Gerald Meerschaert had a big come-back year in 2021 after going through a rough 2020. The UFC middleweight went 1-2 last year with both losses coming by knockout.

This year was much smoother as Gerald Meerschaert picked up three wins in the UFC with all of them coming by submission. He reveals the secret to his come-back was taking a step back and resting before returning to the cage.

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“MMA is a crazy, unforgiving sport,” Meerschaert told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at a post-fight news conference. “Anything can happen. I got clipped pretty good in my fight with Heinisch and then after that I got put out pretty bad. That was a scary one to watch for me later on because I saw later that I was up in the cage and everything, I didn’t wake up until I was back here somewhere (points backstage).

“So that whole thing of me standing there, I don’t remember none of that, so that’s when I was like OK, I need to take a break. I need to make sure my head is good and credit to the UFC, they had no problem with that. They’re like, ‘Yeah, get your head right, make sure everything is functioning’ and that seemed to do the trick. Got my head square on my shoulders, I knew I still had a lot of really hard work to do and just kept my nose to the grindstone.”

Gerald Meerschaert finishes the year 3-0 and is looking for a big 2022. His latest victory moves him into an excellent position and will see him have bigger opportunities heading into next year.