Gerald Meerschaert
GM3

USA

Will fight Muradov
MiddleweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Meerschaert is expected to take on Makhmud Muradov in a UFC event scheduled for Aug. 28, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Earns sixth UFC submission win
MiddleweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
MiddleweightUFC
February 3, 2021
Meerschaert will take on Bartosz Fabinski in a middleweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for April 17, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Blasted by Khamzat Chimaev
MiddleweightUFC
September 19, 2020
Meerschaert lost to Khamzat Chimaev via KO (punch) at 0:17 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Meerschaert has been a professional for nearly 17 years and has well over 40 professional fights under his belt, but he was no match for the UFC's newest star. Meerschaert was backing up moments after the opening bell rang, and one shot from Chimaev later, he was done. Meerschaert fights often and makes for extremely valuable roster depth given how many events the UFC holds these days, but he simply isn't able to compete with top-tier guys such as Chimaev. It's quite possible no fighter may be able to compete with him.
Draws top prospect
MiddleweightUFC
September 7, 2020
Meerschaert (illness) is expected to take on Khamzat Chimaev in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Sept. 19, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Meerschaert has been through the gauntlet since getting finished by Ian Heinisch in June, losing a proposed matchup against Ed Herman multiple times due to a positive COVID-19 test. He now appears healthy enough to make it through the UFC's protocol, but will be put to the test against an undefeated prospect who has already collected two stoppages in the UFC. Chimaev has excelled by getting opponents to the mat and maintaining a dominant position, and while Meerschaert has a poor 46 percent takedown defense, he's still more than capable of holding his own when the fight gets to the ground. That being said, the Chimaev hype will presumably lead to Meerschaert entering this proposed matchup as a betting underdog.
Forced out again
MiddleweightUFC
August 20, 2020
Meerschaert will no longer face Ed Herman at the event scheduled for Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Coming off a TKO loss to Ian Heinisch in June, Meerschart has had a rough go of things lately. He was set to face Herman at an event scheduled for Aug. 1, but ultimately had to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. The matchup was rescheduled for Sept. 12, but this time the reason for Meerschaert's withdrawal is uncertain. Herman will still move forward with that date, as he'll face John Allen instead.