Getting released from the UFC’s roster can be a tough blow for any fighter to take, but as David Loisaeu, Tim Boetsch and Jason MacDonald have found out in the last few days, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never step into the octagon again.
It’s a fact that 30 year old Canadian fighter Loisaeu knows only to well having had three previous stints in the promotion during his career. The last one was disappointingly short though – a single fight at UFC 97 in April of last year against Ed Herman in which he failed to live up to expectations in a three round decision loss.
A year on, and one victory later Loisaeu is welcomed back to the fold at UFC 115 to face Mario Miranda looking to improve on his 4-4 record inside the octagon.
Another Canadian who’s found himself returning to the UFC this week is Jason MacDonald. Like Loisaeu he found himself cut in April of ’09 after a defeat – his third in a row. ‘The Athlete’ has earned his place on the roster the hard way though, going three fights undefeated against three former UFC fighters in Solomun Hutcherson, Vernon White and Matt Horwich.
The reward for his efforts is a fight at this weekend’s UFC 113 event against John Salter.
Tim Boetsch is another competitor who’s battled his way back to the big stage. A loss to Jason Brilz in March of 2009 left ‘The Barbarian’ looking for alternative venues to fight, but he stated at the time that he felt confident that he would be coming back after getting a few wins under his belt.
That confidence prove to be well founded as he went three fights undefeated in smaller promotions before re-signing with the UFC to appear in his biggest test to date, against Thiago Silva at UFC 117 in August.
No doubt the return of these three men will give hope to the many others who also harbor hopes of one day getting that call.