UFC 231’s Gilbert Burns Believes He’ll Finish Olivier Aubin-Mercier (Exclusive)


UFC 231’s Gilbert Burns Believes He’ll Finish Olivier Aubin-Mercier (Unique)

Gilbert Burns would be the first to confess he was very disenchanted after being pulled from his battle towards Olivier Aubin-Mercier in February. “Durinho” was deemed too heavy to make a weight reduce by the fee and he was compelled to withdraw from his matchup towards Mercier at UFC on FOX 26.

Nonetheless the celebs aligned and the pair have been rebooked for UFC 231 on Dec. eight, with each Mercier and Burns coming off losses heading into the rescheduled bout. Burns is coming off the primary knockout lack of his profession to Dan Hooker at UFC 226 in July. The 32-year previous isn’t making any excuses concerning the setback and believes it was an important studying expertise.

“I don’t believe I just got caught.” Burns defined. “I was very confident for that fight. I had the strategy was to take him down. His background is in kickboxing. Right before I got caught. When I connected on my overhand right and he felt the punch a little bit. And I just throw a little quick one but heavy. But when I did that I exposed myself. I watched the tape like over 100 times, he just did a quick right hand. He didn’t put a lot of power, but I did, I put in a lot of my weight. I punch his head with my face to be honest. I learned about me, my emotions, and my ego. I learned so much [from that fight].”

Burns (13-Three) will look to keep away from back-to-back losses for the primary time in his profession when he faces Mercier in his residence nation of Canada. Having already ready for the Tristar product earlier this 12 months, Burns seems like he has a bonus heading to the battle. The 32-year-old revealed that he persistently retains each day notes from his coaching camp which he has referred to in preparation for this battle.

“What makes me more aware of the [fight], I do a lot of daily notes from that camp. I think the fight was cancelled on the Tuesday night. During the camp I have all my notes, all my sparring’s. I’m making all the changes possible. Each camp I’ve been getting smarter [from my preparation] I have all my notes [including] how I felt that day, how was the training etc. Having that is an extra thing that will help me in my preparation.”

Aubin-Mercier (11-Three) is coming off a unanimous choice loss to Alex Hernandez at UFC on FOX 30 which snapped his four-fight win streak. The 29-year-old has by no means suffered two-straight losses and goals to complete the 12 months off with a 2-1 document. Aubin-Mercier has by no means been completed in his 14-fight profession and that’s a problem Burns is keen to embrace.

“I don’t like boring fights. I don’t care if he’s never been finished, I’m looking for the finish. I’m going to put pressure on him. I want to be the first guy to finish him.”

UFC 231 takes place December eighth at Scotiabank Enviornment in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The cardboard is headlined by Max Holloway defending his featherweight title towards Brian Ortega.

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