CAGE FURY Fighting Championships is organizing a big grappling event on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Dubbed “FURY Pro Grappling 7”, this event will take place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, with its headliner being a grappling bout between two renowned UFC fighters, Joe Pyfer and Gerald Meerschaert.

Before Betting on Joe Pyfer vs Gerald Meerschaert FURY Pro Grappling Fight

Forty-nine days after fighting an MMA bout in the UFC, Joe Pyfer vs Gerald Meerschaert meet again. Pyfer won the fight by TKO, but this time, there’s no punching and kicking, only grappling. So, who’s the better grappler of the two?

The short answer is Gerald Meerschaert. He’s a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who’s most comfortable when fighting on the ground. The evidence of this is that he’s got a submission-to-win ratio of 77.14% in mixed martial arts. In the UFC, his percentage is even higher (90%).

He did lose 50% of his MMA fights by submission, but the last time it happened was in 2018 when Swedish-Norwegian grappling/wrestling expert Jack Hermansson beat him by guillotine choke.

Joe Pyfer probably doesn’t have the grappling skillset necessary to do the same to him. Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus is more of a striker than a grappler, which is why we don’t expect him to do much in the main event of FURY Pro Grappling 7.

Still, Pyfer will have one major advantage over Meerschaert on May 27. The bout is taking place in his hometown of Philadelphia and the crowd at the 2300 Arena is likely to be on his side.

Joe Pyfer vs Gerald Meerschaert Offshore Odds and Pick

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The FURY Pro Grappling 7 odds are available at BetOnline and they suggest it’s Pyfer who’s (slightly) more likely to win with a -125 price. However, we think Meerschaert is better grappling-wise, which is why our betting pick is “The Machine” at -105 odds.

Pick: Gerald Meerschaert to win