Melvin Manhoef

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Melvin Manhoef
Born (1976-05-11) May 11, 1976 (age 38)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Other names No Mercy
Nationality Surinamese
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 77 kg (170 lb; 12 st 2 lb)
Division Welterweight (MMA)
Middleweight (MMA)
Light Heavyweight (MMA)
Heavyweight (Kickboxing)
Reach 72.5 in (184 cm)
Style Kickboxing
Fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Team Manhoef Fight & Fitness (2012 - present)
Mike's Gym (2005-2012)
Chakuriki Dojo (1998-2005)
Rock Gym (1995-1998)
Trainer Mike Passenier
Thom Harinck
Dennis Rock
Martin Jansen
Years active 1995–present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total 49
Wins 37
By knockout 27
Losses 12
By knockout 6
Mixed martial arts record
Total 41
Wins 28
By knockout 26
By decision 2
Losses 11
By knockout 3
By submission 7
By decision 1
Draws 1
No contests 1
Other information
Notable relatives Ismael Londt, nephew
Notable students Ismael Londt
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: June 21, 2014

Melvin Manhoef (born May 11, 1976) is a Surinamese-Dutch professional kickboxer and mixed martial artist. In kickboxing, he is the former It's Showtime 85MAX World Champion, and in MMA he was the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Champion. In mixed martial arts, he is currently competing in Bellator's Middleweight division[2]and has also formerly competed for Strikeforce, DREAM, RINGS, It's Showtime, K-1, ONE FC, and KSW. As of 5 June 2014, Manhoef is ranked the #8 Middleweight in the world by GLORY.[3]


Manhoef was born in Paramaribo, Suriname. When he was three years old his family moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Manhoef was involved in soccer during his youth, and was introduced to Muay Thai by his younger brother, Moreno. He started at Rock gym Zaandam but soon joined Choku Gym.[citation needed]


At the age of 18, Manhoef had his first fight, which he won by decision. He made his comeback in September 2001, as part of Chakuriki Gym. In 2004, Manhoef entered the Cage Rage promotion in London. He became the British Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion by beating Fabio Piamonte at Cage Rage 13. He defended his title for almost two years, until entering the K-1's MMA affiliate promotion Hero's in 2006. He won his first fight at Hero's 4 against Shungo Oyama by technical knockout in first round.

Melvin has switched his main focus to MMA over the past couple of years. He lost to Dong-sik Yoon by submission armbar in K-1 Dynamite!! USA, he defeated Bernard Ackah at K-1 Hero's Middleweight Tournament Opening Round, and also got a TKO win against Fabio Silva, a Chute Boxe fighter, by TKO in K-1 Hero's Middleweight GP Final. At Dream 4 Melvin fought Kazushi Sakuraba. Manhoef and Sakuraba circled the ring for the first minute of the fight, before Manhoef dropped Sakuraba with a hard right head kick and finished him via TKO (hammerfists) at 90 seconds into Round 1. With the win, Melvin had advanced to the semifinal round of the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix. At Dream 6 Melvin fought Gegard Mousasi as the tournament dictated. Wary of Manhoef's standup, Mousasi quickly took the fight to the ground despite attempts to shrug him with a sprawl. Mousasi took Manhoef's back until scrambling into a triangle choke at 1:28 of the first round, surviving a powerful slam attempt from Manhoef while he had the submission secured. Mousasi went on to win the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix.[4]

At Dynamite!! 2008 Melvin fought Mark Hunt as a late alternate at heavyweight, despite usually functioning at two weight classes below his opponent. Regardless of the size disadvantage, he knocked down the iron-jawed Samoan in 18 seconds and followed with punches as he was postured over Hunt, until the referee stopped the fight.[5] It was the first time Hunt was finished by knockout in his MMA career. He fought former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho on July 20, 2009 at Dream 10.[6] Despite early success on the feet with his striking offensive, Manhoef was taken down and submitted via armbar in the first round.

Manhoef signed a multi-year fight contract with Strikeforce.[7] Manhoef made his debut for the organization against Robbie Lawler on January 30, 2010 at Strikeforce: Miami. Despite a strong start with heavy leg kicks and punches, he was knocked out at 3:33 in the first round.

