Middleweight veteran Gerald Meerschaert may well eliminate far more than just a combat tomorrow night (Sat., Sept. 19, 2020) at UFC Vegas 11 reside on ESPN+ from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, as “GM3” is set to meet up with increasing prospect Khamzat Chimaev in principal card action.
Meerschaert, who is coming off a TKO reduction to Ian Heinisch this past June, is a significant underdog moving into the 185-pound affair. In actuality, UFC is by now setting up on a Chimaev vs. Demian Maia matchup later on this year on “Fight Island,” just about acknowledging that Meerschaert is predicted to shed this weekend in Vegas.
As you may possibly have imagined,Meerschaert is not joyful about remaining overlooked by his opponent and the marketing that employs him. To display is self-assurance leading into this weekend the middleweight fighter created a guess with Chimaev for the duration of their heated exchange at UFC Vegas 11’s pre-fight push convention (entire replay Listed here).
“If you choke me out, I’ll discover a black belt and give it to you – how about that?” Meerschaert explained to Chimaev.
Chimaev, who dominated his initially two Octagon outings through a 10-working day span back in July, is palms down the best prospect in the sport. The undefeated welterweight/middleweight fighter has previously acquired the aid of UFC president Dana White and is hunting to carry his UFC inventory to yet another amount this weekend from Meerschaert.
“You reduce your fights,” Chimaev explained to Meerschaert at the push conference. “You are like good friend of Conor. What is his name? Artem Lobov. How several times you get rid of your fights?”
“Oh, I’ve shed pretty a several fights,” agreed Meerschaert. “I’m 31-13.”
“You believe you’re a black belt?” asked Chimaev. “Jack Hermansson, he doesn’t have a black belt. Why did he choke you out?”
“Some instances you shed when you battle difficult guys, guy,” responded Meerschaert.
“I have blue belt,” Chimaev mentioned. “I’m going to choke you out. … You are about to give your black belt to me.”
Whilst everyone is talking about the rise of Chimaev and his dominant skills within of the cage it would be silly to slumber on the talent established of Meerschaert. Considering that making his Octagon debut a lot less than 4 yrs in the past “GM3” has recorded five submission wins as a member of the 185-pound course. That whole is very good for a to start with put tie with Maia and Antonio Carlos Junior for the most submission wins in UFC middleweight heritage.
Regardless of his accolades, Meerschaert is not attaining the regard he warrants, especially from Chimaev. The 26-calendar year-previous prospect does not feel a phase up in competitors will be far too substantially to deal with and is presently calling for a finish over “GM3.”
“Train more challenging, not converse,” he said. “‘I am jiu-jitsu, I am far better.’ What the f*ck.”
“I am tied for the most submissions in the middleweight division,” Meerschaert replied. “So yeah, I imagine I are entitled to that black belt.”
“If I choke you out, you are completed with this sport,” Chimaev added.
UFC Vegas 11 will be headlined by a welterweight grudge match featuring previous UFC winner Tyron Woodley, who is attempting to close a two-combat dropping streak, and previous title challenger Colby Covington.
MMAmania.com will provide Stay spherical-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the complete UFC Vegas 11 struggle card In this article, commencing with the ESPN+ “Prelims” undercard bouts at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the ESPN+ major card start out time at 8 p.m. ET.