Olivier Aubin-Mercier Tells You How To Avoid a Nasty Wine Hangover

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“The Canadian Gangster” Olivier Aubin-Mercier returns to the Pull No Punches podcast ahead of his bout against Alexander Hernandez in Calgary at UFC on Fox 30.

UFC lightweight fighter Olivier Aubin-Mercier gives his “gangster” tips on drinking wine, ahead of UFC on Fox: Calgary.


The rising lightweight contender and the hosts share their worst training experiences with boneheaded sparring partners and OAM shares the secret to skipping a wine hangover.

Pull No Punches Podcast Ep. 44

The following quotes have been condensed for clarity and concision. 

When asked if there is a difference between wine, beer and hard liquor “drunks,” Aubin-Mercier reveals his girlfriend is a wine sommelier and confirms his status as a “wine and cheese guy.”

He then shares his secret to how wine drinkers can avoid waking up with a head-banging hangover. “I’m drinking almost all my wine organic now. They don’t add all those additives,” said OAM. “And I found out if you drink a cheap wine, your hangover is going to be 10 times worse. When you start drinking natural wine, you cannot go back. It’s funkier, it’s really different, but for me, it’s the best wine.”

Drawing inspiration from the blood feud between UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and former Team Alpha Male squadmate Cody Garbrandt, OAM and the hosts dish on their worst experiences with training partners.

“I have to say the worst training partner at Tristar is Alex Garcia,” OAM laughs. Johnson chimes in, “One hundred billion percent! Guaranteed. The worst!”

“We were doing back take situations and the freaking guy was choking me on the eye,” Aubin-Mercier recalls. “He was doing the rear-naked choke on my eye.”

Johnson also shares stories from his intense sparring sessions with MMA legend Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons that almost turned into street fights.

Aubin-Mercier goes toe-to-toe with fellow rising contender Hernandez on Saturday, July 28 at UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs Poirier 2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Podcast host Johnson takes on Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s training partner Islam Makhachev.

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Shakiel Mahjouri is a full-time regular online writer for Entertainment Tonight Canada and an obsessed MMA snob. He co-hosts "The Pull No Punches" Podcast with UFC fighter Kajan Johnson and has interviews under his belt with fighters like Rory MacDonald and Carla Esparza, and entertainers such as Christopher Lloyd, Alan Thicke, Chad Coleman and John Barrowman.

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