Gerald Meerschaert Bio: UFC, Ranking & Net Worth

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Gerald Meerschaert is a professional mixed martial artist who fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Moreover, he has fought in the light heavyweight, middleweight, and welterweight divisions.

However, currently, he is in the middleweight division. Also, he is famous by the name “GM3” or “The Machine.” Meerschaert got this nickname during his MMA days.

Besides that, UFC ranks Gerald as the #45 middleweight champion in 2021. This fighter has fought against renowned MMA and UFC fighters.

Gerald’s and Khamzat Chimaev’s fight became the town talk when Khamzat knocked out Gerald in 17 seconds at UFC Fight Night, held in Las Vegas.

However, Gerald has always been optimistic about his and Khazmat’s fight, and Gerald never defames Khazmat in front of any media. Indeed, Gerald handles this situation with grace.

Gerald Meerschaert inside the ring for a match.
Gerald Meerschaert: It’s time for a match!

Before getting into details about Gerald’s life and fight history career, here are some quick facts about him.

Quick Facts

Name Gerald Edward Meerschaert III
Birthplace Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Birthdate December 18, 1987
Age 36 years old
Nationality American
Ethnicity White 
Religion Unknown
Nickname GM3, The Machine
Height 6’1″/1.85 m 
Weight 84 kg/185 lb
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Blue
Profession Mixed Martial Artist
Affiliation MMA, UFC
Rank Black belt in Roufusport kickboxing
Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu black belt
Reach 77 inches
MMA debut 2007
UFC debut 2016
Sibling Jacob Kornwolf
Father Name Unknown 
Mother Name Unknown 
Education Walden III Middle and High School
Body Shape Athletic 
Horoscope  Sagittarius
Teacher  Duke Roufus
Wins By knockout-6
By submission- 23
Decision- 2
MMA Record 31-14
Net Worth $500,000
Fighters Salary $43,000
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Unmarried 
Girlfriend Unknown
Children No
Achievements Ultimate Fighting Championship
Combat USA Championship
Resurrection Fighting Alliance 
Social Media Twitter, Instagram
UFC Merch  Gloves, Shorts, Action Figures
Last Update May, 2024

Gerald Meerschaert | Early Life, Family, and Education

Gerald Meerschaert was born in Racine, Wisconsin, United States. His parents were Americans. Although not much information is available regarding Gerald’s parents.

But as per the sources’ claim, we came to understand that Gerald had an average childhood. Gerald’s father was also his great role model, and as a child, Gerald was very close with his father.

Similarly, from a very early age, he was interested in Taekwondo. As a result, he joined the Taekwondo class when he was in grade five.

Meerschaert completed his primary education and high school education at Walden III Middle and High School.

However, Gerald never thought about being a professional fighter, even though he was interested in Taekwondo. 

Young Gerald Meerschaert with his Mom
Young Gerald Meerschaert with his Mom

Furthermore, Gerald enrolled at the college after completing high school, where he chose music education to be a music teacher.

Additionally, never in the wildest dreams had he thought of being a fighter. However, when Gerald started seeing MMA and UFC on television, he started to get interested in them.

Nonetheless, he finally decided to pursue fighting and began training at 19. Some years later, he debuted as an MMA fighter.

Since then, Gerald has never looked back as he has found the passion that drives his life.

Gerald Meerschaert | Career

Early Career

With perseverance and the will to make it as a professional fighter, Meerschaert entered the cut-throat world of MMA. 

Gerald started his professional MMA career in 2007. Moreover, he had an amateur MMA record of 1-0. 

At the beginning of his career, Gerald fought most of his fights at the Freestyle Combat Challenge. He won his first-ever match in MMA in 2007, two months after losing his first match with Jay Ellis. 

Similarly, after his last fight in freestyle combat in 2008, Gerald decided to join the Madtown Throwdown promotion. Undoubtedly, Gerald won the match via a rare-neck choke. 

However, even after so many years of joining MMA, Meerschaert didn’t fight in a cage match until 2009. Unfortunately, he lost his first cage match via kneebar, which he fought against Kenny Robertson.

Gerald Meerschaert height
Gerald is standing tall to conquer them all!

Throughout Gerald’s early career, he was seen in a lot of cage matches. But the game that brought a change in his life was the one that happened in his hometown, Racine.

Finally, he won the cage match against Morrison Lamb via a guillotine choke. 

After that, Gerald took a break from cage matches following his loss with the Goodman. However, he returned one and a half years later and faced Eddie Larrea, and amazingly won the game.

Also, Gerald fought his first match of 2016 for the Light Heavyweight division against Sidney Wheeler. However, Gerald forced Sidney to tap out by threatening him with a kimura. 

However, Gerald’s last match in MMA was with Chase Waldon for Middleweight Championship. Undoubtedly, Gerald won the game via submission and earned an RFA middleweight title.

UFC Career

Undoubtedly, joining UFC is a dream of many fighters. Similarly, Gerald Meerschaert also joined UFC in 2016 after ending his ten-year-long career in MMA.

Not surprisingly, Gerald won his first-ever match in UFC in 2016, his debut match. For that performance, Gerald even received the Performance of the match award. 

Since then, Gerald has been performing well in all of his fights. He has successfully made a name of his own.

