Gerald Meerschaert

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Gerald Meerschaert
Born (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 31)
Racine, Wisconsin, United States[1]
Other namesGM3[2]
The Machine[3]
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Middleweight
Welterweight
Reach77 12 in (197 cm)
Fighting out ofMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
TeamRoufusport
Agallar Combative Systems
Teacher(s)Duke Roufus
RankBlack belt in Roufusport Kickboxing[2]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total39
Wins28
By knockout6
By submission20
By decision2
Losses11
By knockout1
By submission8
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Gerald Meerschaert (born December 18, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist and competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2007, he has formerly competed for the Resurrection Fighting Alliance, Titan FC, and King of the Cage. He is the former RFA Middleweight Champion.

Background[edit]

Meerschaert was born in Racine, Wisconsin, United States. He trained in Taekwondo when he was young. He plays alto saxophone and studied music education in college, hoping to become a music teacher, before deciding to make MMA his career after watching some local MMA and UFC fights on TV.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Meerschaert fought most of his fights in his native state of Wisconsin from 2007 to 2011 and started travelling to nearby states to compete after 2012. He is an active fighter with a record of 24-8-0 prior to joining UFC.[3]

Meerschaert began his professional MMA career in March 2007, fighting at Freestyle Combat Challenge 26 on March 10 after training for just one month in MMA.[5] He lost his first fight to Jay Ellis via a technical submission [6] Two months after his first loss, he bounced back to snap a win via submission (kimura - reversed double wristlock).[7] His third MMA fight came one week later on May 19, 2007 against Will Pace. He won the fight via a rear-naked choke on round one.[8]

On January 12, 2008, Meerschaert faced Kenneth Allen and picked up the win by locking up a triangle choke on round one.[9] Five weeks later, Meerschaert stepped in the cage and competed against Caleb Krull and won by unanimous decision with judges scored all three rounds (29-28, 29-28, 29-27).[10] Without taking a break, Meerschaert was back to the cage again four weeks, and this time his challenger was Alex Carter. On the second round Meerschaert managed to set up a triangle choke and submitted Carter.[11] His last fight in Freestyle Combat was on May 3, 2008, where Meerschaert picked up a win over Ryan Scheeper through an amrbar submission.[12]

Meerschaert made a move and joined Madtown Throwdown promotion on July 25, 2008. His first promotion debut facing Mike Vaughn. Without much time wasted, Meerschaert managed to climb on Vaughn's back and pulled off a rear-naked choke and won the fight.[13] Next, Meerschaert face Curtis Bailey. The fight was held in Madison, Wisconsin on Madtown Throwdown 17. The fight was a five rounds fight and Meerschaert suffered the lost on this fight via guillotine choke on round two.[14]

After a busy year in 2009, Meerschaert did not set foot on the cage to compete until May 2, 2009. He fought Kenny Robertson on Madtown Throwdown 19 and lost via a kneebar submission on round one.[15]

He started of by fighting on Gladiators Cage Fighting: Fair Warning on August 15, 2009 i His opponent was Jacob Kuester and Meerschaert managed to over power Kuester and submitted him via a neck crank.[16] On the next fight, Meerschaert face off Morrison Lamb on Racine Fight Night 5 on November 28, 2009 in his hometown, Racine, Wisconsin. It was a short fight where Meerschaert submitted Lamb via a guillotine choke on round one.[17]

Meershaert faced Eddie Larrea at Extreme Cagefigting Organisation 4 on March 20, 2010. Meershaert secured the win via a arm-triangle choke.[18] April 17, 2010, Meershaert fought in Combat USA 19. Meershaert puched his way trhought and KO Jim Klimczyk and snatched the win.[19]

His last competition in 2010 was on September 11. He took on Sam Alvey, with record of 11-1-0, ranking number 1 in Wisconsin in the middleweight division. They competed on Combat USA: Championship Tournament Finals for a five-round title middleweight fight. On the earlyy rounds, Meershaert attempted multiple takedowns but Alvey managed to stop the most of them; however, Meershaerf managed to put Alvey on a guillotine choke on round 5 and secured the win to reign Wisconsin State middleweight 2010 champion.[20]

With the record of 14-4-0, Meershaert started off his 2011 competition on January 6, facing Dallas O'Malley on Combat USA 24. He won the fight via guillotine choke on round two.[21]

