UPDATE: 7:08 p.m. This fight has been canceled due to Gerald Meerschaert testing positive for Covid-19. No replacement for Ed Herman will be available on such short notice.
Two exciting mat-based fighters battle this evening when Ed Herman takes on Gerald Meerschaert at light heavyweight at UFC Fight Night on ESPN live from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Herman has a 25-14-1 record at age 39 after making his UFC debut in 2006. He brings seven career KO/TKO’s and 13 submission wins to the octagon, and averages 2.20 takedowns per 15 minutes along with 3.33 strikes per minute. His only fight for a title was his first, a loss for the first middleweight belt after appearing on The Ultimate Fighter 3.
Meerschaert gets back in the octagon quickly after a 71 second KO loss to Ian Heinisch at middleweight on June 6th. “GM3” is a promotion veteran with a 31-13 record and 29 career stoppages, 25 by submission. He’s got a reputation for fighting anyone, anywhere, at any weight class within reason, and his 44 fights at just 32 years of age shows he’s not afraid to be called upon in a pinch. He averages 2.34 takedowns for every 15 minutes in the octagon.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Ed Herman vs. Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Fight Night from Las Vegas on August 1st.
Ed Herman: +145 (30% of action, 26% of bets)
Gerald Meerschaert: -180 (70% of action, 74% of bets)
Here are the DraftKings DFS salaries for Ed Herman vs. Gerald Meerschaert tonight:
Ed Herman: $7,900
Gerald Meerschaert: $8,300
Meerschaert’s status in the UFC probably isn’t in danger because of his frequency of fighting and his 6-5 record in the promotion, but he could use a win as well. He’s got more experience on the mat, and his price is that of an average fighter in the field. He also averages over 100 DFS points in his last four fights when he does win, which he’s expected to here. We’ll take GM3 on our roster and hope he can score early before getting the submission win.
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