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Olivier Aubin-Mercier Bids Adieu to MMA After Consecutive PFL Triumphs



The MMA world reverberates with the retirement announcement of Olivier Aubin-Mercier, marking the end of a storied career brimming with triumphs and unyielding resilience.


Celebrations ensued as Aubin-Mercier clinched his second consecutive PFL title, yet amid the glory, the 34-year-old French Canadian unveiled his retirement plans. Initially contemplating a hiatus, his decision to walk away from the sport solidified after his triumphant victory over Clay Collard in the 2023 PFL Championship main event.


Expressing gratitude on Instagram, Aubin-Mercier honored PFL for their unwavering belief in him. His heartfelt message recounted the journey from a tenacious fighter in Quebec to a champion under the PFL banner. He extended an invitation to fellow Quebecois fighters, hoping they too would find similar support and opportunities in PFL, showcasing their resolute spirit.

Reflecting on his path, Aubin-Mercier expressed gratitude to everyone behind the scenes, acknowledging their pivotal role in his journey. With a touch of humor, he admitted to possible antics during fight weeks, thanking them for the camaraderie. He bid adieu to the sport, eagerly anticipating the next chapter in life's journey.

Aubin-Mercier’s ascent began with an impressive 4-0 career start, followed by his stint on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations, where he showcased his skill but narrowly missed victory in the finals. Subsequently joining the UFC roster, he amassed a 7-4 record, showcasing his mettle against tough opponents like Drew Dober and Evan Dunham.

Despite a departure from the UFC after consecutive losses, Aubin-Mercier found new heights in the PFL, where he remained undefeated in 10 fights. His stellar performances culminated in two championship wins, each rewarded with a $1 million prize. Notable victories over esteemed fighters such as Shane Burgos, Raush Manfio, and Natan Schulte adorned his flawless PFL journey.


The decision to retire lingered after his recent victory over Collard. Aubin-Mercier's final record stands at an impressive 21-5, a testament to his skill, dedication, and indomitable spirit.

As Olivier Aubin-Mercier hangs up his gloves, his legacy remains etched in the annals of MMA—a fighter who epitomized resilience, seizing opportunities, and leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

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