In the electrifying world of Mixed Martial Arts, the tale of fighters reaching the crossroads of their careers is as gripping as the fights themselves. For Olivier Aubin-Mercier, the upcoming 2023 PFL Finale against Clay Collard isn’t just another fight; it’s a potential swan song, a contemplation of his fighting future.
The 34-year-old Canadian, already eyeing the conclusion of his PFL tournament journey, hints at the possibility that his clash with Collard might mark the final chapter of his storied fighting career. In an exclusive interview with MMA Fighting, Aubin-Mercier candidly admitted,
“It could even be my last fight.”
Despite the lure of potentially becoming a two-time PFL lightweight champion, the seasoned fighter acknowledges a growing weariness. He emphasizes the need for a hiatus, stating,
“I’m getting a little bit tired...I’m going to take a break, think about it, and see how I feel.”
Amidst the PFL's forthcoming plans for a pay-per-view "super fight" series in 2024, Aubin-Mercier's focus isn't fixated on grandeur. His heart yearns for a bout in his hometown of Montreal, aiming to elevate the sport's presence there. If that doesn’t materialize, he questions his relevance to Quebec's fight community and PFL.
His recent dominance, boasting nine consecutive victories and two world titles, paradoxically fuels his contemplation of retirement.
“Finish on a 10-fight winning streak, 25 fights, two world titles, it’s going to be great,” he muses, highlighting the allure of leaving at the pinnacle of success.
Aubin-Mercier's unwavering dedication to bringing PFL to Montreal is palpable. Still, after the impending bout, his primary goal is clear: an extended hiatus, allowing ample time for introspection and rejuvenation.
“A year could be a big difference in this sport,” he reflects, recognizing the unforgiving nature of MMA. His resolve to exit the sport at its zenith embodies a sense of closure and satisfaction.
For Olivier Aubin-Mercier, the impending showdown against Collard isn’t just about securing another victory; it's about embracing the uncertainty of what lies beyond—a decision that might define his legacy in the sport forever.