Gerald Meerschaert vs Bruno Silva booked for UFC Fight Night 213
As The Ultimate Fighting Championship continues to put future events together, we’re continuously given good match bookings to write about, and we’ve got another one for you, as Gerald Meerschaert is scheduled to face Bruno Silva at UFC Fight Night 213.
UFC Fight Night 213 is to go down on August 13, 2022, at a to-be-determined venue.
Gerald Meerschaert came to the UFC back in the end of 2016 with a record of 25-8, and quickly went 4-1 inside the octagon, securing four finishes, only losing to future light-heavyweight contender Thiago Santos in that time.
Since then, however, his path has been a bit rocky, going 2-5 over his next seven outings.
This led up to a perfect 2021 year for ‘GM3’, as he went 3-0 through the year with three submission victories.
But that streak was halted last month in April, where he was defeated by Krzysztof Jotko, bringing his record to 34-15.
Then we have Bruno Silva, who’s been an absolute force to be reckoned with since joining the UFC.
After starting out his career with a lackluster record of 5-5, Silva then went 14-1 over his next 15, defeating former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko in the very first round, and then Artem Frolov in round four to capture the M-1 Challenge middleweight championship.
This was back in 2018, and Silva took a few years off following the claim of his title, but returned in 2021 after signing with the UFC, debuting with a record of 19-6.
Silva, like Meerschaert, went 3-0 last year with three finishes.
Both men had one of the better 2021 years we’d seen in the sport; Meerschaert went 3-0 with three submissions, and Silva went 3-0 with three knockouts.
But, like ‘GM3’, Silva’s run was brought to an end when he faced multi-time kickboxing world champion Alex Pereira in his latest outing back in March, marking the first and only time Silva lost a stand up encounter.
Of Meerschaert’s 34 wins, 6 come via knockout, with 26 submissions and just two decisions, and of Silva’s 22 wins, 19 come via knockout with just three decisions.
Of Meerschaert’s 15 defeats, just three come via knockout, though they came in three of his more recent losses, and of Silva’s seven defeats, five come via submission. Aside from his unanimous decision loss to Pereira, his only other defeat comes via DQ.
Both of these talents are proven finishers, and each are great at what it seems the others kryptonite is.
Who do you see walking away from this epic middleweight contest on top?
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