Melvin Manhoef

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Melvin Manhoef
Melvin-Manhoef2.jpg
Born(1976-05-11) 11 May 1976 (age 38)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Other namesNo Mercy
NationalitySurinamese
Dutch
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight83.9 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)
DivisionWelterweight (MMA)
Middleweight (MMA)
Light Heavyweight (MMA)
Heavyweight
Heavyweight (Kickboxing)
Reach72.5 in (184 cm)
StyleKickboxing
Fighting out ofAmsterdam, Netherlands
TeamManhoef Fight & Fitness (2012 - present)
Mike's Gym (2005-2012)
Chakuriki Dojo (1998-2005)
Rock Gym (1995-1998)
TrainerMike Passenier
Thom Harinck
Dennis Rock
Martin Jansen
Years active1995–present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total49
Wins37
By knockout27
Losses12
By knockout6
Mixed martial arts record
Total44
Wins29
By knockout27
By decision2
Losses13
By knockout5
By submission7
By decision1
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Notable relativesIsmael Londt, nephew
Cedric Manhoef, cousin[2]
Notable studentsIsmael Londt, Cedric Manhoef
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 21 June 2014
 
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Melvin Manhoef
Melvin-Manhoef2.jpg
Born(1976-05-11) 11 May 1976 (age 38)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Other namesNo Mercy
NationalitySurinamese
Dutch
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight83.9 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)
DivisionWelterweight (MMA)
Middleweight (MMA)
Light Heavyweight (MMA)
Heavyweight
Heavyweight (Kickboxing)
Reach72.5 in (184 cm)
StyleKickboxing
Fighting out ofAmsterdam, Netherlands
TeamManhoef Fight & Fitness (2012 - present)
Mike's Gym (2005-2012)
Chakuriki Dojo (1998-2005)
Rock Gym (1995-1998)
TrainerMike Passenier
Thom Harinck
Dennis Rock
Martin Jansen
Years active1995–present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total49
Wins37
By knockout27
Losses12
By knockout6
Mixed martial arts record
Total44
Wins29
By knockout27
By decision2
Losses13
By knockout5
By submission7
By decision1
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Notable relativesIsmael Londt, nephew
Cedric Manhoef, cousin[2]
Notable studentsIsmael 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 next faced Alexander Shlemenko on 13 February 2015 at Bellator 133.[24] He lost via knockout early in the second round.

