Gerald Meerschaert



Opponent switched for next fight
December 3, 2021
Meerschaert will now take on Dustin Stoltzfus in Las Vegas on Dec. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Both fighters saw their previously scheduled opponents withdraw for undisclosed reasons Friday. Meerschaert had been set to face Abusupiyan Magomedov, while Stoltzfus was previously paired against Caio Borralho.
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Matched against Magomedov
September 18, 2021
Meerschaert will face Abusupiyan Magomedov in Las Vegas on Dec. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Meerschaert is riding a two-fight winning streak, beating Bartosz Fabinski by first-round submission in April before submitted Makhmud Muradov in the second round in August. In Magomedov, he'll face an opponent who owns a two-fight winning streak of his own, though neither of those fights came under the UFC banner, as he's set to make his promotional debut.
Pulls massive upset in Vegas
August 28, 2021
Meerschaert defeated Makhmud Muradov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:49 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 30 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
There's no substitute for heart and experience, as both of those traits -- along with an elite ground game -- allowed Meerschaert to come through as the biggest underdog on the card at +410. It was hairy for "GM3" in the early going, as Muradov landed repeated power shots and appeared to have Meerschaert in all sorts of trouble, but the latter managed to survive before dragging his visibly-exhausted opponent to the mat early in Round 2, taking his back, and clamping on the rear-naked choke that ended the fight. The comeback effort will earn him one of four $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses awarded Saturday evening. The 33-year-old Meerschaert certainly isn't the best athlete in the middleweight division and the stopping power in his hands is limited, but the Roufusport product can tap out any man in the sport if given the opportunity, and Muradov opened himself up for that in this one.
Will fight Muradov
May 8, 2021
Meerschaert is expected to take on Makhmud Muradov in a UFC event scheduled for Aug. 28, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Meerschaert will enter this fight coming off a win over Bartosz Fabinski via submission. His six submission victories are now most in UFC middleweight history. He will have a tough task adding another tally to that list when he takes on Muradov, who sports a perfect UFC record.
Earns sixth UFC submission win
April 17, 2021
Meerschaert defeated Bartosz Fabinski via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:00 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Meerschaert's six submission victories are the most in UFC middleweight history. He now has 24 submission victories for his career. "GM3" entered with an ugly 2-5 mark in his past seven fights dating back to December 2018, but those defeats came against Khamzat Chimaev, Ian Heinisch, Eryk Anders, Kevin Holland and Jack Hermansson. Meerschaert has his difficulty on the feet at times and isn't going to win much if he can't get his opposition to the mat, but Meerschaert is willing to fight anyone at any time and is an ace in the submission game. Look for Meerschaert to return in the later stages of 2021. He'll also walk away with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
Booked for April fight
February 3, 2021
Meerschaert will take on Bartosz Fabinski in a middleweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for April 17, reports.
Meerschaert will attempt to bounce back in April after losing to Khamzat Chimaev via KO (punch) at 0:17 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in September. He'll take on Fabinski, who has lost two of his last three fights, most recently losing to Andre Muniz via submission (armbar) in September. Meerschaert has advantages in both height and reach.