Melvin Manhoef

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Melvin Manhoef
Melvin-Manhoef2.jpg
Born (1976-05-11) 11 May 1976 (age 38)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Other names No Mercy
Nationality Surinamese
Dutch
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 83.9 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)
Division Welterweight (MMA)
Middleweight (MMA)
Light Heavyweight (MMA)
Heavyweight
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 43
Wins 29
By knockout 27
By decision 2
Losses 12
By knockout 4
By submission 7
By decision 1
Draws 1
No contests 1
Other information
Notable relatives Ismael Londt, nephew
Cedric Manhoef, cousin[2]
Notable students Ismael Londt, Cedric Manhoef
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 21 June 2014

Melvin Manhoef (born 11 May 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[3] 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.[4]

Background[edit]

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]

Career[edit]

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 Fábio 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.[5]

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.[6] It was the first time Hunt was finished by knockout in his MMA career. He fought former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho on 20 July 2009 at Dream 10.[7] 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.[8] Manhoef made his debut for the organization against Robbie Lawler on 30 January 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.[9]

Manhoef returned to the United States in March 2011, facing Tim Kennedy at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson.[10] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Manhoef in 2012.

On 31 January 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.[11] 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 6 October 2012 against Ryo Kawamura, followed by a quick knockout of Dennis Kang on 31 December 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 5 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 8 June 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 9 November 2013.[12][13][14]

Manhoef faced Evangelista Santos in a much-anticipated rematch for the Gringo Super Fight Welterweight title on 27 April.[15] 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.[16][17] He lost to Filip Verlinden in the quarter-finals, suffering a head kick knockdown in round one before losing a majority decision.[18][19][20]

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

Manhoef made his Bellator debut against Doug Marshall, in a middleweight bout, at Bellator 125 on 19 September 2014.[22] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Manhoef faced Glory veteran Joe Schilling on 15 November 2014 at Bellator 131.[23] After a dominant first round that saw Manhoef drop Schilling twice, he lost the fight in the second round due to a knockout.

Manhoef is next expected to face Alexander Shlemenko on 13 February 2015 at Bellator 133.[24]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

  • DREAM
    • 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 (Incomplete)[edit]

37 Wins (27 (T)KO's, 10 decisions), 12 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2014-07-25 Loss Spain César Córdoba International Fighting Championship Badalona, Spain TKO (Referee Stoppage) 1 2:59
2014-06-21 Loss Belgium Filip Verlinden Glory 17: Los Angeles - Last Man Standing, Quarter Finals Inglewood, California, USA Decision (Majority) 3 3:00
2013-11-09 Loss Azerbaijan Zabit Samedov Legend 2: Invasion, Semi Finals Moscow, Russia Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2012-01-28 Loss Suriname Tyrone Spong It's Showtime 2012 in Leeuwarden Leeuwarden, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2010-05-29 Loss Turkey Gokhan Saki It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands TKO (Referee Stoppage) 2
2009-09-26 Loss Netherlands Remy Bonjasky K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final 16 Seoul, Republic of Korea Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
Fails to qualify for K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final.
2009-08-29 Win Hungary Dénes Rácz It's Showtime 2009 Budapest Budapest, Hungary TKO (Ref. stop/gave up) 3 0:46
Wins It's Showtime 85MAX World title.
2009-08-11 Win Russia Ramazan Ramazanov K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 in Tokyo, Quarter Finals Tokyo, Japan KO (Punch) 1 2:16
Despite victory is unable to continue in the tournament due to a shin injury.
2009-05-16 Win Germany Stefan Leko It's Showtime 2009 Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands TKO (Ref. stop./leg injury) 3
2009-03-28 Loss Japan Kyotaro K-1 World GP 2009 in Yokohama, Semi Finals Yokohama, Japan KO (Right hook) 1 2:02
2008-12-06 Win Poland Paul Slowinski K-1 World GP 2008 Final, Reserve Fight Tokyo, Japan KO (Left hook) 1 2:26
2008-04-26 Loss Netherlands Remy Bonjasky K-1 World GP 2008 in Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands KO (Flying right high kick) 3 2:32
2007-06-23 Win Russia Ruslan Karaev K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands KO (Left hook) 1 0:31
2006-12-02 Loss New Zealand Ray Sefo K-1 World Grand Prix 2006, Reserve Fight Tokyo, Japan KO (Right hook) 1 0:40
2006-05-13 Win Japan Tatsufumi Tomihira K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Amsterdam, Quarter Finals Amsterdam, Netherlands KO (Punches) 1 2:10
Despite victory is unable to continue in the tournament due to injury.
2005-04-09 Win Japan Yuji Sakuragi Muay Thai Champions League XIV Amsterdam, Netherlands TKO (Referee stoppage) 2
2005-02-12 Loss Bosnia and Herzegovina Dzevad Poturak Gala Gym Alkmaar Alkmaar, Netherlands KO (Punches) 3 2:55
2002-04-21 Win Greece Stavros Anastiadis Victory or Hell 3 Amsterdam, Netherlands KO (Knee strike) 1
2002-02-24 Loss Netherlands Remy Bonjasky K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Preliminary Netherlands, Quarter Finals Arnhem, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
1999-03-27 Loss Suriname Ashwin Balrak The Fights of the Gladiators Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
1998-09-26 Win France Jean Jacques The Fight of the Champions Amsterdam, Netherlands KO (Left hook) 2
1996-03-16 Loss Morocco Samir Benazzouz Thai/Kickboxing Nijmegen Nijmegen, Netherlands KO 3

