Melvin Manhoef (born 11 May 1976) is a Surinamese-Dutch professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer. In kickboxing, he is a former It's Showtime Champion, and in MMA he was the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion. In mixed martial arts, he is currently competing in Bellator's Middleweight division and has also formerly competed for Strikeforce, DREAM, RINGS, It's Showtime, K-1, ONE FC, and KSW. 28 of his 30 wins have come via knockout, the highest percentage of any MMA fighter with at least 15 wins.
|Born||11 May 1976|
|Other names||No Mercy|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||83.9 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)|
Light Heavyweight (MMA)
Heavyweight (Kickboxing & MMA)
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Team||Manhoef Fight & Fitness (2012 - present)|
Mike's Gym (2005-2012, 2017)
Chakuriki Gym (1998-2005)
Rock Gym (1995-1998)
|Trainer||Mike Passenier |
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Caio Terra|
|Years active||1995–present (MMA) |
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Ismael Londt, nephew |
Cedric Manhoef, cousin
|Notable students||Ismael Londt, Cedric Manhoef|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: 21 June 2014
Manhoef was born in Paramaribo, Suriname. When he was three years old his family moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Manhoef played soccer during his youth, and was introduced to Muay Thai by his younger brother, Moreno.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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.
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 20 July 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 signed a multi-year fight contract with Strikeforce. 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.
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. 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.
Manhoef faced Evangelista Santos in a much-anticipated rematch for the Gringo Super Fight Welterweight title on 27 April. 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. He lost to Filip Verlinden in the quarter-finals, suffering a head kick knockdown in round one before losing a majority decision.
Manhoef faced Glory veteran Joe Schilling on 15 November 2014 at Bellator 131. 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. He lost via knockout early in the second round. On 17 March 2015 Shlemenko was suspended indefinitely for failing a post fight drug test with elevated testosterone levels. The fight result was changed to a no contest.
Manhoef faced Rafael Carvalho on 20 May 2016 for the Bellator Middleweight Championship at Bellator 155. Manhoef lost a controversial split decision. Bellator announcer Jimmy Smith called it one of the worst decisions he had ever seen in the promotion; likewise, 5 of 5 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Manhoef.
An immediate rematch with Carvalho was scheduled to take place at Bellator 168, on 10 December 2016. However, Carvalho pulled out of the fight due to injury. The rematch eventually took place on 8 April 2017 at Bellator 176. Manhoef lost the bout via knockout due to a head kick in the fourth round.
Manhoef made a comeback to kickboxing and faced Remy Bonjasky for the fourth time, after losing three times, on 29 October 2017. Manhoef won the bout by decision. He announced his retirement from kickboxing and stated that he would focus on his MMA career.
In May 2018 it was revealed that Manhoef and Bellator had come to terms for an exclusive, multi-fight contract.
Manhoef was scheduled to face Chidi Njokuani on 30 November 2018 at Bellator 210. However, on 1 November 2018 it was reported that Manhoef pulled out from the event due to injury and he was replaced by John Salter.
Manhoef founded a kickboxing and MMA-promotion named World Fighting League.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|48 matches||31 wins||14 losses|
|Win||31–14–1 (2)||Kent Kauppinen||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 223||22 June 2019||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||30–14–1 (2)||Rafael Carvalho||KO (head kick)||Bellator 176||8 April 2017||4||3:15||Torino, Italy||For the Bellator Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||30–13–1 (2)||Rafael Carvalho||Decision (split)||Bellator 155||20 May 2016||5||5:00||Boise, Idaho, United States||For the Bellator Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||30–12–1 (2)||Hisaki Kato||KO (punch)||Bellator 146||20 November 2015||1||3:43||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|NC||29–12–1 (2)||Alexander Shlemenko||NC (overturned)||Bellator 133||13 February 2015||2||1:25||Fresno, California, United States||Originally knockout win for Shlemenko; overturned after he tested positive for Anabolic steroids.|
|Loss||29–12–1 (1)||Joe Schilling||KO (punches)||Bellator 131||15 November 2014||2||0:32||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||29–11–1 (1)||Doug Marshall||KO (punch)||Bellator 125||19 September 2014||1||1:45||Fresno, California, United States||Return to Middleweight.|
|Win||28–11–1 (1)||Evangelista Santos||TKO (punches)||Gringo Super Fight 10||27 April 2014||1||0:46||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Won the Gringo Super Fight Welterweight Title.|
|Loss||27–11–1 (1)||Mamed Khalidov||Submission (guillotine choke)||KSW 23||8 June 2013||1||2:09||Gdańsk, Poland||Catchweight (87 kg) bout; Khalidov failed to make weight.|
|Loss||27–10–1 (1)||Brock Larson||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Fighting Championship: Kings and Champions||5 April 2013||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore|
