Gerald Edward Meerschaert III (born December 18, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2007, he formerly competed for the RFA, Titan FC, and King of the Cage. He is the former RFA Middleweight Champion.
|Born||Gerald Edward Meerschaert III|
December 18, 1987
Racine, Wisconsin, United States
|Other names||GM3 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Kickboxing, Taekwondo|
|Fighting out of||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
Agallar Combative Systems
|Rank||Black belt in Roufusport Kickboxing |
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Meerschaert was born in Racine, Wisconsin, United States. He trained in Taekwondo when he was young. He began playing alto saxophone in the fifth grade and through his years at Walden III Middle and High School. Meerschaert later studied music education in college, hoping to become a music teacher, before deciding to make MMA his career after watching some local MMA and UFC fights on TV. Meerschaert began training in MMA at the age of 19.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
After a 1–0 amateur career, Meerschaert fought most of his fights in his native state of Wisconsin from 2007 to 2011 and started traveling to nearby states to compete after 2012. He is an active fighter with a record of 25–8–0 prior to joining UFC.
Meerschaert began his professional MMA career in March 2007, fighting at Freestyle Combat Challenge 26 on March 10 after training for just one month in MMA. He lost his first fight to Jay Ellis via a technical submission.  Two months after his first loss, he bounced back to snap a win via submission (kimura - reversed double wristlock). His third MMA fight came one week later on May 19, 2007 against Will Pace. He won the fight via a rear-naked choke on round one.
On January 12, 2008, Meerschaert faced Kenneth Allen and picked up the win by locking up a triangle choke on round one. Five weeks later, Meerschaert stepped in the cage and competed against Caleb Krull and won by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–27). Without taking a break, Meerschaert was back to the cage again four weeks, and this time his challenger was Alex Carter. On the second round Meerschaert managed to set up a triangle choke and submitted Carter. His last fight in Freestyle Combat was on May 3, 2008, where Meerschaert picked up a win over Ryan Scheeper through an armbar submission.
Meerschaert made a move and joined the Madtown Throwdown promotion on July 25, 2008. His first promotion debut facing Mike Vaughn. Without much time wasted, Meerschaert managed to climb on Vaughn's back and pulled off a rear-naked choke and won the fight. Next, Meerschaert face Curtis Bailey. The fight was held in Madison, Wisconsin on Madtown Throwdown 17. The fight was a five rounds fight and Meerschaert suffered the lost on this fight via guillotine choke on round two.
He started off by fighting on Gladiators Cage Fighting: Fair Warning on August 15, 2009, his opponent was Jacob Kuester and Meerschaert managed to overpower Kuester and submitted him via a neck crank. On the next fight, Meerschaert face-off Morrison Lamb on Racine Fight Night 5 on November 28, 2009 in his hometown, Racine, Wisconsin. It was a short fight where Meerschaert submitted Lamb via a guillotine choke on round one.
Meershaert faced Eddie Larrea at Extreme Cagefigting Organisation 4 on March 20, 2010. Meershaert secured the win via an arm-triangle choke. April 17, 2010, Meershaert fought in Combat USA 19. Meershaert punched his way through and knocked out Jim Klimczyk and snatched the win.
His last competition in 2010 was on September 11. He took on Sam Alvey, with a record of 11–1–0, ranking number 1 in Wisconsin in the middleweight division. They competed on Combat USA: Championship Tournament Finals for a five-round title middleweight fight. On the early rounds, Meershaert attempted multiple takedowns but Alvey managed to stop most of them; however, Meershaerf managed to put Alvey on a guillotine choke on round 5 and secured the win to reign Wisconsin State middleweight 2010 champion.
With the record of 14–4–0, Meershaert started off his 2011 competition on January 6, facing Dallas O'Malley on Combat USA 24. He won the fight via guillotine choke on round two.
The next fight came 3 months later where Meershaert took on Herbert Goodman, the former Green Bay Packers football player, defending his Wisconsin Middleweight title on Combat USA: Wisconsin State Finals. Meersheart lost the fight via a rear-naked choke on round one when he was taken down by Goodman after failing to hit Goodman with his left overhand, giving his back to Goodman where Goodman managed to sink a rear-naked choke.
Six months later, Meershaert went on to join the Rogue Warrior Championship 3 competition on the welterweight fight on September 6, 2011. He faced Eddie Larrea and won the fight via a rear-naked choke on round one.
Meershaert did not return to the cage after he lost to Goodman until about one the half-year later when he went on to join the Rogue Warrior Championship 3 competition on the welterweight fight on September 6, 2011. He faced Eddie Larrea and won the fight via a rear-naked choke on round one. The second and also the last fight Meershaert take on for 2012 was on October 19. He was up against Sergej Juskevic at Score Fighting Series. He lost the fight on round two via kneebar submission.
