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Olivier Aubin-Mercier talks PFL playoff challenges: I already beat 'the most dangerous guys'

'The Canadian Gangster' already took out two former champions and now faces Alex Martinez at Friday's 2022 PFL Playoffs 1.

The 2022 PFL playoffs get underway on Friday, and lightweight contender Olivier Aubin-Mercier is quite confident in his chances at potentially securing a championship win and the $1 million bonus that comes along with it.

"The Canadian Gangster" has every reason to feel that momentum. After all, in his two regular season contests, Aubin-Mercier (15-5) took out a pair of former champions in Raush Manfio and Natan Schulte. Now, the 33-year-old Canadian is matched up with Alex Martinez (10-2) at Friday's 2022 PFL Playoffs 1 event which airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+ from the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

While Aubin-Mercier insists he's not looking past anyone in the playoff bracket, having already eliminated both Manfio and Schulte – and with slick striker Clay Collard also failing to qualify for the playoffs – he likes his chances to advance.

"I think I beat everybody – the most dangerous guys, anyway, I think I beat them," Aubin-Mercier told MMA Underground. "I think Collard was really, really dangerous. Alex Martinez beat him, so it's interesting, you know?

"I don't want to be that guy that, like, is a douche bag, but I do feel that I just beat the best two guys the division, so I think I should win the all the other fights."

Of course, Aubin-Mercier also recognizes that in the fight business, not everything is quite in his control. Injuries are a part of the game, and he'll have a pair of weight cuts to deal with, as well. How exactly his body reacts to the grind of four fights in a year remains to be seen, so winning fights isn't the only obstacle he'll face.

"Now I think the challenge will be different," Aubin-Mercier said. "I think the challenges won't be necessarily in front of me but more with everything that's going to go around the fight – the injuries, as well as the weight cut. Everything. I knew it was going to be really hard to do four fights in six months and maybe I was not ready for that."

To see the full interview with Aubin-Mercier, check out the video above.