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After being on sidelines for 13 months, Gerald Meerschaert talks about returning at Valor Fights 36

The main event of tomorrow night’s Valor Fights 36 will be a catchweight bout of 200 pounds as Gerald Meerschaert is stepping up on short notice to replace Joe Riggs against current Valor Fights middleweight champion Sidney Wheeler.

Meerschaert (22-8) enters this fight on a three fight winning streak and is coming off a stoppage win against Lucas Rota at Titan FC 34. When he steps into the cage tomorrow night at Valor Fights 36, it will have been nearly thirteen months since his last fight and Meerschaert stated on Wednesday’s edition of “The MMA Report Podcast” that the last year has been frustrating.

“It’s definitely been frustrating having guys back out. Having people when I step up to take a short notice fight and then the other guys camp saying they don’t want to do it because it’s short notice,” Meerschaert said. “It’s like man, you have been getting ready for a fight. What excuse do you have? But other than that, MMA is like any other fighting system or anything else. It’s a skill you learn over time and you don’t become a master craftsman by not practicing. So I have to sharpen my skills and expand my tool belt every day. So no matter what, I am staying in the gym. Not having a fight sucks.”

Check out Meerschaert’s┬ácomplete interview from Wednesday’s episode of “The MMA Report Podcast” below and be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher.