UFC 287 - Joe Pyfer tees off on Gerald Meerschaert for first-round TKO (video)

MIAMI – UFC 287 takes place Saturday and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results.

UFC 287 takes place at Kaseya Center in Miami. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

In the main event, middleweight champion Alex Pereira (7-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) puts his title on the line for the first time against former champ Israel Adesanya (23-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC). Pereira upset Adesanya for the title this past November and also holds two kickboxing wins over him. In the co-feature, Gilbert Burns (21-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) takes on Miami’s own Jorge Masvidal (35-16 MMA, 12-9 UFC) in a key welterweight bout.

During “Dana White’s Contender Series” in 2022, the UFC president coined the catchphrase “Be Joe Pyfer.”

At UFC 287, Pyfer (11-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) continued to show why fighters should take White’s advice. Pyfer took a step up in competition and finished longtime UFC middleweight Gerald Meerschaert (35-16 MMA, 10-8 UFC) with punches at 3:15 of Round 1. The event took place Saturday at Kaseya Center in Miami.

A right-left combination put Meerschaert to the canvas. Though he initially looked to be moving toward a return to the feet, Meerschaert flipped to his stomach and covered up. Pyfer pounded away as Meerschaert moved, but his body language was not sufficient enough for referee Marc Goddard, who waved off the fight.


Pyfer, 26, has won both of his UFC bouts by knockout. In September, Pyfer made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 210 and knocked out Alen Amedovski in 3:55. Meerschaert, 35, moved to 1-2 in his most recent three, but has won four of six.

The up-to-the-minute UFC 287 results include:

  • Joe Pyfer def. Gerald Meerschaert via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:15
  • Loopy Godinez def. Cynthia Calvillo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Ignacio Bahamondes def. Trey Ogden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Steve Garcia def. Shayilan Nuerdanbieke via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:36
  • Sam Hughes def. Jaqueline Amorim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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