The next fight came 3 months later where Meershaert took on Herbert Goodman, the former Green Bay Packers football player, defending his Wisconsin Middleweight title on Combat USA: Wisconsin State Finals. Meersheart lost the fight via rear-naked choke on round one when he was takendown by Goodman after failing to hit Goodman with his left overhand, giving his back to Goodman where Goodman managed to sink a rear-naked choke.[22]

Six months later, Meershaert went on to join Rogue Warrior Championship 3 competition on the welterweight fight on September 6, 2011. He faced Eddie Larrea and won the fight via rear-naked choke on round one.[23]

Meershaert did not return to the cage after he lost to Goodman until about one of the half year later when he went on to join Rogue Warrior Championship 3 competition on the welterweight fight on September 6, 2011. He faced Eddie Larrea and won the fight via rear-naked choke on round one. The second and also the last fight Meershaert take on for 2012 was on October 19. He was up against Sergej Juskevic at Score Fighting Series. He lost the fight on round two via kneebar submission.[24]

On January 19, 2013 he took on Anthony Lapsley on a catchweight bout (175 Ib) on Rocktagon MMA Elite Series 23. He lost the fight on round one via rear-naked choke.[25] He next faced Jay Ellis on King of the Cage: Certified on April 20, 2013 a catchweight bout (180 Ib). He bounced back from the last two defeat and captured the win with TKO (punches) in round one.[26] Meershaert went to Duluth, Georgia to compete on National Fighting Championships 58 on July 19, 2013. The fight was a 180 Ib catchweight bout. The judges awarded him with the win after three battle against George Lockhart.[3] On September 13, 2013, Meershaert fought with Nathan Gunn in another catchweight fight. He managed to submit Gunn on round two with a guillotine choke on Canadian Fighting Championship 8 event.[3][27]

Meerschaert moved up to Middleweight (185 Ibs) in 2014 and competed in North American Fighting Championship in two fights. First he faced Eddie Larrea which he secured a win via arm triangle choke[28] and moved on to fight Sam Alvey on their second meet up and this time he lost by unanimous decision on judges score cards.[3] His last fight in 2014 was in September where he fought in KOTC: Magnum Force against Matt Lagou. He came out with a win via a TKO (doctor stoppage).[29]

Meerschaert aced Keith Smetana at 4BC: Capital City Punishment in June 2015 . He won a quick win via TKO in round one. His next and last fight in 2015 came one month later and won via another TKO (doctor stoppage) against Lucas Rota.

Meerschaert started his first fight in 2016 by moving up to Light Heavyweight division (205 Ibs). He fought at Valor Fight 36 and his opponent was Sidney Wheeler. He threatened Wheeler with a kimura and forced him to tap out on round one.[30] His last fight before joining UFC was on October 2016, facing Chase Waldon in Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) in Middlegweight bout. He earned the victory via submission (arm-triangle choke) on round one, earning him the RFA middleweight title.[31]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After 10 years of MMA career with 32 fights, Meerschaert was signed by UFC. He made his promotional debut on December 9, 2016 on UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov, replacing injured Olwale Bamgbose and facing Joe Gigliotti.[32] Meerschaert finished Gigliotti with an anaconda choke in round one. His performance earned him a Performance of the Night bonus award.[33][34]

Meerschaert second UFC fight was on February 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne against Ryan Janes. He won the fight via submission in the first round.[35][36]

Meerschaert faced Thiago Santos on July 8, 2017 at UFC 213.[37] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[38]

Meerschaert fought Eric Spicely on December 1, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale.[39] He won the bout via TKO in the second round.[40] This win earned him Performance of the Night bonus.[41]

Meerschaert faced Oskar Piechota on July 6, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.[42] He won the fight by technical submission due to a rear-naked choke in the second round.[43]

Meerschaert faced Jack Hermansson on December 15, 2018 at UFC on Fox 31.[44] He lost the fight via a guillotine choke submission in the first round.[45]

Meerschaert faced Kevin Holland on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2.[46] He lost the fight via split decision.[47]

Personal life[edit]

The moniker "The Machine" was coined by his friends after seeing him constantly pushing himself in the gym without really taking any breaks.[48]

