With documentary set to debut, David Loiseau looks for vintage form at TPF 8

By Dann Stupp

Yet, at the end of the day, he knows MMA fans rarely get the full story.

So as the former UFC title challenger and the upcoming Tachi Palace Fights 8 headliner prepares for the debut of a documentary based on his career and teammate Georges St-Pierre‘s, he’s excited to pull back the curtain. And as Loiseau told MMAjunkie.com Radio, the answers to often-asked questions aren’t always easy ones.

Loiseau (19-10), once one of the world’s top 185-pound fighters, look to get back to the top when he meets middleweight champion Leopoldo Serao (17-7) in the main event of Friday’s “Tachi Palace Fights 8: All or Nothing” event. MMAjunkie.com streams the show for free from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.

Then, next week is the world premiere of “The Striking Truth,” a documentary directed by Stephen J. Wong and Bobby Razak that features Loiseau and fellow Canadian St-Pierre.

Loiseau said he first pitched the idea of the film years before anyone really knew who he and St-Pierre were. But Wong liked the idea, and they began filming in 2006 at UFC 58. Loiseau fought then-champ Rich Franklin in the headliner, and St-Pierre took on legend B.J. Penn in a featured bout.

It was a pivotal time in both fighters’ careers.

“It’s a documentary but more of a human story,” Loiseau said. “It’s for everyone, not just MMA fans. It’s something that’s going to inspire a lot of people. It’s not just about fighting. It’s a great movie.”

With more than four years of footage, including backstage access before the duo’s major fights, the film captures all the highs and lows of professional-fighting careers. It also captures two careers that veered into very different directions.

“It came out better than I thought it would,” Loiseau said.

 

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