Manhoef fought Tatsuya Mizuno at Dream 15 and lost by submission.[8]

Manhoef returned to the United States in March 2011, facing Tim Kennedy at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson.[9] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Manhoef in 2012.

On January 31, 2012 it was announced that Manhoef had signed with ONE Fighting Championship and would be fighting Renato Sobral in the main event at ONE Fighting Championship 3.[10] However, Sobral pulled out of the fight and Manhoef faced Yoshiyuki Nakanishi. The fight ended in a No Contest due to an accidental injury to Manhoef's leg in round 1. Manhoef scored a knockout victory on October 6, 2012 against Ryo Kawamura, followed by a quick knockout of Dennis Kang on December 31, 2012. Melvin is now on a three fight win streak in mma and has gone 4-0 on New Year's Eve.

Recently Manhoef was training with the famous Black House in the United States. He helped his teammate Lyoto Machida train for a fight with Dan Henderson. Manhoef openly hopes to sign with the UFC after visiting UFC 156 in Las Vegas and meeting with Dana White.

In 2013 Manhoef fought UFC veteran Brock Larson at ONE FC on the 5th of April. After controlling the standup and Larson literally running away from him, Manhoef was repeatedly taken down in the last two rounds and Larson won via unanimous decision. He lost to Mamed Khalidov at KSW23 on June 8, 2013.

He lost to Zabit Samedov by unanimous decision in the semi-finals of the 93 kg/205 lb kickboxing tournament at Legend 2: Invasion in Moscow, Russia on November 9, 2013.[11][12][13]

Manhoef faced Evangelista Santos in a much-anticipated rematch for the Gringo Super Fight Welterweight title on April 27.[14] The fight was Melvin's first at 170 lbs. Manhoef won the bout via TKO, early in the first round.

It was announced during the Glory 15: Istanbul broadcast that Manhoef would be one of eight fighters competing in the Glory 17: Los Angeles - Last Man Standing middleweight tournament in Inglewood, California, United States on June 21, 2014.[15][16] He lost to Filip Verlinden in the quarter-finals, suffering a head kick knockdown in round one before losing a majority decision.[17][18][19]

On July 21, 2014, Bellator MMA announced that they signed Paul Daley along with Melvin Manhoef. [20]

Manhoef is set to make is Bellator Debut against Doug Marshall, in a middleweight bout, to headline Bellator 125 on September 19, 2014.[21]

He is expected to fight Mahmoud Hassan in the semi-finals of a heavyweight tournament at Global FC 4 in Dubai, UAE on October 16, 2014.[22]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]


Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

    • DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Semi Finalist
  • K-1 Hero's
    • 2006 Hero's Light Heavyweight finalist
  • Gringo Super Fight
    • 2014 GSF Welterweight Champion