Besides, many UFC lovers adore him, and he has even become people’s favorite.

Similarly, in 2020 his opponent Ian Wan tested positive for COVID-19 two days before their match. Though Anthony Ivy replaced Ian, he later found that the initial reports were false.

After testing again, Ian got the chance to face Gerald for the match. It ended up with Meerschaert’s loss. 

In August of 2020, Gerald had a match against Ed Herman for the light heavyweight title. Sadly, Gerald was tested positive for coronavirus on the day of the event.

Unfortunately, the MMA fighter had to pull out of the match, and UFC canceled the heavyweight title match.

Then the match was rescheduled for September 2020, but Gerald again withdrew due to some unknown reasons, and John Allan Arte replaced him.

However, the match that gave Gerald the maximum number of footage was with Khazmat Chimaev. Unfortunately, Gerald lost the game in just 17 seconds, which became the talk of the town.

Gerald Meerschaert Fighting
Gerald Meerschaert Fighting

At the beginning of 2021, he faced Khamzat Chimaev at UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley. Gerald lost the fight after 17 seconds due to a knockout in round one.

Similarly, after fighting against  Bartosz Fabiński at UFC on ESPN 22, he won the match via technical submission in round one.

Meerschaert is scheduled to face Abusupiyan Magomedov on December 18, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 199.

Highlights And Achievements 

  • Out of a total of 45 matches, Gerald has won 31 games in MMA.
  • Gerald Meerschaert has won Performance of the Night 2 times.
  • One-time Middleweight Champion.
  • Former Wisconsin State Middleweight Champion.
  • Gerald’s highest quarterly ranking: #29 Middleweight

Gerald Meerschaert | Age, Height, and Weight

Since the fighter was born on December 18, 1987, Meerschaert is 36 years old. As a professional athlete and MMA fighter, he takes care of his body quite well. 

Furthermore, the American fighter is reasonably fit and has a toned and athletic physique.

Besides that, this UFC champ is 6 ft 1 inch tall and weighs around 84kg. Meerschaert has beautiful blue eyes and brown hair. 

According to his birth chart horoscope, he is a Sagittarius. Undoubtedly, Gerald is a risk-taker; he never settles for less and is always trying new things. 

Also, the American-born has worked hard to be in the position in which he is today. This result comes from his hard work, dedication, and passion for his work.

Undoubtedly, Gerald is an inspiration to a lot of youths. He is a perfect example of “Hard work pays off.” From an ordinary person from an average family to a renowned fighter, the journey has been challenging.

Gerald Meerschaert | Personal Life

As of now, the UFC fighter has not been linked with anyone. Although rumors of him being in a relationship arise from time to time, he has not confirmed any of this news. 

Hence, he is living his life to the fullest possible now. However, he had shared the news of his going to be a father on his Instagram handle. 

This proves that Gerald is in a relationship. However, the fighter has kept his relationship secret, and nobody knows who the mother of his upcoming kid is.

It seems that the MMA fighter is very after the birth of his son. In an interview, he shared some happy moments with his kids.

I’m so lucky, but he just eats and sleeps and smiles. I’m the luckiest guy on earth – I need recovery. I really need sleep to perform my best. I don’t know if he just gets (my job) or what, but I’m all good.

For now, Gerald is focusing on his career. He is working hard to be in the position he has dreamt of achieving for himself.

However, Gerald is a timid person, and he likes keeping his personal life private.

Gerald Meerschaert | Net Worth and Salary

Without a doubt, Gerald has earned most of his wealth through his career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As per sources, Gerald has a net worth of $500,000.

But some sources assume Gerald’s salary to be $43,000.

Nonetheless, as sources claim, Gerald is currently living his best life.

Net Worth of Gerald Meerschaert in Different Currencies

Here is the net worth and payout of Gerald Meerschaert in different currencies, including the Euro and Pound.

Currency Net Worth
Euro 431,068 
Pound Sterling £363,769 
Australian Dollar A$674,043 
Canadian Dollar C$618,865 
Indian Rupee 37,517,500 
BitCoin ฿8 

Gerald Meerschaert | Social Media Presence

Instagram – 2.6k Followers

Twitter – 18.1k Followers

Check out Gerald’s skill with saxophone. Click to follow!

Some FAQs

Is Gerald Meerschaert in a relationship? Does he have a tattoo?

Yes, he is, but he has kept his love life private as he is a shy person.

Yes, Gerald Meerschaert has tattoos that are across his arm and on his chest as well. The lion tattoo on his chest is one of his popular kinds. 

What is Gerald Meerschaert MMA stat?

Gerald has been in 48 matches, out of which he has won 34 games. Well, his wins consist of six by knockout, two by decision, and 26 by submission. 

Likewise, his losses are three by knockout, eight by submission, and three by decision. 

What is Gerald Meerschaert’s rank?

Gerald Meerschaert has a black belt in Roufusport Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

When did Gerald Fight Against Deron Winn? Who won the match between Gerald Meerschaert and Makhmud Muradov?

Gerald fought against Deron Winn on March 7, 2020, at UFC 248 and won the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the third round.

The match between Gerald Meerschaert and Makhmud Muradov took place in August 2021. Back then, Gerald defeated Makhmud via submission in round two. 

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