Fighter of the Week: Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Olivier Aubin-Mercier “The Quebec Kid”
Pro Record: 9 wins & 2 losses
Association: H20 MMA & Tristar Gym
Weight Class: Lightweight
In this week’s addition of the Fighter of the Week we will take a look at Olivier Aubin-Mercier (OAM), a Canadian born grappling specialist, who is currently un-ranked in themmatakeover.com rankings but with more wins like the one he put up at UFC 206, he could be breaking in very soon. You may recognize OAM from TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia, where he would make the finals but lose a tough split decision to fellow finalist Chad Laprise. In his most recent fight, he showed much improved striking against veteran, Drew Dober, who has some serious Muay Thai skills.
Fighting in the prelims in front of his “home” Canadian crowd, OAM used some improved striking to keep Dober at bay using solid jabs and a few of straight lefts to bloody Dober early in the 1st round on his way to a convincing 10-9. Dober was never able to get into a groove as he constantly tried to press his Muay Thai skills on OAM, but was battered repeatedly and kept off guard by the lefts of the Canadian. It wasn’t all easy for OAM, though, as Dober came out in the 2nd round and landed a left, which dropped OAM. OAM later admitted to being knocked out for a couple of seconds and “waking up” as Dober was coming in on him after he hit the floor. Fortunately, OAM would recover quickly forcing a scramble by attacking the leg of Dober and eventually getting top position only for Dober to give up his back and the end, a rear-naked choke, was sunk in at the 2:57 mark of the 2nd round and OAM had his best win to date. While the ending wasn’t a surprise given it’s his specialty, the 1st round put the lightweight division on notice that OAM’s striking has improved tremendously and he’s more than a “one-trick pony”.
After the win, OAM called out fellow submission expert Andrew Holbrook, who had just beaten Jake Matthews on the UFC Fight Night 101 card two weeks earlier. “I’m really happy with the win,” Aubin-Mercier said. “I’m still at the point where I can improve. He was a really tough opponent, my toughest opponent so far, so I got a little emotional after the win. But I’m an emotional guy. I’d like to fight Andrew Holbrook next. He just beat Jake Matthews and I think it would be a good challenge right now.”
OAM is now back on a modest two fight win streak, but with his improved arsenal and his dominant performance against Dober, I expect to see a rise in competition level for him in his next fight, whether it be Holbrook or someone else.
Don’t forget to check out the site next week to see who I pick for Fighter of the Week next.