By: Bryce DavisThree More Rounds: Bryce's post fight thoughts. 1 OAM is Ready for Better
Olivier Aubin-Mercier, the Canadian prospect fighting out of Tristar gym, showed just how good of a grappler he is. His opponent, Thibault Gouti, was no stranger to the ground game, compiling 6 submission wins, but to no avail. He blocked 5 of OAM's 8 takedown attempts, but when he was taken down, Aubin-Mercier made it count. Olivier also showed growth in his stand up game, landing 77% of his strikes and landing more than Gouti. This was without a doubt one of Aubin-Mercier's best performances and proved he is ready to fight a top 15 lightweight. 2. Bosse and "The Real OC" Go to War!
The fight of the night came from the Candian Bosse and the Ute O'Connell. With both landing over 115 strikes, there is no doubt the two have amazing chins. Constantly exchanging bombs, Bosse ended up winning the decision, but O'Connell has nothing to hang his head about, as the fight is one no one is will soon forget. His only error in this fight was when he failed to finish Bosse in the first and expended far too much energy, costing him in the later rounds. For Bosse, he showed he can hang and bang for three rounds without dying, and he is now on a two fight win streak, so he may see himself rising in the competitive light heavyweight division. 3. "Wonderboy" is the Truth!
In the main event, top welterweight contenders Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson clashed in what was most likely a number one contender fight. In it, Thompson seemed to outclass his world class opponent, plain and simple. MacDonald seemed to be uncomfortable against "Wonderboy," never really finding his rhythm. Rory, being only 26, will no doubt come back from this defeat and return to the octagon stronger than before. Thompson, on the other hand, has caught fire. He deserves the next title shot after Lawler faces Woodley at UFC 201 in late July. He is on a 7 fight win streak, defeating great grapplers, like Hendricks, as well as strikers, like Robert Whittaker. This resume he has built in the last 3 years is undeniably enough for a title shot now. I hope to see Thompson square off with Robbie Lawler this fall.