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Meerschaert Makes UFC Debut on Dec. 9

Due to injury, New York middleweight Oluwale Bamgbose has been forced to withdraw from his bout against Joe Gigliotti, opening the door for veteran Gerald Meerschaert to enter the Octagon for the first time to face Gigliotti on December 9 in Albany.

The UFC Fight Night event, which airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from Times Union Center, is headlined by the heavyweight battle between Derrick Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov.

One of the most seasoned MMA fighters who hasn’t yet competed in the Octagon, Wisconsin’s Gerald “The Machine” Meerschaert is a 32-fight veteran who gets his shot at glory in December. A pro since 2007 who has 17 submission wins, including one over current UFC middleweight standout Sam Alvey, Meerschaert punched his ticket to the UFC with a five-fight winning streak that saw him finish each victory.

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