After his success at the 2023 PFL Championship, Olivier Aubin-Mercier revealed that he would take a one-year leave, which could become a permanent retirement. Although the fighter promised to keep the door open, he shared he’s no longer feeling the excitement.
Aubin-Mercier made a momentous performance at PFL’s recent event after beating Clay Collard. This gave him his second consecutive PFL lightweight championship. However, “The Canadian Gangster” confessed to missing the actual thrill of entering the cage.
During his interview after the fight, Aubin-Mercier expressed the intention to spend time with family, pushing him to decide to take a break. Nonetheless, in another statement to MMA Junkie, the Canadian divulged considering the move for good after losing the feeling of excitement about the fights.
“I don’t know what I’m feeling to tell you the truth,” Aubin-Mercier explained. “It’s so weird, the sensation. I felt that I don’t have it anymore. I don’t feel the butterflies anymore. It feels like it’s just a normal day for me. Look, I knew it was my last time, but it was a strange feeling to tell you the truth.
“I still have the drive, but I just don’t have the butterflies anymore,” Aubin-Mercier said. “I was there backstage, and it felt like it was a normal day like training. The fight was tough, I’m not going to lie, but even the joy at the end, I didn’t really feel it. Maybe it’s because I was emotional because it was my last time, I don’t know. It was a weird experience.”
The fighter then underscored the initial plan of just taking a one-year leave, giving fans hope that he’s not still fully retiring. However, while Aubin-Mercier said he’s still open to the possibility of fighting again, he reiterated that his last bout felt like his “last time.”