On January 19, 2013 he took on Anthony Lapsley on a catchweight bout (175 Ib) on Rocktagon MMA Elite Series 23. He lost the fight on round one via rear-naked choke. He next faced Jay Ellis on King of the Cage: Certified on April 20, 2013 a catchweight bout (180 Ib). He bounced back from the last two defeat and captured the win with TKO (punches) in round one. Meershaert went to Duluth, Georgia to compete on National Fighting Championships 58 on July 19, 2013. The fight was a 180 Ib catchweight bout. The judges awarded him with the win after three battle against George Lockhart. On September 13, 2013, Meershaert fought with Nathan Gunn in another catchweight fight. He managed to submit Gunn on round two with a guillotine choke on Canadian Fighting Championship 8 event.
Meerschaert moved up to Middleweight (185 Ibs) in 2014 and competed in North American Fighting Championship in two fights. First, he faced Eddie Larrea which he secured a win via arm-triangle choke and moved on to fight Sam Alvey on their second meet up and this time he lost by unanimous decision on judges' scorecards. His last fight in 2014 was in September where he fought in KOTC: Magnum Force against Matt Lagou. He came out with a win via a TKO (doctor stoppage).
Meerschaert aced Keith Smetana at 4BC: Capital City Punishment in June 2015. He won a quick win via TKO in round one. His next and last fight in 2015 came one month later and won via another TKO (doctor stoppage) against Lucas Rota.
Meerschaert started his first fight in 2016 by moving up to Light Heavyweight division (205 Ibs). He fought at Valor Fight 36 and his opponent was Sidney Wheeler. He threatened Wheeler with a kimura and forced him to tap out on round one. His last fight before joining UFC was in October 2016, facing Chase Waldon in Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) in Middleweight bout. He earned the victory via submission (arm-triangle choke) on round one, earning him the RFA middleweight title.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
After 10 years of MMA career with 33 fights, Meerschaert was signed by UFC. He made his promotional debut on December 9, 2016 on UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov, replacing injured Olwale Bamgbose and facing Joe Gigliotti. Meerschaert finished Gigliotti with an anaconda choke in round one. His performance earned him a Performance of the Night bonus award.
As the last fight of his prevailing contract with the UFC, Meerschaert faced Trevin Giles on August 3, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 5. He won the fight via technical submission in the third round due to a guillotine choke.
Meerschaert was scheduled to face Ian Heinisch on June 6, 2020, at UFC 250, however, two days before the fight Heinisch's cornerman tested positive for COVID-19. Heinisch was pulled from the fight and replaced by promotional newcomer Anthony Ivy. Subsequently, the cornerman in question was re-tested and the initial test was proven to be false positive and Heinisch was reinstated to the card. Finally, Meerschaert faced Heinisch as originally scheduled and lost the fight via TKO in the first round.
Meerschaert was expected to face Ed Herman in a light heavyweight bout on August 1, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan. On the day of the event, Meerschaert pulled out due to testing positive for COVID-19 and his bout against Herman was cancelled. The bout was rescheduled for September 12, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 177. However, Meerschaert again withdrew from the bout for undisclosed reason and he was replaced by John Allan Arte.