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

37 Wins (27 (T)KO's, 10 decisions), 12 Losses
DateResultOpponentEventLocationMethodRoundTime
2014-07-25LossSpain César CórdobaInternational Fighting ChampionshipBadalona, SpainTKO (Referee Stoppage)12:59
2014-06-21LossBelgium Filip VerlindenGlory 17: Los Angeles - Middleweight Last Man Standing Tournament, Quarter FinalsInglewood, California, USADecision (Majority)33:00
2013-11-09LossAzerbaijan Zabit SamedovLegend 2: Invasion, Semi FinalsMoscow, RussiaDecision (Unanimous)33:00
2012-01-28LossSuriname Tyrone SpongIt's Showtime 2012 in LeeuwardenLeeuwarden, NetherlandsDecision (Unanimous)33:00
2010-05-29LossTurkey Gokhan SakiIt's Showtime 2010 AmsterdamAmsterdam, NetherlandsTKO (Referee Stoppage)2
2009-09-26LossNetherlands Remy BonjaskyK-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final 16Seoul, Republic of KoreaDecision (Unanimous)33:00
Fails to qualify for K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final.
2009-08-29WinHungary Dénes RáczIt's Showtime 2009 BudapestBudapest, HungaryTKO (Ref. stop/gave up)30:46
Wins It's Showtime 85MAX World title.
2009-08-11WinRussia Ramazan RamazanovK-1 World Grand Prix 2009 in Tokyo, Quarter FinalsTokyo, JapanKO (Punch)12:16
Despite victory is unable to continue in the tournament due to a shin injury.
2009-05-16WinGermany Stefan LekoIt's Showtime 2009 AmsterdamAmsterdam, NetherlandsTKO (Ref. stop./leg injury)3
2009-03-28LossJapan KyotaroK-1 World GP 2009 in Yokohama, Semi FinalsYokohama, JapanKO (Right hook)12:02
2008-12-06WinPoland Paul SlowinskiK-1 World GP 2008 Final, Reserve FightTokyo, JapanKO (Left hook)12:26
2008-04-26LossNetherlands Remy BonjaskyK-1 World GP 2008 in AmsterdamAmsterdam, NetherlandsKO (Flying right high kick)32:32
2007-06-23WinRussia Ruslan KaraevK-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in AmsterdamAmsterdam, NetherlandsKO (Left hook)10:31
2006-12-02LossNew Zealand Ray SefoK-1 World Grand Prix 2006, Reserve FightTokyo, JapanKO (Right hook)10:40
2006-05-13WinJapan Tatsufumi TomihiraK-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Amsterdam, Quarter FinalsAmsterdam, NetherlandsKO (Punches)12:10
Despite victory is unable to continue in the tournament due to injury.
2005-04-09WinJapan Yuji SakuragiMuay Thai Champions League XIVAmsterdam, NetherlandsTKO (Referee stoppage)2
2005-02-12LossBosnia and Herzegovina Dzevad PoturakGala Gym AlkmaarAlkmaar, NetherlandsKO (Punches)32:55
2002-04-21WinGreece Stavros AnastiadisVictory or Hell 3Amsterdam, NetherlandsKO (Knee strike)1
2002-02-24LossNetherlands Remy BonjaskyK-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Preliminary Netherlands, Quarter FinalsArnhem, NetherlandsDecision (Unanimous)33:00
1999-03-27LossSuriname Ashwin BalrakThe Fights of the GladiatorsAmsterdam, NetherlandsDecision (Unanimous)53:00
1998-09-26WinFrance Jean JacquesThe Fight of the ChampionsAmsterdam, NetherlandsKO (Left hook)2
1996-03-16LossMorocco Samir BenazzouzThai/Kickboxing NijmegenNijmegen, NetherlandsKO3

