the ball here. Just for the selfishness of the huge promotion they would of received. The UFC would of drawn more people in and therefor more money than the MFL will. The UFC could of done some one fight contracts for the fighters appearing and thrown something together like with the Fight for the Troops card that raised over 4 million dollars. The UFC doesn't have the obligation to do anything for anyone but it would of benefited them in gigantic ways.
There are many paths to freedom....not all are peaceful.
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