Gerald Meerschaert vs. Eric Spicely booked for December's TUF 26 Finale

A middleweight bout between Gerald Meerschaert and Eric Spicely is the first addition to December’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale lineup.

Spicely (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) announced the bout with Meerschaert (26-9 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on social media following an initial report from (via Instagram):

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The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale takes place Dec. 1 at Park Theatre in Las Vegas. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

After getting off to a hot start to his UFC career with back-to-back first-round submission victories, Meerschaert suffered his first octagon defeat in July when he dropped a second-round TKO to Thiago Santos at UFC 213. The upcoming bout will be his fourth in less than a year since joining the promotion.

Spicely, meanwhile, also had a stretch of consecutive first-round submission wins going into his previous bout. Similar to Meerschaert, though, his was abruptly halted in the form of a second-round submission loss to Antonio Carlos Junior at UFC 212 in June.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 213 results: Thiago 'Marreta' Santos pounds out Gerald Meerschaert, calls out Gegard Mousasi

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Thiago “Marreta” Santos hurt Gerald Meerschaert with punches early in their fight, but it took him another round to seal the deal.

With Meerschaert (26-9 MMA, 2-1 UFC) clearly wounded but surviving, Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) kept pouring on the punishment as he avoided his opponent’s increasingly desperate takedown attempts, until finally referee Marc Goddard had no choice but to call a halt to the action at the 2:04 mark of Round 2.

The middleweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of and a main card on pay-per-view.

Santos stung Meershcaert with a kick right away in this fight, which immediately prompted Meerschaert to try and take the fight to the mat. That would prove to be his strategy throughout the fight, but it only got him into more trouble as Santos defended well and then hammered away with punches once Meerschaert’s takedown attempts had stalled.

Meerschaert got a brief moment to collect himself after an accidental eye poke from Santos midway through the first, and by then Santos was leaking blood from a deep cut along his scalp. But as soon as the action commenced again it was Santos in control, hurting Meerschaert with his strikes from every angle.

By the second, Meerschaert’s attempts to take the fight down were far more obvious and thus more easily defended by Santos, and once those fell short they gave Santos the opportunity to unload with punches. With Meerschaert hurt and unable to do much more than cover up, Goddard stepped in just slightly over two minutes into the second frame, giving Santos the TKO victory.

After the fight, Santos used his in-cage interview to call for a rematch with Gegard Mousasi, a fighter he lost to one year ago to the day at UFC 200. But Santos took that fight on short notice as an injury replacement and now wants to fight Mousasi with a full camp.

“This fight was very important to me,” Santos said. “Gerald is a tough fighter, but I am tougher and I showed that tonight. I feel that I am getting back to where I should be in the division. With one or two more wins, I would like to rematch Gegard Mousasi. I believe that fight will end very differently as I have continued to grow as a fighter and I want to show that to the world. I will continue to finish whoever is put in front of me.”

The win makes it two in a row in the UFC for Santos. Meerschaert’s loss snaps a seven-fight winning streak.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 213 results include:

For complete coverage UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marroco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware, James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles added to UFC 213 lineup

A pair of fights have been added to next week’s UFC 213 lineup at the 11th hour, giving four prospects a chance to make their promotional debuts.

Cody Stamann (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on Terrion Ware (17-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout, and James Bochnovic (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Trevin Giles (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at light heavyweight. UFC officials announced the matchups today, both of which will stream on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Along with the two new bouts, the UFC made official a heavyweight bout for the main card. The fight between Curtis Blayes (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) shifts from the FS1 prelims to the main card in the wake of the removal of the welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Robbie Lawler due to a Cerrone injury. And moving up from UFC Fight Pass to FS1 is the middleweight bout between Gerald Meerschaert (26-8 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (14-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC).

Michigan native Stamann heads to the UFC on the strength of a six-fight winning streak. In March, he knocked out Bill Kamery in the main event of a KnockOut Promotions event in his home state. Ware, an RFA veteran, has won four straight fights. In April, he knocked out UFC and WSOF veteran Jared Papazian at a CXF event. The win gave him a measure of revenge after a decision loss to Papazian in 2013.

Bochnovic, who trains with UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell, has won eight straight fights after being submitted in his pro debut nearly three years ago. Since then, all eight of his wins are by stoppage, and the most recent seven have been by submission. Just a month ago, he tapped Bellator, Titan FC and RFA vet Wayman Carter with an armbar just 85 seconds into their fight.

Giles, from Texas, brings his unbeaten record into the fight with Bochnovic. Eight of his nine wins are by stoppage, including five submissions. In February, he went to the judges for the first time in his pro career and took a split decision from Ryan Spann in the LFA 3 main event.

The UFC 213 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
  • Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis


  • Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Chad Laprise
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
  • Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware
  • James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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