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss29–13–1 (1)Russia Alexander ShlemenkoKO (spinning back fist)Bellator 133February 13, 201521:25Fresno, California, United States
Loss29–12–1 (1)United States Joe SchillingKO (punch)Bellator 131November 15, 201420:32San Diego, California, United States
Win29–11–1 (1)United States Doug MarshallKO (punch)Bellator 125September 19, 201411:45Fresno, California, United StatesReturn to Middleweight.
Win28–11–1 (1)Brazil Evangelista SantosTKO (punches)Gringo Super Fight 10April 27, 201410:46Rio de Janeiro, BrazilWon the Gringo Super Fight Welterweight Title.
Loss27–11–1 (1)Poland Mamed KhalidovSubmission (guillotine choke)KSW 23June 8, 201312:09Gdańsk, PolandCatchweight (87 kg) bout; Khalidov failed to make weight.
Loss27–10–1 (1)United States Brock LarsonDecision (unanimous)ONE Fighting Championship: Kings and ChampionsApril 5, 201335:00Kallang, Singapore
Win27–9–1 (1)Canada Denis KangTKO (knee to the body)Dream 18December 31, 201210:50Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win26–9–1 (1)Japan Ryo KawamuraKO (punch)ONE FC: Rise of KingsOctober 6, 201214:40Kallang, Singapore
Win25–9–1 (1)Jae Young KimDecision (split)Road FC 9: BeatdownSeptember 15, 201235:00Wonju Chiak Indoor Gym, South Korea
NC24–9–1 (1)Yoshiyuki NakanishiNC (clash of legs)ONE FC: War of the LionsMarch 31, 201212:08Kallang, SingaporeGash on Manhoef's leg rendered him unable to continue.
Loss24–9–1Tim KennedySubmission (rear-naked choke)Strikeforce: Feijao vs. HendersonMarch 5, 201113:41Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss24–8–1Tatsuya MizunoSubmission (kimura)Dream 15July 10, 201017:23Saitama, Saitama, JapanDream Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Loss24–7–1Robbie LawlerKO (punch)Strikeforce: MiamiJanuary 30, 201013:33Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win24–6–1Kazuo MisakiTKO (punches)Dynamite!! 2009December 31, 200911:49Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss23–6–1Paulo FilhoSubmission (armbar)Dream 10July 20, 200912:35Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win23–5–1Mark HuntKO (punches)Dynamite!! 2008December 31, 200810:18Saitama, Saitama, JapanHeavyweight bout.
Loss22–5–1Gegard MousasiSubmission (triangle choke)Dream 6September 23, 200811:28Saitama, Saitama, JapanDream Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win22–4–1Kazushi SakurabaKO (punches)Dream 4June 15, 200811:30Yokohama, JapanDream Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win21–4–1Dae Won KimTKO (knee and punches)Dream 3May 11, 200814:08Saitama, Saitama, JapanDream Middleweight Grand Prix Reserve bout.
Win20–4–1Yosuke NishijimaTKO (punches)K-1 PREMIUM 2007 Dynamite!!December 31, 200711:49Osaka, Japan
Win19–4–1Fábio SilvaTKO (punches)Hero's 10September 17, 200711:00Yokohama, Japan
Win18–4–1Bernard AckahTKO (punches)Hero's 9July 16, 200712:13Yokohama, Japan
Loss17–4–1Dong Sik YoonSubmission (armbar)K-1 Dynamite!! USAJune 2, 200721:17Los Angeles, California, United States
Win17–3–1Yoshiki TakahashiTKO (punches)Hero's 8March 12, 200712:36Nagoya, Japan
Loss16–3–1Yoshihiro AkiyamaSubmission (armbar)Hero's 7October 9, 200611:58Yokohama, JapanHero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Final.
Win16–2–1Shungo OyamaTKO (punches)Hero's 7October 9, 200611:04Yokohama, JapanHero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win15–2–1Crosley GracieTKO (punches)Hero's 6August 5, 200619:12Tokyo, JapanHero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win14–2–1Ian FreemanKO (punches)Cage Rage 17July 1, 200610:17London, EnglandDefended the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win13–2–1Shungo OyamaTKO (cut)Hero's 4March 15, 200612:51Tokyo, Japan
Win12–2–1Evangelista SantosKO (punches)Cage Rage 15February 4, 200623:51London, EnglandDefended the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win11–2–1Fabio PiamonteKO (punches)Cage Rage 13September 10, 200510:51London, EnglandWon the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win10–2–1Paul CahoonTKO (punches)CFC 4 Cage CarnageJuly 3, 20051N/ALiverpool, England
Win9–2–1Bob SchrijberDecision (unanimous)It's Showtime Boxing & MMA Event 2005 AmsterdamJune 12, 200525:00Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win8–2–1Ladislav ZakTKO (corner stoppage)Queens Fight NightApril 30, 200510:37Eindhoven, Netherlands
Win7–2–1Matthias RiccioTKO (punches)Cage Rage 10February 26, 200513:01London, England
Loss6–2–1Rodney GlunderKO (punches)It's Showtime 2004 AmsterdamMay 20, 200424:43Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win6–1–1Slavomir MolnarKO (punches)Heaven or Hell 4April 8, 20041N/APrague, Czech Republic
Win5–1–1Alexandr GarkushenkoTKO (punches)M-1 MFC: Russia vs. the World 5April 6, 200316:57Saint Petersburg, Russia
Loss4–1–1Bob SchrijberKO (punches)2H2H 11: Simply the BestMarch 16, 200314:04Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win4–0–1Mika IlménKO (punch)It's Showtime – As Usual / Battle TimeSeptember 29, 200210:35Haarlem, Netherlands
Win3–0–1Paul CahoonTKO (corner stoppage)Rings Holland: Saved by the BellJune 2, 200222:07Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win2–0–1Husein CiftKO (punches)Hoogwoud Free Fight GalaDecember 15, 200111:50Hoogwoud, Netherlands
Draw1–0–1Rodney GlunderDrawRings Holland: The Kings of the Magic RingJune 20, 199925:00Utrecht, Netherlands
Win1–0Jordy JonkersTKO (palm strike)Battle of Amstelveen IIDecember 2, 199523:37Amstelveen, 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

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