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Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns announced for UFC 231

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Be forewarned, Toronto: A Canadian Gangster is coming to town.

“The Canadian Gangster” Olivier-Aubin Mercier will meet Gilbert Burns in a lightweight matchup at UFC 231 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Centre on Dec. 8, the UFC announced Thursday.

Aubin-Mercier (11-3), from Montreal’s Tristar Gym, is looking to shake off his first loss in more than two years. Aubin-Mercier dropped a decision to Alex Hernandez at UFC on FOX 30. Previously, Aubin-Mercier won four straight fights and seven of eight.

Burns (13-3), likewise, is looking to shake off his first setback in awhile. The 2011 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship gold medalist lost to Dan Hooker at UFC 226, which ended a two-fight win streak. Each of Burns’ past five victories have come by way of a finish.

This is the UFC’s second attempt to book OAM vs. Burns. The bout was originally slated for UFC on FOX 28, but doctors pulled Burns from the bout during fight week, claiming he was medically unfit to cut weight for the bout.

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