Gerald Meerschaert vs. Ed Herman - 8/1/20 UFC Fight Night 173 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Gerald Meerschaert vs. Ed Herman - 8/1/20 UFC Fight Night 173 Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Herman vs. Gerald Meerschaert

Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:00 PM (UFC APEX)

The Line: Gerald Meerschaert -185 / Ed Herman +160 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Ed Herman and Gerald Meerschaert fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 173 at the UFC APEX.

Ed Herman enters this fight with a 25-14-1 record and has won 52 percent of his fights by submission. Herman has split his last 10 fights and is coming off a November win over Khadis Ibragimov. Herman is averaging 3.33 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49 percent. Herman is averaging 2.20 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 48 percent. Herman is coming off a decision win at UFC Fight Night 163 where he landed 121 total strikes and 57 percent of his significant strikes. Herman has produced back-to-back victories and looks to win three straight fights for the first time since 2011-12. Herman comes from a wrestling background and is a black belt in BJJ. Herman is known for his ground game and has 13 career submissions, but he’s also tough as nails and is willing to trade in the clinch while throwing bombs the other way. We saw it in his last fight, Herman can get nasty on the feet and land some powerful punches and knees. This will be Herman’s seventh career fight in Las Vegas.

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Gerald Meerschaert enters this fight with a 31-13 record and has won 74 percent of his fights by submission. Meerschaert has split his last eight fights and is coming off a June loss to Ian Heinisch. Meerschaert is averaging 3.31 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42 percent. Meerschaert is averaging 2.34 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 43 percent. Meerschaert is coming off a first round knockout loss at UFC 250 where he was pretty much dominated from the start. Meerschaert hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the fourth time in his career. Meerschaert has an early background in Taekwondo, and he’s a black belt in both kickboxing and BJJ. Meerschaert is most known for his ground game, as he has 23 career submissions and has produced submissions in each of his last three victories. Meerschaert is a nightmare once a fight goes to the canvas, but he can also hold his own standing up, as he gets in and out of his shots well and has some underrated pop. This will be Meerschaert’s sixth career fight in Las Vegas.

This has a chance to be one of the better fights on the entire card, as both of these guys are high level submission artists but can also get busy on the feet where they pack a punch and have toughness. Meerschaert is probably the more balanced fighter between the two and is somebody you don’t want to go to the canvas with. However, Herman was absolutely dominant in his last fight and has the takedown defense that should allow him to maybe make Meerschaert uncomfortable. If Herman can get this fight in the clinch and land bombs like his last time out, he’s got more than a punchers chance.

I kind of like Herman and the big plus money.

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Randy’s Pick Ed Herman +160

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.