7:15 p.m. ET: The fighters are in the cage, and we’re ready to go!
UFC is headed to San Diego this weekend for Fight Night on ESPN and ESPN+. The preliminary card gets going at 4 p.m. ET and the main card starts at 7 p.m. The first fight on the main card will see Bruno Silva and Gerald Meerschaert face off in a middleweight bout.
Silva enters the bout with a career record of 22-7 with 19 wins by knockout and five of his losses coming via submission. In his last bout, he lost a unanimous decision to Alex Pereira at UFC Vegas 50 on March 12. Meerschaert enters the bout with a career record of 34-15 with 26 of his wins coming via submissions. His last bout came in an April Fight Night in which he lost a unanimous decision to Krzysztof Jotko.
Silva is -280 favorite to win at DraftKings Sportsbook while Meerschaert is a +235 underdog. The favored method of victory is Silva by stoppage at -150, followed by Silva via decision at 450. Meerschaert’s favored winning method is via submission at +500.
We’ll be providing live updates throughout the fight with round-by-round scoring until a winner is determined.
Bruno Silva vs. Gerald Meerschaert round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Meerschaert
A takedown with about two minutes left in the round took Silva by surprise, who seemed to have the best of it on their feet. Meerschaert also got free of the full mount and was on his feet swinging late in the round, but was unable to put Silva away. A 6-minute round might have been enough.
Round 2: 10-9 Meerschaert
Completely on the feet, Meerschaert was able to control a bit better than expected with some body kicks and being able to change the distance. A very close round, if it went the other way we’d be ok with it as Silva at times looked more dangerous.
Round 3: Gerald Meerschaert wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:39 of the third round
A HUGE left hook from Meerschaert put Silva on his back, and from there he went for the choke instead of the KO. It was hooked in perfectly, and Silva never had a chance of escape.
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