If you aren't quite sure why Rich Franklin's beating of David Loiseau is the one of the most soul-crushing title defeats of all time, find a hardcore fanatic of the sport and get comfortable as they explain who “The Crow” was.
In the spirit of brevity, Loiseau was exciting, dangerous, unparalleled in creative striking and a stand-up-first striker that understood the ground game.
None of those skills seemed to matter in the UFC 58 bout, as he was beaten mercilessly by the champion for five full rounds.
Loiseau had won 12 of his previous 14 matches, which spanned a half-decade. The record rivaled the best in the world, and he was considered a surefire obstacle for Franklin.
Most people thought that “Ace,” while clearly the bigger and more established fighter in the Octagon, would have some seriously trouble with “The Crow.” It turned out the only trouble Franklin had was breaking the Canadian's will to match his face.
Rich Franklin controlled the fight from "Let's get it on"-to-horn. He took Loiseau down at will, which opened up the striking portion for Franklin as well. By the end of three rounds “The Crow” was already battered and beaten. The elbows and punches just kept raining down upon the Canadian until the merciful final bell of the fifth round.
The Canadian gave a gutsy performance, never looking for a way out. But there is no doubting the five-round beating came at the cost of his fighting soul. He dropped his next three bouts and failed to win either of his two reentry fights into the UFC.
"The Crow" should not be disrespected. It is a shame he is somewhat forgotten in the annals of history. It is doubly unfortunate this slide is probably the first time many have heard of him outside of browsing Rich Franklin's fight history.
It is what it is, and “The Crow” is now relegated to trivial history due to his never fully recovering from the beating he took at the hands of “Ace.”