June 19, 2023 3 min read


Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Anthony Romero PFL 6 Odds, Time, and Prediction

Olivier Aubin-Mercier is the reigning PFL Lightweight champion who’s 1-0 in the 2023 PFL season. He’s taking on his fellow Canadian Anthony Romero who’s fighting his first fight of the season this coming Friday. PFL 6 odds suggest we’re going to witness the champ win easily, and to see why (or why not) oddsmakers are right to think so, just keep reading this preview!

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Anthony Romero Odds

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*Odds taken from BetUS on Monday, June 19, 2023.

When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Date: Friday, June 23, 2023
  • Time: ~9:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN/ESPN+

Olivier Aubin-Mercier Might be The Very Best Lightweight in PFL

Olivier Aubin-Mercier is 18-5 in his professional career, which started back in 2011. He’s got 8 wins by submission, 8 by decision, and 2 by KO/TKO, while all of his five losses happened by decision. Speaking of his losses, all of them happened in the UFC, which is where he fought for over five years.

His UFC career ended in 2019 after three straight losses. It sounds bad, but the opponents he lost to are now killing it in the UFC – Alexander Hernandez, Gilbert Burns, and Arman Tsarukyan.

Almost two years after he fought in the UFC the last time, Aubin-Mercier made his PFL debut, beating Marcin Held by unanimous decision. From there, he went on to win another six PFL fights, winning the $1 million prize last year after beating Stevie Ray by KO in the final of the 2022 tournament. In 2023, he’s fought just one fight, defeating Shane Burgos by unanimous decision last April.

Anthony Romero’s Got a Bright Future Ahead of Him

The 26-year-old Canadian is 12-1 in his professional career, with most of his fights happening in local promotions around the United States and Canada – KOTC, Ohio Combat League, and so on. This year, he made his PFL debut. It was a part of the PGL Challenger Series 2023, in which we saw him beat Tony Caruso by a unanimous decision.

His proper PFL debut is happening this weekend, and oddsmakers think it’s not gonna go great for him. He just hasn’t shown enough so far to be considered a decent opponent to such an MMA legend as Olivier Aubin-Mercier.

His rival in the PFL 6 event is way better in all areas, but especially wrestling. Romero is primarily a kickboxer, while Aubin-Mercier excels in a variety of martial arts disciplines. 

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Anthony Romero PFL 6 Prediction

Nine of Olivier Aubin-Mercier’s last 10 fights lasted for a full number of rounds. The only one that didn’t was the PFL Final last year, in which we saw him beat his opponent by KO. This time, he doesn’t need to do that. Instead of risking aiming for another finish, he can force a slugfest and win by points.

Actually, that’s exactly what we expect to see on June 23. Aubin-Mercier will take down his opponent and keep him pinned to the ground for a long time. And then he just needs to do it long enough to win over the judges’ affection. This way, he’ll minimize the risk of getting hurt, which, at this point, is crucial for him if he wants to challenge for the $1 million prize once again.

Pick: Olivier Aubin-Mercier to win by decision


Jessie is our resident sports specialist with over 4 years of experience in sports journalism. She's worked with several prominent online sports news outlets in the past and has accrued specialist insight across a wide range of sports markets. Combined with her own love and excitement of sports, having competed at a national level during college, she aims to improve sports coverage value for our readers at GamblingNews.

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