Gerald Meerschaert
GM3

USA

Out
Injury Illness
Est. Return 8/29/2020
Tests positive for Covid-19, fight canceled
MiddleweightUFC
Out
August 1, 2020
Meerschaert was forced to withdraw from his fight against Ed Herman at UFC APEX in Las Vegas after testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, Phil Murphy of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
In an unfortunate turn of events, Meerschaert reveals he tested positive for the Coronavirus the just hours before he was scheduled to fight Herman and was forced to withdraw from the bout. It is unclear if these two will have a chance to meet in the future but for now, Meerschaert will have to quarantine himself until he can produce at least one negative test. The card for Saturday night will go on as planned with nine fights instead of 10.
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Moving to 205 for Saturday bout
MiddleweightUFC
Out
July 28, 2020
Meerschaert will move up to light heavyweight to face Ed Herman at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Aug. 1, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Meershaert was knocked out at the hands of Ian Heinisch in a middleweight bout back on June 6, but he'll see a relatively quick turnaround when moving up in weight class for his upcoming matchup. Herman, hasn't competed since last November, but is riding a two-fight winning streak. Despite Meershaert fighting at a higher weight class, both men stand at 6-1 with a 77-inch reach. On paper, this projects to be a relatively close matchup, with both fighters sporting similar numbers in terms of striking volume and takedown average. Nonetheless, Meershaert is pegged as a betting favorite of approximately (-190) entering fight week.
Knocked out for first time
MiddleweightUFC
Out
June 6, 2020
Meerschaert lost to Ian Heinisch via TKO (punches) at 1:14 of Round 1 at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Meerschaert's inconsistent ways continue. Fresh off an impressive submission win over Deron Winn in March, Meerschaert got clipped with a sweeping right hook from Heinisch and was done shortly there after. He was forced to absorb several unnecessary shots before referee Chris Tognoni finally decided he had seen enough. Having alternated wins and losses in his past five fights and sporting a 6-5 record in 11 UFC bouts, the 32-year-old Meerschaert is the very definition of roster depth.
First opponent back on UFC 250 card
MiddleweightUFC
Out
June 4, 2020
Meerschaert will fight Ian Heinisch in a middleweight matchup at UFC 250 on June 6, as initially scheduled, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Meerschaert was briefly set to face a replacement opponent in the form of Anthony Ivy, after Heinisch was forced to withdraw from Saturday's event due to precautionary concerns relating to COVID-19. Further tests have reportedly cleared Heinisch and his team, however, allowing him to rejoin the UFC 250 card. Now back to square one, Meerschaert will look to take advantage of his superior height and wrestling skills against Heinisch, who to his credit is the more accomplished striker.
Replacement opponent found
MiddleweightUFC
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June 4, 2020
Meerschaert will now be taking on Anthony Ivy at UFC 250, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ivy will be making his UFC debut on just 48 hours notice after it was announced that his original opponent, Ian Heinisch, was forced off the card for unknown reasons. Meerschaert will enter the fight on a five-fight win streak, while Ivy boasts an 8-2 record in his MMA career thus far.
Seeking new opponent for UFC 250
MiddleweightUFC
Out
June 4, 2020
Meerschaert needs opponent for Saturday's UFC 250 after Ian Heinisch was forced out of the middleweight bout Thursday for an undisclosed reason, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Meerschaert is expected to find an opponent for the bout that would allow him to remain on the card, and he would seemingly be at an advantage given that his opponent would be added on short notice.