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UFC Fight Night 89 fight card: Olivier Aubin Mercier vs Thibault Gouti full fight preview

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Olivier Aubin Mercier and Thibault Goti will duel this Saturday (June 18, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 89 inside TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada. In a match up of Lightweight up-and-comers, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight prospects Olivier Aubin Mercier and Thibault Gouti will battle this Saturday (June 18, 2016) at TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada.

Mercier is something of a fighter to watch at Lightweight. An athletic grappler out of one of the best camps in the world, Tristar, Mercier has already built up a 3-1 record at 155 pounds.

Meanwhile, Gouti’s short-notice Octagon debut didn’t exactly go as planned. Submitted in less than 30 seconds, the French fighter is looking for a more positive showing this time around.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both men:

Olivier Aubin Mercier
Record: 7-2
Key Wins: Tony Sims (UFC Fight Night 74), David Michaud (UFC 186)
Key Losses: Carlos Diego Ferrera (UFC on FOX 18), Chad Laprise (TUF Nations Finale)
Keys to Victory: Olivier is a dominant grappler with a deep Judo background. Though his striking has already come a long way, Olivier still relies pretty heavily on the strategy of taking his opponent down, finding the back mount and squeezing the life out of his opponent.

That should be a sound strategy opposite Gouti.

Though a majority of Gouti’s finishes come via submission, he really fights like more of a boxer than anything else. Plus, most of his grappling success came against fighters on the regional scene in France, and the vast majority of those fighters cannot match up to “The Quebec Kid.”

Stylistically, this should be something of a layup for Mercier. He’s the superior grappler and has been a difficult fighter to finish on the feet, meaning his chances ….View full article

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