UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum – Bartosz Fabinski vs Gerald Meerschaert: Prelims Prediction and Analysis

Published 04/16/2021, 5:30 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum will see a blockbuster middleweight clash between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum go down in the main event. Also, another crucial fight in the 185lbs division will take place in the preliminary card. Comparatively lower-ranked contenders, Bartosz Fabinski, and Gerald Meerschaert will look to get a crucial win.

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Meerschaert is coming off a 17-second first-round knockout loss against Khamzat Chimaev in his last fight. ‘GM3’ has now dropped three out of his last five fights and is currently on a two-fight skid as Ian Heinisch also knocked him out in the first round prior to ‘Borz’. A submission victory over Deron Winn was his last triumph inside the Octagon.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: (R-L) Ian Heinisch punches Gerald Meerschaert in their middleweight bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Meanwhile, Fabinski lost in his return to the UFC to Andre Muniz. He competed in one fight at Cage Warriors following a four-fight stint in the UFC between 2015 to 2018.

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Gerald Meerschaert and Bartosz Fabinski: Atats and analysis

The 33-year-old ‘GM3’ will enter his forty-sixth professional contest and will look to improve his 31-14 record. However, the 34-year-old Fabinski will look to maintain his own stellar 15-4 record.

Meerschaert is a supreme fighter, but his chin is questionable after two knockout losses. This could prove worrisome against ‘The Butcher’ who has 8 T/KO’s to his name.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 04: (L-R) Opponents Andre Muniz of Brazil and Bartosz Fabinski of Poland face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on September 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

However, Meerschaert can submit any opponent and has claimed 23 of his 31 wins in this fashion. Hence, it will be up to Fabinski to keep ‘GM3’ away and be careful of allowing him to take the fight to the ground.

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Despite ‘The Butcher’ being the elder combatant, Meerschaert has a lot of mileage and could be ground out by the 34-year-old. It will be up to ‘GM3’ to use his height and reach advantage to cause damage whilst remaining out of range. However, we don’t see this happening.

Final Prediction: Bartosz Fabinski by unanimous decision

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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