UFC middleweight Dustin Stoltzfus wasn’t fazed by late replacement Gerald Meerschaert stepping up to fight him at UFC Vegas 45. In fact, he was expecting it.
Think Stoltzfus gets the upset win over the vet?
“We were given his name pretty much right after I signed the Caio [Borralho] fight because we knew there might be an issue with his visa and another German fighter was supposed to be fighting Meerschaert. And we also heard that so we knew that it might be a possibility that I don’t fight Caio.
To the German-American, getting to fight Meerschaert is actually a blessing in disguise. The opportunity to fight a UFC veteran with much more experience than himself, Stoltzfus sees a fair test and a winnable fight.
“My team was actually more excited for that fight. As I mean, Meerschaert’s a vet. He has three times more fights than I have. A really solid fighter, been in this sport for a very long time. It’s an awesome matchup to test my skills with and it’s a doable fight. Keep saying this, my other two fights were also doable and I lost those. But it’s definitely a fight I can win. Just need to connect the dots and keep sharp.”
Despite GM3’s experience advantage, Stoltzfus believes himself to be the overall better combatant. “I just need to make sure wherever we are that I’m pushing my pace and that I’m technically clean cause I think I’m the better martial artist. I think my technique is better on the feet and on the ground. And I also think I’m the better athlete.
Regardless of where the fight goes and what it looks like, Stoltzfus believes he can get the win. “If I can keep it clean, technical and I’ll think I’ll have a good advantage. If it gets ugly, I know how to fight ugly too.”
Stoltzfus also talked about:
- Benefits of traveling to Las Vegas weeks ahead of fight week
- Finishing training camp at Syndicate MMA/10th Planet
- Taking advantage of the UFC Performance Institute
- Sparring with Sean Strickland, Cowboy Cerrone
Dustin Stoltzfus is a 30 year old male fighter from the United States with 13 pro wins and 3 losses. Stoltzfus is scheduled to fight Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus on Saturday December 18, 2021.
Stoltzfus’s recent form coming into this matchup
Stoltzfus has gone 3-2 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Loss vs Rodolfo Vieira • Submission R3 1:54 • 2021-07-17
- Loss vs Kyle Daukaus • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-11-21
- Win vs Joseph Pyfer • KO/TKO R1 4:21 • 2020-08-11
- Win vs Nihad Nasufovic • Submission R3 3:33 • 2019-11-09
- Win vs Jonas Billstein • KO/TKO R2 1:37 • 2019-06-29
Dustin Stoltzfus’s next opponent: Gerald “GM3” Meerschaert
Gerald “GM3” Meerschaert’s recent form coming into this matchup
Gerald “GM3” Meerschaert is a 33 year old male fighter from United States with 33 pro wins and 14 losses. Meerschaert is scheduled to fight Dustin Stoltzfus at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus on Saturday December 18, 2021.
Meerschaert has gone 3-2 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Win vs Makhmud Muradov • Submission R2 1:49 • 2021-08-28
- Win vs Bartosz Fabiński • Submission R1 2:00 • 2021-04-17
- Loss vs Khamzat Chimaev • KO/TKO R1 0:17 • 2020-09-19
- Loss vs Ian Heinisch • KO/TKO R1 1:14 • 2020-06-06
- Win vs Deron Winn • Submission R3 2:13 • 2020-03-07
How to watch and bet on Dustin Stoltzfus vs Gerald Meerschaert
Keep track of all the latest odds and line-movements at our bout page for this matchup.
Use the AllStar’s directory to find the best sportsbooks and recommendations on where to place UFC bets online. If you just want to play for fun, head over to our Fantasy UFC picks app to make your fight predictions for Dustin Stoltzfus vs Gerald Meerschaert totally FREE.