Submission specialist Gerald Meerschaert and knockout artist Bruno Silva seek to bounce back from their previous setbacks as they clash in a three-round middleweight showdown inside the octagon on Saturday, August 13, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight is part of the UFC on ESPN 41 program that begins at around 7:00 PM ET. ESPN will feature the match on television while UFC Fight Pass covers the bout via live stream. Maeschaert is a 49-match veteran with 26 submission wins under his belt. Silva, on the other hand, had 19 of his 22 victories ending by knockout. Both fighters are eager to recover from their heartbreaking losses. Meerschaert is the underdog in the fight despite having more matches compared to Silva, UFC online oddsmakers declare.
UFC on ESPN 41: Bruno Silva vs. Gerald Meerschaert Betting Information
Bruno Silva (22-7) is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt that lets his fists do the talking. Nineteen of his 22 wins ended via knockout, and two of the stoppage wins secured him the Performance of the Night honors in the UFC. However, in his last fight, Silva succumbed to a unanimous decision loss to Alex Pereira. Silva’s knockout power is world-class, as he once held the M-1 Middleweight Championship. The Brazilian needs to muster his knowledge in stuffing submission attempts to impose his will and defeat Meerschaert.
A 15-year mixed martial arts veteran, Gerald Meerschaert (34-15) looks to secure his 35th win in his 50th match, but he will have his hands full against knockout specialist Bruno Silva. Meerschaert recorded four Performance of the Night honors since joining the UFC in December 2016. The submission specialist is excellent on the mat, with 26 wins ending via submission. In his last fight, Meerschaert failed to impose his will against Krzysztof Jotko, losing by unanimous decision. “The Machine” needs to win his match against Silva to move up the middleweight rankings and possibly secure a shot for the title.
Bruno Silva vs. Gerald Meerschaert Betting Numbers
|Weight||185 lbs||185 lbs|
|Win by KO/TKO||86%||18%|
|Strikes Landed Per Minute||4.94||3.04|
|Striking Absorbed Per Minute||4.79||3.53|
Bruno Silva vs. Gerald Meerschaert Summary
Silva and Meerschaert have contrasting styles. One is a submission specialist, and the other is a knockout artist. Meerschaert needs to put the fight on the ground to brighten his chance of winning. However, Silva is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, so he has a ton of knowledge in defending a submission attempt. The only question on Meerschaert is if his chin can hold Silva’s power punches and execute his submission game. MMA fighting odds favor Silva to win by knockout if the Brazilian lands his punches. Meerschaert has a solid chance of winning the match if he survives Silva’s punching power. The match is Fight of the Night material, so it’s better to hold your nerves and watch every single second of the bout.
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