A second life in the PFL for Olivier Aubin-Mercier, a month and a half before the championship |  RDS

A second life in the PFL for Olivier Aubin-Mercier, a month and a half before the championship | RDS

Olivier Aubin-Mercier is undefeated in his five fights since joining the PFL and is riding a perfect streak this season in the lightweight tournament that will culminate on November 25 in New York. His opponent will be veteran Stevie Ray.

“I took 2-3 weeks off (after the semi-final). I feel like I would be ready to fight for five rounds by now, but I still have a month and a half of camp left and I’m well advanced,” the Quebecer said during the podcast. In the cage Tuesday. “It’s still a long three-month camp, but I’m in pretty good shape and feel good. »

The exclamation point this season would of course be the championship title, but also a tempting million dollar purse for the winner. If many like to ask him what he intends to spend that sum on if he manages to collect it, Aubin-Mercier is far from wanting to think about it.

“I don’t like luxury, bling-bling, the cars… The PFL came to film my apartment and told me that I was probably going to want to move, but I said no. I don’t need much in life. I find it funny because Stevie Ray is the complete opposite. He said that he was doing this for his family and that the future of his family was in his hands. I can’t believe how he manages to push himself so hard. I do not understand the world that sees it as THE grand prize, I see it as an achievement that I have worked for all my life. yes sure it would be the fun And that would give me some peace of mind. With what’s going on in the world, you don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few years, so that’s helpful, but I like to think more about the achievement and the whole story behind it all. »

“Whether I win the million or not, I will continue to work after my career. It is not true that I am going to retire and have no purpose for the next 40 years. I’ll do something else. »

Three years after his last fight in the UFC, Aubin-Mercier seems to have a second life in the PFL, a second wind. He delivered some of the best performances of his career, sometimes even while battling injuries. This was also the case in the semi-final against Alex Martinez, whom he knocked down several times before finally winning by unanimous decision.

“The pandemic has been difficult but it has also helped me improve. When you’re always under the stress of having to fight in the UFC, you don’t have time to work on your strengths and weaknesses. For two years we trained without scales, but not too intensely, and I think it helped me progress in my play. »

« Maintenant, mes deux buts dans la PFL sont de gagner le tournoi cette année et d’amener la PFL à Montréal l’année prochaine », added by Aubin-Mercier, who for certain compter sur de nombreux amateurs devoués pour aller l’encourager In New York. “I hope it shows the league that we are ready to host an event in Montreal. I would also like to try to bring friends and training partners to the organization. »

The ‘Canadian Gangster’ has admitted that he has no intention of prolonging his career unnecessarily. Although he is only 33 years old, he admits like many other PFL fighters that a full season is enormously demanding.

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“I think I have a great year left to fight. Everything speeds up in the PFL. In the UFC you fight 2 or 3 times a year, but in the PFL, a year means potentially 5 fights and that’s not bad at all. This year was difficult for me. That is the fun, there is something poetic about fighting so much in such a short amount of time, but I found it mentally and physically difficult. Next year maybe I can do it again, but after that… I think I have another year to go. »

Until then, Stevie Ray stands in their way and Aubin-Mercier plays it safe.

“Stevie Ray wasn’t supposed to win and he stunned against Anthony Pettis. Even though I think I’m much better than him, he has a lion’s heart and I have to be careful. He is a good mix between a technician and a guy with a lot of heart. He finds ways to win. Technically, I don’t think he’s at the peak of it, but he’s dangerous. He has a pretty quick left hand that can be dangerous. He has little holes defensively and offensively, but he’s still pretty complete, but personally, I think I’m much better than him everywhere. I have a hard time anticipating what he’s going to do against me and maybe that’s a question mark for me. I’ve trained with him before, but I’m quite curious how he’s going to approach the fight. For my part I will do what he has to do, my game plan it’s ready “

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