UFC Vegas 45: Gerald Meerschaert Details Scary Moment After Khamzat Knockout

Las Vegas, NV — This time last year, Gerald Meerschaert was riding a two-fight losing streak, and a few months prior, he was knocked out cold by Khamzat Chimaev in 17 seconds. Fast forward a year later, and he has a case for 2021 Comeback Fighter of the Year.

On Saturday, “GM3” pulled off a third-round submission win over Dustin Stolzfus after potentially being down two rounds. With that win, he went 3-0 in 2021 with three submission wins, earning Performance of the Night for two of them.

Meershaert plans to take some time off, and in a perfect world, he would like to get back in the octagon in late April or May; however, he knows the UFC may call before that.

During his UFC Vegas 45 backstage interview, Meerschaert revealed some scary details about what happened after his knockout loss last year to Chimaev.

“I got put out pretty bad [against Chimaev]. That was a scary one to watch for me later because I saw that I was up in the cage and everything. I didn’t wake up until I was back here somewhere. So, that whole thing where I was standing there, I don’t remember any of that,” Meershaert told Cageside Press.

“That’s when I was like, okay, I need to take a break and make sure my head is good. Credit to the UFC because they had no problem with that, and were like ‘yeah, get your head right and make sure everything is functioning.’ That seemed to do the trick,” he continued. “I got my head square on my shoulders, and I knew I had a lot of really hard work to do and kept my nose to the grindstone.”

Meershaert is now on the first three-fight win streak of his UFC career and is close to a top 15 match-up. So, it would not be surprising if the next time we see “GM3” back in the octagon, he is fighting someone with a number next to their name. Or, he will fight another killer prospect, like he tends to do.

Watch the rest of Gerald Meerschaert’s UFC Vegas 45 post-fight interview above. More coverage from the event can be found below.