On Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, the UFC returned to Florida for UFC on ESPN+ 19.
The event took place at Amalie Arena in Tampa and was headlined by a women’s strawweight bout between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson.
Kicking off the main card was a pair of finishers in a middleweight matchup between Eryk Anders and Gerald Meerschaert. After moving up to the 205-pound division for a pair of fights, Anders returns to 185 for this matchup in Tampa. “Ya Boi” will look to make it back-to-back wins following his first round TKO win over Vinicius Moreira at UFC on ESPN 3 in June.
Meerschaert also looks to make it two straight wins in the Octagon following his third round submission win over Trevin Giles at UFC Newark in August.
Here is how the middleweight fight between Eryk Anders and Gerald Meerschaert went down at UFC Tampa, including round by round scoring. Get the full results of UFC Tampa right here.
Kevin MacDonald is the third man in the Octagon as the main card opener is underway. Anders lands a nice left hand early on and Meerschaert is throwing some big shots of his own. Anders lands another left, and Meerschaert answers with a nice left of his own. They trade jabs, Meerschaert then lands to the body. Anders just misses a big left hand after Meerschaert lands a ick to the body. Anders lands a left hand, followed by an uppercut and then a right hand floors Meerschaert briefly. Big counter left from Anders. Meerschaert looks for the takedown and Anders defends nicely. Anders with another left hand. Under two minutes left in the round and Anders lands a stiff jab. Meerschaert with a left hand, Anders throws a big uppercut coming up just short. Final minute of the round, Anders lands a jab and just misses a left hand. Meerschaert is trying to find a home for his jab, landing a nice one. Meerschaert slips a left and lands another jab. Body kick lands from Anders, and then a big rushing punch drops Meerschaert. Anders looks for hammer fists as the round ends.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Anders
Second round begins with both guys patiently moving towards each other. Meerschaert looking to land that jab and Anders just shoves Meerschaert to the mat after missing an uppercut. Left hand counter from Anders lands flush. Combination from Meerschaert lands, followed by a shot to the body. Anders with a left over the top followed by a leg kick. Nice left hand from Meerschaert, Anders answers with a left hand. Nice combination from Meerschaert, who is definitely finding more success this round on the feet. Anders misses a high kick, Meerschaert with a left hand to the body. Under two minutes to go in the round, Anders lands a looping left. A pair of jabs from Meerschaert lands, followed by a nice combination. Anders lands a left hand and a right kick to the body. Final 45 seconds of the round sees Anders coming up short on a high kick. Meerschaert slips an Anders left hand, and counters with a nice combination. Anders coming in strong with a head kick, Meerschaert lands hard. Anders answers back as the round ends. Nice bounce back round for “GM3”.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Meerschaert
Final round sees Meerschaert remaining very crisp and technical on the feet. Nice jab from Meerschaert and a body kick answer from Anders. Combination from Meerschaert, followed by a nice left hand. Anders wobbles Meerschaert with a left hand and GM3 answers with a hard body kick. Anders with a leg kick. They continue to trade and Meerschaert lands a nice leg kick. Meerschaert slips a big Anders left hand. Another clean jab from Meerschaert lands. Anders swings for the home run left hand coming up short. Meerschaert counters with a big shot and Anders is hurt! Meerschaert with a body kick answer. Anders pushing forward in the final 15 seconds. They trade shots, Anders swings big one more time as the round ends. Close fight.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Meerschaert
Official result: Eryk Anders def. Gerald Meerschaert via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)