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record (Incomplete)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 28–11–1 (1) Evangelista Santos TKO (punches) Gringo Super Fight 10 April 27, 2014 1 0:46 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Won the Gringo Super Fight Welterweight Title.
Loss 27–11–1 (1) Mamed Khalidov Submission (guillotine choke) KSW 23 June 8, 2013 1 2:09 Gdansk, Poland Catchweight (87 kg) bout; Khalidov failed to make weight.
Loss 27–10–1 (1) Brock Larson Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Kings and Champions April 5, 2013 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 27–9–1 (1) Denis Kang TKO (knee to the body) Dream 18 December 31, 2012 1 0:50 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 26–9–1 (1) Ryo Kawamura KO (punch) ONE FC: Rise of Kings October 6, 2012 1 4:40 Kallang, Singapore
Win 25–9–1 (1) Jae Young Kim Decision (split) Road FC 9: Beatdown September 15, 2012 3 5:00 Wonju Chiak Indoor Gym, South Korea
NC 24–9–1 (1) Yoshiyuki Nakanishi NC (accidental injury) ONE FC: War of the Lions March 31, 2012 1 2:08 Kallang, Singapore Gash on Manhoef's leg rendered him unable to continue.
Loss 24–9–1 Tim Kennedy Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson March 5, 2011 1 3:41 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 24–8–1 Tatsuya Mizuno Submission (kimura) Dream 15 July 10, 2010 1 7:23 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Dream Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Loss 24–7–1 Robbie Lawler KO (punch) Strikeforce: Miami January 30, 2010 1 3:33 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 24–6–1 Kazuo Misaki TKO (punches) Dynamite!! 2009 December 31, 2009 1 1:49 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 23–6–1 Paulo Filho Submission (armbar) Dream 10 July 20, 2009 1 2:35 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 23–5–1 Mark Hunt KO (punches) Dynamite!! 2008 December 31, 2008 1 0:18 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Heavyweight bout.
Loss 22–5–1 Gegard Mousasi Submission (triangle choke) Dream 6 September 23, 2008 1 1:28 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Dream Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 22–4–1 Kazushi Sakuraba KO (punches) Dream 4 June 15, 2008 1 1:30 Yokohama, Japan Dream Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 21–4–1 Dae Won Kim TKO (knee & punches) Dream 3 May 11, 2008 1 4:08 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Dream Middleweight Grand Prix Reserve bout.
Win 20–4–1 Yosuke Nishijima TKO (punches) K-1 PREMIUM 2007 Dynamite!! December 31, 2007 1 1:49 Osaka, Japan
Win 19–4–1 Fabio Silva TKO (punches) Hero's 10 September 17, 2007 1 1:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 18–4–1 Bernard Ackah TKO (punches) Hero's 9 July 16, 2007 1 2:13 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 17–4–1 Dong Sik Yoon Submission (armbar) K-1 Dynamite!! USA June 2, 2007 2 1:17 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 17–3–1 Yoshiki Takahashi TKO (punches) Hero's 8 March 12, 2007 1 2:36 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 16–3–1 Yoshihiro Akiyama Submission (armbar) Hero's 7 October 9, 2006 1 1:58 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Final.
Win 16–2–1 Shungo Oyama TKO (punches) Hero's 7 October 9, 2006 1 1:04 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 15–2–1 Crosley Gracie TKO (punches) Hero's 6 August 5, 2006 1 9:12 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 14–2–1 Ian Freeman KO (punches) Cage Rage 17 July 1, 2006 1 0:17 London, England Defended the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 13–2–1 Shungo Oyama TKO (cut) Hero's 4 March 15, 2006 1 2:51 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–2–1 Evangelista Santos KO (punches) Cage Rage 15 February 4, 2006 2 3:51 London, England Defended the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 11–2–1 Fabio Piamonte KO (punches) Cage Rage 13 September 10, 2005 1 0:51 London, England Won the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 10–2–1 Paul Cahoon TKO (punches) CFC 4 Cage Carnage July 3, 2005 1 N/A Liverpool, England
Win 9–2–1 Bob Schrijber Decision (unanimous) It's Showtime Boxing & MMA Event 2005 Amsterdam June 12, 2005 2 5:00 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 8–2–1 Ladislav Zak TKO (corner stoppage) Queens Fight Night April 30, 2005 1 0:37 Eindhoven, Netherlands
Win 7–2–1 Matthias Riccio TKO (punches) Cage Rage 10 February 26, 2005 1 3:01 London, England
Loss 6–2–1 Rodney Glunder KO (punches) It's Showtime 2004 Amsterdam May 20, 2004 2 4:43 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 6–1–1 Slavomir Molnar KO (punches) Heaven or Hell 4 April 8, 2004 1 N/A Prague, Czech Republic
Win 5–1–1 Alexandr Garkushenko TKO (punches) 2H2H 13: Russia vs the World April 6, 2003 1 6:57 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Loss 4–1–1 Bob Schrijber KO (punches) 2H2H 11: Simply the Best March 16, 2003 1 4:04 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 4–0–1 Mika Ilmén KO (punch) It's Showtime – As Usual / Battle Time September 29, 2002 1 0:35 Haarlem, Netherlands
Win 3–0–1 Paul Cahoon TKO (corner stoppage) Rings Holland: Saved by the Bell June 2, 2002 2 2:07 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 2–0–1 Husein Cift KO (punches) Hoogwoud Free Fight Gala December 15, 2001 1 1:50 Hoogwoud, Netherlands
Draw 1–0–1 Rodney Glunder Draw Rings Holland: The Kings of the Magic Ring June 20, 1999 2 5:00 Utrecht, Netherlands
Win 1–0 Jordy Jonkers TKO (palm strike) Battle of Amstelveen II December 2, 1995 2 3:37 Amstelveen, Netherlands

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