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]
Weight77 kg (170 lb; 12 st 2 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
Total41
Wins28
By knockout26
By decision2
Losses11
By knockout3
By submission7
By decision1
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Notable relativesIsmael Londt, nephew
Notable studentsIsmael Londt
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]
Weight77 kg (170 lb; 12 st 2 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
Total41
Wins28
By knockout26
By decision2
Losses11
By knockout3
By submission7
By decision1
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Notable relativesIsmael Londt, nephew
Notable studentsIsmael Londt
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[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]

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 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 20 July 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 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.[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 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.[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 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.[11][12][13]

Manhoef faced Evangelista Santos in a much-anticipated rematch for the Gringo Super Fight Welterweight title on 27 April.[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 21 July 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 19 September 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 16 October 2014.[22]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record (Incomplete)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Michal MaterlaKSW 129November 2014To be announced, PolandMiddleweight title bout.
Doug MarshallBellator 12519 September 2014Fresno, California, United StatesBellator Debut; Middleweight bout.
Win28–11–1 (1)Evangelista SantosTKO (punches)Gringo Super Fight 1027 April 201410:46Rio de Janeiro, BrazilWon the Gringo Super Fight Welterweight Title.
Loss27–11–1 (1)Mamed KhalidovSubmission (guillotine choke)KSW 238 June 201312:09Gdansk, PolandCatchweight (87 kg) bout; Khalidov failed to make weight.
Loss27–10–1 (1)Brock LarsonDecision (unanimous)ONE Fighting Championship: Kings and Champions5 April 201335:00Kallang, Singapore
Win27–9–1 (1)Denis KangTKO (knee to the body)Dream 1831 December 201210:50Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win26–9–1 (1)Ryo KawamuraKO (punch)ONE FC: Rise of Kings6 October 201214:40Kallang, Singapore
Win25–9–1 (1)Jae Young KimDecision (split)Road FC 9: Beatdown15 September 201235:00Wonju Chiak Indoor Gym, South Korea
NC24–9–1 (1)Yoshiyuki NakanishiNC (accidental injury)ONE FC: War of the Lions31 March 201212:08Kallang, SingaporeGash on Manhoef's leg rendered him unable to continue.
Loss24–9–1Tim KennedySubmission (rear-naked choke)Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson5 March 201113:41Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss24–8–1Tatsuya MizunoSubmission (kimura)Dream 1510 July 201017:23Saitama, Saitama, JapanDream Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Loss24–7–1Robbie LawlerKO (punch)Strikeforce: Miami30 January 201013:33Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win24–6–1Kazuo MisakiTKO (punches)Dynamite!! 200931 December 200911:49Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss23–6–1Paulo FilhoSubmission (armbar)Dream 1020 July 200912:35Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win23–5–1Mark HuntKO (punches)Dynamite!! 200831 December 200810:18Saitama, Saitama, JapanHeavyweight bout.
Loss22–5–1Gegard MousasiSubmission (triangle choke)Dream 623 September 200811:28Saitama, Saitama, JapanDream Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win22–4–1Kazushi SakurabaKO (punches)Dream 415 June 200811:30Yokohama, JapanDream Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win21–4–1Dae Won KimTKO (knee & punches)Dream 311 May 200814:08Saitama, Saitama, JapanDream Middleweight Grand Prix Reserve bout.
Win20–4–1Yosuke NishijimaTKO (punches)K-1 PREMIUM 2007 Dynamite!!31 December 200711:49Osaka, Japan
Win19–4–1Fabio SilvaTKO (punches)Hero's 1017 September 200711:00Yokohama, Japan
Win18–4–1Bernard AckahTKO (punches)Hero's 916 July 200712:13Yokohama, Japan
Loss17–4–1Dong Sik YoonSubmission (armbar)K-1 Dynamite!! USA2 June 200721:17Los Angeles, California, United States
Win17–3–1Yoshiki TakahashiTKO (punches)Hero's 812 March 200712:36Nagoya, Japan
Loss16–3–1Yoshihiro AkiyamaSubmission (armbar)Hero's 79 October 200611:58Yokohama, JapanHero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Final.
Win16–2–1Shungo OyamaTKO (punches)Hero's 79 October 200611:04Yokohama, JapanHero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win15–2–1Crosley GracieTKO (punches)Hero's 65 August 200619:12Tokyo, JapanHero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win14–2–1Ian FreemanKO (punches)Cage Rage 171 July 200610:17London, EnglandDefended the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win13–2–1Shungo OyamaTKO (cut)Hero's 415 March 200612:51Tokyo, Japan
Win12–2–1Evangelista SantosKO (punches)Cage Rage 154 February 200623:51London, EnglandDefended the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win11–2–1Fabio PiamonteKO (punches)Cage Rage 1310 September 200510:51London, EnglandWon the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win10–2–1Paul CahoonTKO (punches)CFC 4 Cage Carnage3 July 20051N/ALiverpool, England
Win9–2–1Bob SchrijberDecision (unanimous)It's Showtime Boxing & MMA Event 2005 Amsterdam12 June 200525:00Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win8–2–1Ladislav ZakTKO (corner stoppage)Queens Fight Night30 April 200510:37Eindhoven, Netherlands
Win7–2–1Matthias RiccioTKO (punches)Cage Rage 1026 February 200513:01London, England
Loss6–2–1Rodney GlunderKO (punches)It's Showtime 2004 Amsterdam20 May 200424:43Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win6–1–1Slavomir MolnarKO (punches)Heaven or Hell 48 April 20041N/APrague, Czech Republic
Win5–1–1Alexandr GarkushenkoTKO (punches)2H2H 13: Russia vs the World6 April 200316:57Saint Petersburg, Russia
Loss4–1–1Bob SchrijberKO (punches)2H2H 11: Simply the Best16 March 200314:04Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win4–0–1Mika IlménKO (punch)It's Showtime – As Usual / Battle Time29 September 200210:35Haarlem, Netherlands
Win3–0–1Paul CahoonTKO (corner stoppage)Rings Holland: Saved by the Bell2 June 200222:07Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win2–0–1Husein CiftKO (punches)Hoogwoud Free Fight Gala15 December 200111:50Hoogwoud, Netherlands
Draw1–0–1Rodney GlunderDrawRings Holland: The Kings of the Magic Ring20 June 199925:00Utrecht, Netherlands
Win1–0Jordy JonkersTKO (palm strike)Battle of Amstelveen II2 December 199523:37Amstelveen, Netherlands

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