Gerald Meerschaert is moving up.
Usually a middleweight competitor, Meerschaert (31-13 MMA, 6-5 UFC) will make the climb to light heavyweight when he takes on Ed Herman at the UFC’s Aug. 1 event. The card is expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The promotion announced the full lineup in a press release Thursday.
Meerschaert will look to rebound after a quick knockout loss to Ian Heinisch at UFC 250 on June 6. In his six most recent fights, Meerschaert went 2-4 with two submission wins against Deron Winn and Trevin Giles.
Herman (25-14 MMA, 12-11 UFC) is one of the longest-tenured fighters on the UFC roster and has rejuvenated his career through recent performances. After losing four of five fights from 2015-2018, Herman won back-to-back fights in 2019 against Patrick Cummins and Khadis Ibragimov.
With the change, the UFC’s Aug. 1 lineup includes:
Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
Randy Brown vs. Vicente Luque
Trevin Giles vs. Kevin Holland
Ed Herman vs. Gerald Meerschaert
Joanne Calderwood vs. Jennifer Maia
Bobby Green vs. Landon Vannata
Jonathan Martinez vs. Frankie Saenz
Ray Borg vs. Nathan Maness
Chris Gutierrez vs. Luke Sanders
Markus Perez vs. Eric Spicely
Jamall Emmers vs. Timur Valiev