Upcoming MMA fight[edit]

Weight class Opponent Opponent's Record Event Date Notes
Middleweight Melvin Manhoef vs. Alexander Shlemenko Bellator 133 February 13, 2015 [26]


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 29–12–1 (1) Joe Schilling KO (punch) Bellator 131 November 15, 2014 2 0:32 San Diego, California, United States
Win 29–11–1 (1) Doug Marshall KO (punch) Bellator 125 September 19, 2014 1 1:45 Fresno, California, United States Return to Middleweight.
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 (clash of legs) 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 Fábio 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) M-1 MFC: Russia vs. the World 5 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melvin Manhoef profile
  2. ^ "Cedric Manhoef Superkombat World Champion 2013" (in Dutch). gfcnieuws.com. 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.mmafighting.com/2014/7/21/5924035/bellator-signs-melvin-manhoef
  4. ^ GLORY Middleweight Rankings: June
  5. ^ http://www.dreamofficial.com/free/fightcard/
  6. ^ http://www.fansofk1.com/article?aID=1750&Category=3
  7. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=mmajunkie-DREAM10_additions&prov=mmajunkie&type=lgns
  8. ^ "Manhoef Signs with Strikeforce". Sherdog. 
  9. ^ Jack Encarnacao. "The Weekly Wrap: June 12 - June 18". Sherdog. 
  10. ^ Dann Stupp. "Kennedy expected to meet Manhoef, not Rockhold, at "Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson"". MMAjunkie. 
  11. ^ Ray Hui. "Melvin Manhoef to Face Renato 'Babalu' Sobral at One FC 3". MMA Fighting. 
  12. ^ A Look at the Eclectic LEGEND: Invasion Fight Card
  13. ^ Legend 2: Invasion Live Results
  14. ^ Legend Invasion 2 gifs and results from Moscow
  15. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/events/23064-gsf-9
  16. ^ GLORY 17 Los Angeles Featuring PPV Tournament
  17. ^ GLORY 17: 'Last Man Standing' 8-man middleweight PPV announced for June 21
  18. ^ Glory 17 and Last Man Standing Live Results
  19. ^ Glory's Last Man Standing Results
  20. ^ Glory results: Artem Levin, Rico Verhoeven and Joseph Valtellini take home Glory gold 88
  21. ^ "Bellator Bolsters Roster With Paul Daley & Melvin Manhoef". TopMMANews.com. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  22. ^ "Sluggers Melvin Manhoef and Doug Marshall headline Bellator 125". mmajunkie.com. 2014-08-12. 
  23. ^ "Melvin Manhoef vs. Joe Schilling added to Bellator 131". 
  24. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Alexander-ShlemenkoMelvin-Manhoef-Middleweight-Tilt-Headlines-Feb-13-Bellator-Event-78329
  25. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/2/Sherdogcoms-2012-AllViolence-Team-48763
  26. ^ "Bellator 133 Fight Card". bellator.com. 2014-12-06. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 

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