Meerschaert is an alto saxophone player.[4]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 28–11 Kevin Holland Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje March 30, 2019 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 28–10 Jack Hermansson Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 December 15, 2018 1 4:25 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 28–9 Oskar Piechota Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale July 6, 2018 2 4:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 27–9 Eric Spicely TKO (body kick) The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale December 1, 2017 2 2:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 26–9 Thiago Santos TKO (punches) UFC 213 July 8, 2017 2 2:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 26–8 Ryan Janes Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne February 19, 2017 1 1:34 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 25–8 Joe Gigliotti Submission (anaconda choke) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov December 9, 2016 1 4:12 Albany, New York, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 24–8 Chase Waldon Submission (arm-triangle choke) Resurrection Fighting Alliance October 26, 2016 1 1:44 Prior Lake, Minnesota, United States Won the RFA Middleweight Championship.
Win 23–8 Sidney Wheeler Submission (kimura) Valor Fights 36 August 13, 2016 1 1:22 Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 22–8 Lucas Rota TKO (doctor stoppage) Titan FC 34 July 18, 2015 3 0:50 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 21–8 Keith Smetana TKO (punches) 4BC: Capital City Punishment June 27, 2015 1 1:51 Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
Win 20–8 Matt Lagou Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC: Magnum Force September 27, 2014 1 1:26 Carlton, Minnesota, United States
Loss 19–8 Sam Alvey Decision (unanimous) North American Fighting Championship May 31, 2014 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 19–7 Eddie Larrea Submission (arm-triangle choke) North American Fighting Championship: Super Brawl 2 January 31, 2014 2 1:05 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 18–7 Nathan Gunn Submission (guillotine choke) Canadian Fighting Championship 8 September 13, 2013 2 2:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Catchweight (180 lbs) bout.
Win 17–7 George Lockhart Decision (unanimous) National Fighting Championship 58 July 19, 2013 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States Catchweight (180 lbs) bout.
Win 16–7 Jay Ellis TKO (punches) KOTC: Certified April 20, 2013 1 1:03 Keshena, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 15–7 Anthony Lapsley Submission (rear-naked choke) Rocktagon MMA Elite Series 23 January 19, 2013 1 1:15 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.
Loss 15–6 Sergej Juskevic Submission (kneebar) Score Fighting Series 6 October 19, 2012 1 4:32 Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Win 15–5 Eddie Larrea Submission (rear-naked choke) Rogue Warrior Championships 3 September 6, 2012 1 3:35 Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 14–5 Herbert Goodman Submission (rear-naked choke) Combat USA: Wisconsin State Finals April 22, 2011 1 1:28 Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Win 14–4 Dallas O'Malley Submission (guillotine choke) Combat USA 24 January 6, 2011 2 0:38 Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Win 13–4 Sam Alvey Submission (guillotine choke) Combat USA: Championship Tournament Finals September 11, 2010 5 4:08 Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Win 12–4 Ron Faircloth Submission (rear-naked choke) Madtown Throwdown Worlds Collide July 10, 2010 2 3:34 Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Win 11–4 Jim Klimczyk TKO (punches) Combat USA - 19 April 17, 2010 1 2:56 Wausau, Wisconsin, United States
Win 10–4 Eddie Larrea Submission (arm-triangle choke) Extreme Cagefighting Organisation 4 March 20, 2010 2 0:52 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States
Win 9–4 Morrison Lamb Submission (guillotine choke) Racine Fight Night 5 November 28, 2009 1 1:02 Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Win 8–4 Jacob Kuester Submission (neck crank) Gladiators Cage Fighting: Fair Warning August 15, 2009 1 1:14 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 7–4 Kenny Robertson Submission (kneebar) Madtown Throwdown 19 May 2, 2009 1 3:15 Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 7–3 Curtis Bailey Submission (guillotine choke) Madtown Throwdown 17 October 10, 2008 1 1:19 Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Win 7–2 Mike Vaughn Submission (rear-naked choke) Madtown Throwdown 16 July 25, 2008 2 N/A Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Win 6–2 Ryan Scheeper Submission (armbar) Freestyle Combat Challenge 35 May 3, 2008 1 0:40 Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Win 5–2 Alex Carter Submission (triangle choke) Freestyle Combat Challenge 34 March 29, 2008 2 N/A Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Win 4–2 Caleb Krull Decision (unanimous) Freestyle Combat Challenge 33 February 23, 2008 3 3:00 Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Win 3–2 Kenneth Allen Submission (triangle choke) Freestyle Combat Challenge 32 January 12, 2008 1 N/A Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 2–2 Daisuke Hanazawa Submission (kimura) Freestyle Combat Challenge 29 August 11, 2007 1 N/A Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Win 2–1 Will Pace Submission (rear-naked choke) Freestyle Combat Challenge 28 May 19, 2007 1 N/A Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Win 1–1 Shane Kruchten TKO (punches) Freestyle Combat Challenge 27 May 12, 2007 2 N/A Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Loss 0–1 Jay Ellis Technical Submission (choke) Freestyle Combat Challenge 26 March 10, 2007 1 N/A Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States

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