Olivier Aubin-Mercier KO's Stevie Ray to claim lightweight title at PFL 10

PFL 10: Championships at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (Cooper Neill / PFL)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier KO’s Stevie Ray to claim lightweight title at PFL 10

The Professional Fighters League returns to us tonight, November 25, 2022, for PFL 10: The Richest Night in Mixed Martial Arts.

Headlining the event is a women’s lightweight championship trilogy showcasing two-time PFL champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison (15-0), who faced Laressa Pacheco (18-4) in the main event of the evening.

Co-headlining is a featherweight championship bout between Brendan Loughnane (25-4) and Bubba Jenkins (19-5).

UFC veterans Stevie Ray (25-10) and Olivier Aubin-Mercier (16-5) also met tonight in a PFL lightweight championship bout. Ray had gone 2-1 thus far into PFL’s 2022 season, both victories coming over former WEC & UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, while Mercier had gone 3-0 thus far into the year.

Continue reading to see how this lightweight title bout went down:

Official Result: Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Stevie Ray via KO (punch) at 4:40 of round two

Mercier appears to be two steps ahead of Ray throughout the entire first five minutes, as he picks him apart with calf kicks, dropping Ray with them a number of times in the first round.

Ray comes out with a vengeance in the second and secures a takedown, immediately taking Mercier’s back in the process. Mercier is eventually able to work his way up a couple minutes later, and he immediately goes back to the calf kick.

Ray is coming into him in attempt to land a heavy shot and Mercier catches him with a vicious right hook to secure the KO victory, becoming the second UFC veteran to claim a world championship tonight at PFL 10.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier remains undefeated inside the PFL cage, improving his promotional record to 6-0, this being his first finish since TKO’ing Evan Dunham in April of 2018, the only other knockout victory of his career.

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