Melvin Manhoef

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Melvin Manhoef
Melvin-Manhoef2.jpg
Born(1976-05-11) May 11, 1976 (age 37)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Other namesNo Mercy
NationalitySurinamese
Dutch
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1][2]
Weight85 kg (187 lb; 13 st 5 lb)
DivisionWelterweight (MMA)
Middleweight (MMA)
Light Heavyweight (MMA)
Heavyweight
Heavyweight (Kickboxing)
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
Total48
Wins37
By knockout27
Losses11
By knockout6
Mixed martial arts record
Total40
Wins27
By knockout25
By decision2
Losses11
By knockout3
By submission7
By decision1
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Notable relativesIsmael Londt, nephew
Cedric Manhoef, cousin
Notable studentsIsmael Londt, Cedric Manhoef
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 8, 2013
 
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Melvin Manhoef
Melvin-Manhoef2.jpg
Born(1976-05-11) May 11, 1976 (age 37)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Other namesNo Mercy
NationalitySurinamese
Dutch
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1][2]
Weight85 kg (187 lb; 13 st 5 lb)
DivisionWelterweight (MMA)
Middleweight (MMA)
Light Heavyweight (MMA)
Heavyweight
Heavyweight (Kickboxing)
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
Total48
Wins37
By knockout27
Losses11
By knockout6
Mixed martial arts record
Total40
Wins27
By knockout25
By decision2
Losses11
By knockout3
By submission7
By decision1
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Notable relativesIsmael Londt, nephew
Cedric Manhoef, cousin
Notable studentsIsmael Londt, Cedric Manhoef
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 8, 2013

Melvin Manhoef (born May 11, 1976) is a Dutch-Surinamese 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. He has also competed for Strikeforce, DREAM, RINGS, It's Showtime, K-1, ONE FC, and KSW.

Biography and career[edit]

Manhoef was born in Paramaribo, Suriname. When he was three years old his family moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Manhoef was involved in football 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 in Zaandam and went on training.[citation needed] At 18, he 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Manhoef returned to the United States in March 2011, facing Tim Kennedy at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10][11][12]

Manhoef is set to face Evangelista Santos in a much-anticipated rematch for the Gringo Super Fight Welterweight title on April 13.[13] The fight will be Melvin's first at 170 lbs.

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss27–11–1 (1)Mamed KhalidovSubmission (guillotine choke)KSW 23June 8, 201312:09Gdansk, Ergo Arena, PolandCatchweight (87 kg) bout; Khalidov failed to make weight
Loss27–10–1 (1)Brock LarsonDecision (unanimous)ONE FC: 8April 5, 201335:00Singapore, Singapore Indoor Stadium
Win27–9–1 (1)Denis KangTKO (knee to the body)Dream 18December 31, 201210:50Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Win26–9–1 (1)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 (accidental injury)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 & 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
Win19–4–1Fabio 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, EnglandDefends 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, EnglandDefends Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship
Win11–2–1Fabio PiamonteKO (punches)Cage Rage 13September 10, 200510:51London, EnglandWins 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)[15]2H2H 13: Russia vs the WorldApril 6, 200316:57Saint Petersburg, Russia
Loss4–1–1Bob SchrijberKO (punches)2H2H 11: Simply the BestMarch 16, 200314:04Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win4–0–1Mika IlmenKO (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

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