Melvin Manhoef (born May 11, 1976) is a Dutch-Surinamese Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial artist, trained by Mike Passenier and fighting out of Mike's Gym in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In kickboxing, he is the current It's Showtime 85MAX World Champion, and in MMA he was the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight World champion. Manhoef is known for his aggressive fighting style, speed, and knockout power. He is the only man to knock out current Ultimate Fighting Championship contender Mark Hunt and Strikeforce fighter Kazuo Misaki in a professional MMA match.

Biography and career

Manhoef was born in Paramaribo, Suriname. When he was three years old his family moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Manhoef was involved in football (soccer) during his youth, and was introduced to Muay Thai by his younger brother, Moreno. He soon joined Choku Gym in Zaandam and started 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, England. He became the Light Heavyweight World 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[1].

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.[2] 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.[3] Despite early success on the feet with his striking offensive, Manhoef was taken down and submitted via armbar in the first round. Manhoef recently signed a multi-year fight contract with Strikeforce.[4] 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.[5] Manhoef returned to the United States in March 2011, facing Tim Kennedy at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson.[6] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

ONE Fighting Championship

On January 31st, 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.[7] 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.


  • 2009 Current It's Showtime 85 KG MAX World champion.
  • 2008 Dream Middleweight Grand Prix Semi Finalist.
  • 2006 Hero's Light Heavyweight finalist.
  • 2005 Cage Rage Light Heavyweight World champion.


Kickboxing record

Kickboxing Record

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
NC 24–9–1 (1) Japan Yoshiyuki Nakanishi NC (accidental injury) ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions 02012-03-31March 31, 2012 1 2:08 Kallang, Singapore
Loss 24–9–1 United States Tim Kennedy Submission (rear naked choke) Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson 02011-03-05March 5, 2011 1 3:41 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 24–8–1 Japan Tatsuya Mizuno Submission (kimura) Dream 15 02010-07-10July 10, 2010 1 7:23 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Dream Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal
Loss 24–7–1 United States Robbie Lawler KO (punches) Strikeforce: Miami 02010-01-30January 30, 2010 1 3:33 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 24–6–1 Japan Kazuo Misaki TKO (punches) Dynamite!! 2009 02009-12-31December 31, 2009 1 1:49 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 23–6–1 Brazil Paulo Filho Submission (armbar) Dream 10 02009-07-20July 20, 2009 1 2:35 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 23–5–1 New Zealand Mark Hunt KO (punches) Dynamite!! 2008 02008-12-31December 31, 2008 1 0:18 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Heavyweight bout
Loss 22–5–1 Armenia Gegard Mousasi Submission (triangle choke) Dream 6 02008-09-23September 23, 2008 1 1:28 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Dream Middleweight Grand Prix semifinal
Win 22–4–1 Japan Kazushi Sakuraba KO (punches) Dream 4 02008-06-15June 15, 2008 1 1:30 Yokohama, Japan Dream Middleweight Grand Prix quarterfinal
Win 21–4–1 South Korea Dae Won Kim TKO (knee and punches) Dream 3 02008-05-11May 11, 2008 1 4:08 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Dream Middleweight Grand Prix reserve bout
Win 20–4–1 Japan Yosuke Nishijima TKO (punches) K-1 PREMIUM 2007 Dynamite!! 02007-12-31December 31, 2007 1 1:49 Osaka, Japan
Win 19–4–1 Brazil Fabio Silva TKO (punches) Hero's 10 02007-09-17September 17, 2007 1 1:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 18–4–1 Côte d&#039;Ivoire Bernard Ackah TKO (punches) Hero's 9 02007-07-16July 16, 2007 1 2:13 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 17–4–1 South Korea Dong Sik Yoon Submission (armbar) K-1 Dynamite!! USA 02007-06-02June 2, 2007 2 1:17 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 17–3–1 Japan Yoshiki Takahashi TKO (punches) Hero's 8 02007-03-12March 12, 2007 1 2:36 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 16–3–1 Japan Yoshihiro Akiyama Submission (armbar) Hero's 7 02006-10-09October 9, 2006 1 1:58 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix final
Win 16–2–1 Japan Shungo Oyama TKO (punches) Hero's 7 02006-10-09October 9, 2006 1 1:04 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal
Win 15–2–1 Brazil Crosley Gracie TKO (punches) Hero's 6 02006-08-05August 5, 2006 1 9:12 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal
Win 14–2–1 England Ian Freeman KO (punches) Cage Rage 17 02006-07-01July 1, 2006 1 0:17 London, England Retains Cage Rage Light Heavyweight World title
Win 13–2–1 Japan Shungo Oyama TKO (Stoppage) Hero's 4 02006-03-15March 15, 2006 1 2:51 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–2–1 Brazil Evangelista Santos KO (punches) Cage Rage 15 02006-02-04February 4, 2006 2 3:51 London, England Retains Cage Rage Light Heavyweight World title
Win 11–2–1 Brazil Fabio Piamonte KO (punches) Cage Rage 13: No Fear 02005-09-10September 10, 2005 1 0:51 London, England Wins Cage Rage Light Heavyweight World title
Win 10–2–1 England Paul Cahoon TKO (punches) CFC 4 Cage Carnage 02005-07-03July 3, 2005 1 N/A Liverpool, England
Win 9–2–1 Netherlands Bob Schrijber Decision (unanimous) It's Showtime Boxing & MMA Event 2005 Amsterdam 02005-06-12June 12, 2005 2 5:00 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 8–2–1 Czech Republic Ladislav Zak KO (punch) Queens Fight Night 02005-04-30April 30, 2005 1 0:37 Eindhoven, Netherlands
Win 7–2–1 France Matthias Riccio TKO (leg kicks) Cage Rage 10: Deliverance 02005-02-26February 26, 2005 1 3:01 London, England
Loss 6–2–1 Netherlands Rodney Faverus KO (punches) It's Showtime 2004 Amsterdam 02004-05-20May 20, 2004 2 4:43 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 6–1–1 Slovakia Slavomir Molnar KO (punches) Heaven or Hell 4 02004-04-08April 8, 2004 1 N/A Prague, Czech Republic
Win 5–1–1 Ukraine Alexandr Garkushenko KO (punches) 2H2H 13: Russia vs the World 02003-04-06April 6, 2003 1 6:57 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Loss 4–1–1 Netherlands Bob Schrijber KO (punches) 2H2H 11: Simply the Best 02003-03-16March 16, 2003 1 4:04 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 4–0–1 Finland Mika Ilmen KO (punch) It's Showtime – As Usual / Battle Time 02002-09-29September 29, 2002 1 0:35 Haarlem, Netherlands
Win 3–0–1 England Paul Cahoon KO (head kick) Rings Holland "Saved by the Bell" 02002-06-02June 2, 2002 2 2:07 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 2–0–1 Netherlands Husein Cift KO (punches) Hoogwoud Free Fight Gala 02001-12-15December 15, 2001 1 1:50 Hoogwoud, Netherlands
vDraw 1–0–1 Netherlands Rodney Faverus Draw Rings Holland "The Kings of the Magic Ring" 01999-06-20June 20, 1999 2 5:00 Utrecht, Netherlands
Win 1–0 Netherlands Jordy Jonkers TKO (palm strikes) Battle of Amstelveen II 01995-12-02December 2, 1995 2 3:37 Amstelveen, Netherlands

See also


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