Meerschaert faced Makhmud Muradov on August 28, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 30. After a back-and-forth fight, he won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in round two. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
The moniker "The Machine" was coined by his friends after seeing him constantly pushing himself in the gym without really taking any breaks.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA)
- Middleweight Champion (One time) vs. Chase Waldon
- Combat USA Championship
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|47 matches||33 wins||14 losses|
|Win||33–14||Makhmud Muradov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze||August 28, 2021||2||1:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||32–14||Bartosz Fabiński||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Gastelum||April 17, 2021||1||2:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||31–14||Khamzat Chimaev||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley||September 19, 2020||1||0:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||31–13||Ian Heinisch||TKO (punches)||UFC 250||June 6, 2020||1||1:14||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||31–12||Deron Winn||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 248||March 7, 2020||3||2:14||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Winn tested positive for amphetamines.|
|Loss||30–12||Eryk Anders||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson||October 12, 2019||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||30–11||Trevin Giles||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler||August 3, 2019||3||1:49||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||29–11||Kevin Holland||Decision (split)||UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje||March 30, 2019||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||29–10||Jack Hermansson||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2||December 15, 2018||1||4:25||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||29–9||Oskar Piechota||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale||July 6, 2018||2||4:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||28–9||Eric Spicely||TKO (body kick)||The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale||December 1, 2017||2||2:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||27–9||Thiago Santos||TKO (punches)||UFC 213||July 8, 2017||2||2:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||27–8||Ryan Janes||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne||February 19, 2017||1||1:34||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||26–8||Joe Gigliotti||Submission (anaconda choke)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov||December 9, 2016||1||4:12||Albany, New York, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||25–8||Chase Waldon||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Resurrection Fighting Alliance||October 26, 2016||1||1:44||Prior Lake, Minnesota, United States||Return to Middleweight. Won the RFA Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||24–8||Sidney Wheeler||Submission (kimura)||Valor Fights 36||August 13, 2016||1||1:22||Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States||Light Heavyweight debut.|
|Win||23–8||Lucas Rota||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Titan FC 34||July 18, 2015||3||0:50||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||22–8||Keith Smetana||TKO (punches)||4BC: Capital City Punishment||June 27, 2015||1||1:51||Bismarck, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||21–8||Matt Lagou||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||KOTC: Magnum Force||September 27, 2014||1||1:26||Carlton, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||20–8||Sam Alvey||Decision (unanimous)||North American Fighting Championship||May 31, 2014||3||5:00||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||20–7||Eddie Larrea||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||North American Fighting Championship: Super Brawl 2||January 31, 2014||2||1:05||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States||Return to Middleweight.|
|Win||19–7||Nathan Gunn||Submission (guillotine choke)||Canadian Fighting Championship 8||September 13, 2013||2||2:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada||Catchweight (180 lb) bout.|
|Win||18–7||George Lockhart||Decision (unanimous)||National Fighting Championship 58||July 19, 2013||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States||Catchweight (180 lb) bout.|
|Win||17–7||Jay Ellis||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Certified||April 20, 2013||1||1:03||Keshena, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||16–7||Anthony Lapsley||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rocktagon MMA Elite Series 23||January 19, 2013||1||1:15||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Catchweight (175 lb) bout.|
|Loss||16–6||Sergej Juskevic||Submission (kneebar)||Score Fighting Series 6||October 19, 2012||1||4:32||Sarnia, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||16–5||Eddie Larrea||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rogue Warrior Championships 3||September 6, 2012||1||3:35||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||15–5||Herbert Goodman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Combat USA: Wisconsin State Finals||April 22, 2011||1||1:28||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||15–4||Dallas O'Malley||Submission (guillotine choke)||Combat USA 24||January 6, 2011||2||0:38||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||14–4||Sam Alvey||Submission (guillotine choke)||Combat USA: Championship Tournament Finals||September 11, 2010||5||4:08||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||13–4||Ron Faircloth||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Madtown Throwdown Worlds Collide||July 10, 2010||2||3:34||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||12–4||Jim Klimczyk||TKO (punches)||Combat USA - 19||April 17, 2010||1||2:56||Wausau, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||11–4||Eddie Larrea||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Extreme Cagefighting Organisation 4||March 20, 2010||2||0:52||Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||10–4||Morrison Lamb||Submission (guillotine choke)||Racine Fight Night 5||November 28, 2009||1||1:02||Racine, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||9–4||Jacob Kuester||Submission (neck crank)||Gladiators Cage Fighting: Fair Warning||August 15, 2009||1||1:14||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Kenny Robertson||Submission (kneebar)||Madtown Throwdown 19||May 2, 2009||1||3:15||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Curtis Bailey||Submission (guillotine choke)||Madtown Throwdown 17||October 10, 2008||1||1:19||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||8–2||Mike Vaughn||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Madtown Throwdown 16||July 25, 2008||2||N/A||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||7–2||Ryan Scheeper||Submission (armbar)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 35||May 3, 2008||1||0:40||Racine, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||6–2||Alex Carter||Submission (triangle choke)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 34||March 29, 2008||2||N/A||Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||5–2||Caleb Krull||Decision (unanimous)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 33||February 23, 2008||3||3:00||Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||4–2||Kenneth Allen||Submission (triangle choke)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 32||January 12, 2008||1||N/A||Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||3–2||Daisuke Hanazawa||Submission (kimura)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 29||August 11, 2007||1||N/A||Racine, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||3–1||Will Pace||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 28||May 19, 2007||1||N/A||Racine, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||2–1||Shane Kruchten||TKO (punches)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 27||May 12, 2007||2||N/A||Waukegan, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Jay Ellis||Technical Submission (choke)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 26||March 10, 2007||1||N/A||Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||1–0||Fernando Gomez||Submission (choke)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 25||January 13, 2007||1||N/A||Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States|
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