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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. Manhoef returned to the United States in March 2011, facing Tim Kennedy at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson. 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. 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.
37 Wins (27 (T)KO's, 10 decisions), 10 Losses
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|34 matches||24 wins||9 losses|
|NC||24–9–1 (1)||Yoshiyuki Nakanishi||NC (accidental injury)||ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions||March 31, 2012||1||2:08||Kallang, Singapore|
|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 (punches)||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 and 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||Fabio 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||Retains Cage Rage Light Heavyweight World title|
|Win||13–2–1||Shungo Oyama||TKO (Stoppage)||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||Retains Cage Rage Light Heavyweight World title|
|Win||11–2–1||Fabio Piamonte||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 13: No Fear||September 10, 2005||1||0:51||London, England||Wins Cage Rage Light Heavyweight World title|
|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||KO (punch)||Queens Fight Night||April 30, 2005||1||0:37||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|Win||7–2–1||Matthias Riccio||TKO (leg kicks)||Cage Rage 10: Deliverance||February 26, 2005||1||3:01||London, England|
|Loss||6–2–1||Rodney Faverus||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||KO (punches)||2H2H 13: Russia vs the World||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 Ilmen||KO (punch)||It's Showtime – As Usual / Battle Time||September 29, 2002||1||0:35||Haarlem, Netherlands|
|Win||3–0–1||Paul Cahoon||KO (head kick)||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|
|vDraw||1–0–1||Rodney Faverus||Draw||Rings Holland "The Kings of the Magic Ring"||June 20, 1999||2||5:00||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Win||1–0||Jordy Jonkers||TKO (palm strikes)||Battle of Amstelveen II||December 2, 1995||2||3:37||Amstelveen, Netherlands|
- List of K-1 events
- List of K-1 champions
- List of It's Showtime champions
- List of male kickboxers
- List of male mixed martial artists
- List of kickboxing organizations
- ↑ http://www.dreamofficial.com/free/fightcard/
- ↑ http://www.fansofk1.com/article?aID=1750&Category=3
- ↑ http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=mmajunkie-DREAM10_additions&prov=mmajunkie&type=lgns
- ↑ Manhoef Signs with Strikeforce. Sherdog.
- ↑ Jack Encarnacao. The Weekly Wrap: June 12 - June 18. Sherdog.
- ↑ Dann Stupp. Kennedy expected to meet Manhoef, not Rockhold, at "Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson". MMAjunkie.
- ↑ Ray Hui. Melvin Manhoef to Face Renato 'Babalu' Sobral at One FC 3". MMA Fighting.
- Official website of Melvin Manhoef
- Mike's Gym Official site
- Professional MMA record for Melvin Manhoef from Sherdog
- Profile at K-1
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