MMA Preview – Trevin Giles vs Gerald Meerschaert at UFC on ESPN 5

THE FACTS

When is UFC on ESPN 5? Saturday 3rd August, 2019 - 18:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN 5? Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

What channel is UFC on ESPN 5? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 5? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC on ESPN 5? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Trevin Giles and Gerald Meerschaert head to Newark, New Jersey looking to get back to winning ways. Giles suffered the first loss of his career in his last fight and Meerschaert has suffered two losses on the bounce.

Giles is only 26 years old and has bags of potential. He caught the attention of the UFC brass with nine finishes in a row and announced himself in the UFC with a knockout over James Bochnovic and Antonio Braga Neto but suffered his first loss in his last fight, getting submitted by Zak Cummings.

The experienced Meerschaert is 4-3 in the UFC and the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt got a taste of his own medicine by getting submitted by Jack Hermansson and lost a very tight decision against Kevin Holland in his last outing.

THE PREDICTION

Both men are extremely well-rounded and hopefully we will see a high-level mix of striking and grappling. That said, Giles will prefer to keep the fight standing and although Meerschaert will be happy to trade as a terrific kickboxer he will take any excuse to finish the fight on the mat.

On two losses in a row we could easily see Meerschaert play it safe and try and keep the fight on the floor and as Giles is a quality grappler himself, Meerschaert may gas out like he did against Holland to leave the door open for Giles, but this fight could go either way.

Winner: Giles via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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