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We have a pivotal fight in the Middleweight division, as Gerald “GM3” Meerschaert takes on Krzysztof Jotko. A winner of three straight, all via submission, Meerschaert comes into this fight with excellent momentum. Currently not ranked, one would think with a win over Jotko, there is a possibility Meerschaert could see a number next to his name. Meanwhile, Jotko has won four of his last five fights. The most recent victory against Misha Cirkunov was his tenth in the UFC, an impressive feat. With another victory, Jotko should assuredly be eyeballing a ranked fight next.

As for a prediction, I have Jotko winning. While Meerschaert is currently on his best win streak since joining the UFC in 2016, I believe that Jotko’s game can neutralize the submission specialist. Starting with Jotko’s takedowns defense. Sitting at 83% in the UFC, Jotko has proven to be tough to take down. And while Cirkunov managed to get Jotko down five times, the Pole stuffed twelve other takedowns and was only controlled for four minutes of the fifteen minute fight. Meerschaert being reliant on getting this fight to the ground, is going to have to work hard for it. Otherwise, on the feet, Jotko is the more technical and defensively sound fighter. Meerschaert is tough and isn’t afraid to brawl, but doesn’t quite have the technique of Jotko. Lastly, Meerschaert has made a living off weathering storms and taking over as his opponent’s cardio wanes. Jotko however has no cardio issues and has won via decision in nine of his ten UFC victories. Make it ten, as I believe Jotko gets it done once again via decision.

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