Olivier Aubin-Mercier is riding a three-fight win streak and was scheduled to fight Gilbert Burns at UFC On Fox 28, but health complications pulled Burns from the card leaving “The Quebec Kid” without an opponent. Mercier will soon get his fight though due to complications regarding a visa has pulled Mairbek Taisumov off the UFC 223 event leaving the door open for the Canadian.
The judo black belt has impressed all since making his debut in mixed martial arts greatest prooving ground back in 2014. The Canadian’s ability to close the distance and get his opponent to the ground has proved key in his career. And, with his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu abilities mean that no opponent is safe on the canvass against Mercier’s python slick submission game. I’m fairly certain he could tap out a crocodile as eight of his 10 career wins have come by way of submission. I was eager to reach out to the 29-year-old and get to know the rear naked choke specialist a little better.
Interview conducted by Ryan Cambridge of MMAMotion.
What got you into MMA and what is your first MMA Memory?
OAM: I got into MMA when I saw GSP win the UFC belt. I was doing judo at that time and I started following the UFC and Pride. 3-4 years later I started training MMA. My first MMA Memory would be after my first amateur fight when my judo coach, Faycal Bousbiat, and my dad came to congratulate me. I got really emotional.
What sets you apart from the rest of the fighters on the UFC roster?
OAM: My amazing personality.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
OAM: I got in judo because of Nicolas Gill and I got in MMA because of GSP. But my first judo coach, Faycal Bousbiat, was a big inspiration.
If you could pick one dream fight, who would be your opponent?
OAM: Khabib … not right now
Can you confirm if the fight between you and Evan Dunham has been booked?
OAM: It is
What do you want to be remembered for when you decide to hang up your gloves?
OAM: My amazing moustache. ( I truly don’t know )
Thank you for taking the time to speak to me, best of luck at UFC 223
It’s clear that confidence is not an issue for the Canadian. With his inspirations and fighting spirit, I am sure that one day he will get his wish and the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov will take place inside the octagon. I cannot wait to see Mercier lay down the law again inside the octagon at UFC 223 in New York.