Why did UFC-Pittsburgh winner Olivier Aubin-Mercier ask for Charles Oliveira? Well, 'why not?'

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Olivier Aubin-Mercier has been doing well for himself inside the cage. But his call-out game might need a little work.

After snagging a third straight win with a split decision over Tony Martin  (12-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 116, Aubin-Mercier (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) asked, rather politely, for a meeting with Brazilian grappling expert Charles Oliveira. Backstage, “The Quebec Kid” elaborated on the request and explored some other options.

But, as Aubin-Mercier himself will admit, that isn’t the area of the MMA game in which he’s most comfortable.

“I’m not sure who I want,” Mercier said after the lightweight scrap. “I said Charles Oliveira. I knew it was kind of a crazy callout, but why not? Unfortunately, I don’t really watch a lot of UFC. So I don’t know a lot of people in my category. I know who they are, but I don’t know the names.

“I know the last guy who beat (Lando) Vannata. I think he’s a Sweden guy; it would be a good fight (David Teymur). There’s another judo guy in my category. I think it’s Nick (Hein), or something like this – I’m not sure about his name.”

The matchup with Oliveira isn’t exactly out of the realm of possibility, as the Brazilian, who most recently beat Will Brooks, remains unbooked. But, despite repeated failures make the 145-limit in the past, Oliveira has expressed his desire to return to featherweight. Teymur and Hein, both coming off wins, are also unbooked.

As for his other octagon request, to fight at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Aubin-Mercier says he’s still got some things to discuss before committing. But, having just returned from a nine-month layoff that dates back to a UFC 206 win over Drew Dober, he would like to get booked before year’s end.

“I just fought once this year,” Aubin-Mercier said. “(I) had a little bit of rust in there, so I would like to fight one more time. I would like to make a little bit more money, since I have my taxes to pay.”

Aubin-Mercier applies the same honesty to discussing Saturday’s encounter, which aired live on FS1 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Fact is, though the win was most certainly welcome, he would have preferred a clearer result.

“I would have liked it to be a little bit more one-sided,” Aubin-Mercier said.

As the four octagon opponents who he finished that way can confirm, Aubin-Mercier is usually the one chasing submissions in the cage. But, with Martin, he saw himself having to escape a few unfavorable situations in the third round.

While he was the clear loser of the final frame, Aubin-Mercier says he was not quite in danger of being finished. In fact, he was even chatting with his competition throughout.

“I’m like, ‘Come on, Tony. You can do it. Let’s do it,’” Aubin-Mercier said. “I knew it would have been hard for him. I’m from judo, so for I don’t know how many years I was just defending the back control.

“For me, it was easy to defend. Maybe I got a little bit cocky there. Cocky in a bad way, because I should have been on top in the third round.”

On the one hand, Aubin-Mercier thinks he made the fight harder than it needed to be. But, on the other, there’s something to be said for lessons learned.

“I did a mistake,” Aubin-Mercier said. “I tried to go maybe a little bit too much for the takedown, and I hurried a bit too much to get up and fight him on the feet. I did two big mistakes in that round and I paid for it. I mean, it’s a good experience.”

To hear from Aubin-Mercier, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Pittsburgh results: Olivier Aubin-Mercier starts quick, survives late Tony Martin rally

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Olivier Aubin-Mercier started quick and survived a late rally from Tony Martin en route to a split-decision victory.

The lightweight contest closed out the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

The two fighters were cautious to start, feeling each other out from range. Aubin-Mercier did well from the outside, though Martin also found some success when jumping in and out of range. Aubin-Mercier eventually pressed inside, and though Martin defended well to start, his opponent’s continued efforts did get the fight to the floor. Martin did crawl relatively quickly back to his feet, and the round ended there.

Aubin-Mercier pushed forward to start the second, missing an early takedown but pressing the action to the cage and successfully getting it to the floor shortly after. Martin was active from his back, looking for opportunities to escape, but Aubin-Mercier controlled the positioning through most of the frame.

The action started quickly in the third, and Martin latched on to the neck, looking first for a guillotine and then a potential D’Arce choke, but Aubin-Mercier pulled free. Still, Martin maintained a dominant position and eventually moved around to the back, where he tried to find a way to sink in a rear-naked choke. Aubin-Mercier defended that option well, but Martin peppered in punches in spots and stayed in position until the final bell.

With Rounds 2 and 3 clear, the result came down to a closer opening frame. In the end, two of the three judges leaned Aubin-Mercier, earning him a split-decision win.

Aubin-Mercier (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) now owns a three-fight winning streak. Martin (12-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) sees his own three-fight run snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 116 results include:

For more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier added to UFC Fight Night 116 in Steel City

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A lightweight bout is the latest addition to UFC Fight Night 116 in Steel City.

Officials today announced a fight between Tony Martin (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and fellow submission specialist Olivier Aubin-Mercier (9-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been determined.

Martin, a 27-year-old who turned pro in 2012, had a rough go early in his UFC career and lost three of his first four fights. However, he’s now riding a three-fight winning streak with a submission victory over Felipe Olivieri and decision wins over Alex White and Johnny Case. Eight of his 12 career wins have come via submission.

Aubin-Mercier, a 28-year-old Canadian fighter who fights for the first time in 2017, looks for his third straight victory. Following a decision loss to Diego Ferreira in early 2016, he’s rebounded with submission victories over Thibault Gouti and Drew Dober. Eight of nine career wins have come via submission since “The Ultimate Fighter Nations” runner-up turned pro in 2011.

With the addition, UFC Fight Night 116 now includes:

  • Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
  • Thiago Alves vs. Mike Perry
  • Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Justin Ledet vs. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy
  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
  • Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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