|Win||27–9–1 (1)||Denis Kang||TKO (knee to the body)||Dream 18||31 December 2012||1||0:50||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||26–9–1 (1)||Ryo Kawamura||KO (punch)||ONE FC: Rise of Kings||6 October 2012||1||4:40||Kallang, Singapore|
|Win||25–9–1 (1)||Jae Young Kim||Decision (split)||Road FC 9: Beatdown||15 September 2012||3||5:00||Wonju Chiak Indoor Gym, South Korea|
|NC||24–9–1 (1)||Yoshiyuki Nakanishi||NC||ONE FC: War of the Lions||31 March 2012||1||2:08||Kallang, Singapore||Catchweight (88 kg); gash on Manhoef's leg rendered him unable to continue.|
|Loss||24–9–1||Tim Kennedy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson||5 March 2011||1||3:41||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||24–8–1||Tatsuya Mizuno||Submission (kimura)||Dream 15||10 July 2010||1||7:38||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Dream Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Loss||24–7–1||Robbie Lawler||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Miami||30 January 2010||1||3:33||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||24–6–1||Kazuo Misaki||TKO (punches)||Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009||31 December 2009||1||1:49||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||23–6–1||Paulo Filho||Submission (armbar)||Dream 10||20 July 2009||1||2:35||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||23–5–1||Mark Hunt||KO (punches)||Fields Dynamite!! 2008||31 December 2008||1||0:18||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||22–5–1||Gegard Mousasi||Submission (triangle choke)||Dream 6: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round||23 September 2008||1||1:28||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Dream Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||22–4–1||Kazushi Sakuraba||KO (punches)||Dream 4: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round||15 June 2008||1||1:30||Yokohama, Japan||Dream Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||21–4–1||Dae Won Kim||TKO (knee and punches)||Dream 3: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round||11 May 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!!||31 December 2007||1||1:49||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||19–4–1||Fábio Silva||TKO (punches)||Hero's 10||17 September 2007||1||1:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||18–4–1||Bernard Ackah||TKO (punches)||Hero's 9||16 July 2007||1||2:13||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||17–4–1||Dong Sik Yoon||Submission (armbar)||K-1 Dynamite!! USA||2 June 2007||2||1:17||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||17–3–1||Yoshiki Takahashi||TKO (punches)||Hero's 8||12 March 2007||1||2:36||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||16–3–1||Yoshihiro Akiyama||Submission (armbar)||Hero's 7||9 October 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||9 October 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||5 August 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||1 July 2006||1||0:17||London, England||Defended the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||13–2–1||Shungo Oyama||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Hero's 4||15 March 2006||1||2:51||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–2–1||Evangelista Santos||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 15||4 February 2006||2||3:51||London, England||Defended the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||11–2–1||Fabio Piamonte||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 13||10 September 2005||1||0:51||London, England||Won the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||10–2–1||Paul Cahoon||TKO (punches)||CFC 4 Cage Carnage||3 July 2005||1||N/A||Liverpool, England|
|Win||9–2–1||Bob Schrijber||Decision (unanimous)||It's Showtime Boxing & MMA Event 2005 Amsterdam||12 June 2005||2||5:00||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||8–2–1||Ladislav Zak||TKO (corner stoppage)||Queens Fight Night||30 April 2005||1||0:37||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|Win||7–2–1||Matthias Riccio||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 10||26 February 2005||1||3:01||London, England|
|Loss||6–2–1||Rodney Glunder||KO (punches)||It's Showtime 2004 Amsterdam||20 May 2004||2||4:43||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||6–1–1||Slavomir Molnar||KO (punches)||Heaven or Hell 4||8 April 2004||1||N/A||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||5–1–1||Alexandr Garkushenko||TKO (punches)||M-1 MFC: Russia vs. the World 5||6 April 2003||1||6:57||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||4–1–1||Bob Schrijber||KO (punches)||2H2H 11: Simply the Best||16 March 2003||1||4:04||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||4–0–1||Mika Ilmén||KO (punch)||It's Showtime – As Usual / Battle Time||29 September 2002||1||0:35||Haarlem, Netherlands|
|Win||3–0–1||Paul Cahoon||TKO (corner stoppage)||Rings Holland: Saved by the Bell||2 June 2002||2||2:07||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||2–0–1||Husein Cift||KO (punches)||Hoogwoud Free Fight Gala||15 December 2001||1||1:50||Hoogwoud, Netherlands|
|Draw||1–0–1||Rodney Glunder||Draw||Rings Holland: The Kings of the Magic Ring||20 June 1999||2||5:00||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Win||1–0||Jordy Jonkers||TKO (palm strike and head kick)||Battle of Amstelveen II||2 December 1995||2||3:37||Amstelveen, Netherlands|
|Professional kickboxing record|
38 Wins (27 (T)KO's), 14 Losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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