Gerald Meerschaert
GM3

USA

Drops very close split decision
MiddleweightUFC
October 12, 2019
Meerschaert lost to Eryk Anders via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
Meerschaert was visibly dejected when the judge's decision was announced and he has a legitimate beef. While it was a very close fight that could have gone either way, "GM3" came on strong over the course of the final ten minutes of the bout after struggling in Round 1. He might have deserved a better fate, but when a fight is as close as this one was, it's difficult to get too worked up about the decision either way. Meerschaert is 1-3 in his last three fights dating back to December of last year, but one of those losses came against rising star Jack Hermansson and the other two came via split decision. The 31-year-old deserves another opportunity with the company.
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Slated for UFC Tampa
MiddleweightUFC
August 20, 2019
Meerschaert will square off against Eryk Anders in a middleweight bout at UFC Eryk Anders at UFC Tampa on Oct. 12, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Meerschaert and Anders possess contrasting fight styles, with Meershaert relying more on the ground game and Anders looking to land a knockout blow. Meerschaert will aim to use his two-inch reach advantage to keep his opponent at bay until he's ready to look for a takedown attempt that will hopefully land him a submission, but if the fight stays standing for any extended period of time, Anders should have the edge. Considering Anders hasn't been taken down in his last three fights and sports a 75 percent takedown defense, look for Meershaert to enter as one of the card's larger betting underdogs.
Earns nice submission win in Jersey
MiddleweightUFC
August 3, 2019
Meerschaert defeated Trevin Giles via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 1:49 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN 5 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
ANALYSIS
A highly decorated mat specialist, Meerschaert once again leaned on his biggest strength to snap a two-fight losing streak. Gerald looks awkward and uncomfortable in prolonged striking exchanges, but thankfully for the 31-year-old, this fight was spent almost entirely on the ground. The guillotine that ended the fight was perfectly applied. Meerschaert has quietly amassed a 5-3 record during his two-plus years in the UFC, and two of the three setbacks came against recent title challenger Thiago Santos and rising star Jack Hermansson. Meerschaert's ceiling is awfully limited, but he makes for useful and intriguing roster depth.
Headed to Newark
MiddleweightUFC
June 27, 2019
Meerschaert will take on Trevin Giles in a middleweight matchup at UFC Newark on Aug. 3, ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Meerschaert began his run in the UFC with four wins in five chances, but has recently been the loser of back-to-back fights, including an effort in which he was dominated by Jack Hermansson in his hometown. Looking to right the ship, the UFC will give him an opponent with just three UFC fights, who happens to be coming off a loss as well. Meerschaert will enter with height and reach advantages, in addition to a major edge in takedown averages. Giles has defended takedowns at a respectable rate of 75 percent to date, and owns far superior striking marks over a small sample size.
Losing streak hits two with loss to Kevin Holland
MiddleweightUFC
March 30, 2019
Meerschaert lost to Kevin Holland via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 27-30) at UFC on ESPN 2 on Saturday in Philadelphia.
ANALYSIS
You could watch every UFC event for the next 20 years and you might not see a fight as sloppy as this one. Both men were seemingly out of gas after about a minute and neither was able to secure the stoppage despite numerous opportunities. Meerschaert connected on 6-of-11 takedown attempts and was somehow still credited with just 44 total strikes landed. His inactivity while in a positional advantage probably cost him the bout. Now sporting a two-fight losing streak, the Roufusport product will probably be fighting for his job his next time out.
Facing Kevin Holland in Philly
MiddleweightUFC
March 13, 2019
Gerald Meerschaert (29-10-0) is scheduled to face Kevin Holland (14-4-0) in a middleweight fight March 30 at UFC Philadelphia, Matt Mullin of PhillyVoice.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Meerschaert will carry a big edge in experience into the match, but Holland, a Philadelphia native, should have the crowd on his side. The 31-year-old owns a 4-2 record in the UFC and will look to rebound from his Dec. 15 loss to Jack Hermansson via first-round submission at UFC Milwaukee.