Gerald Meerschaert planned on derailing the hype of Khamzat Chimaev at UFC Vegas 11.
Entering the fight, many knew Meerschaert would be Chimaev’s toughest fight to date, and the American made it clear he would end the plans of Chimaev fighting Demian Maia in a few weeks on Fight Island. Yet, that is far from what happened as Chimaev brutally knocked out “GM3” with one-punch in just 17 seconds.
Following the loss, Gerald Meerschaert took to social media to release a statement on the loss.
Welp royally f@#$*d that up.
— Gerald Meerschaert (@The_Real_GM3) September 20, 2020
“Welp royally f@#$*d that up,” Meerschaert wrote.
Chimaev was looking to remain undefeated and improve to 9-0. The Swedish prospect was coming off a first-round TKO victory over Rhys McKee just 10 days after submitting John Phillips in his UFC debut.
Gerald Meerschaert, meanwhile, was coming off of a TKO setback to Ian Heinisch back at UFC 250. Prior to that loss, Meerschaert submitted Deron Winn at UFC 248 where he was the betting underdog.
The win was a massive win for Chimaev who is now likely to get someone in the top-10 at either middleweight or welterweight. The Swede also proved the hype is real with the one-punch knockout win and proved he is not just a grappler but can also strike and has one-punch knockout power.
“Everybody say ‘You Khabib, Khabib No. 2,’ something like that,” Chimaev said after the fight. “But I am Khamzat. I can knock out people. Like, submit the people. Smash the people. Everything. I have everything.”
When Khamzat Chimaev will fight again is to be seen. Dana White is hoping he can turn around quickly and may even fight before the Maia fight is supposed to happen.
Regardless, it is a massive win for Chimaev. For Meerschaert, he is now on a two-fight losing streak and will no doubt need to get a win next time out.