Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (29-12 MMA, 27-12 Kickboxing) is one of the most exciting crossover kickboxing and MMA competitors in the hurt business. Attributing fighters with “one-touch KO power” is a very tired cliche in combat sports, but there’s no other way to describe the veteran. He’s one of the most exciting competitors on the Bellator roster, facing Alexander Shlemenko tonight in the Bellator 133 main event.
“You know how I am,” Manhoef said. “You know how I fight. You know what I’m going to bring to the table.”
“I believe that fans are coming to watch us bring the show, and I like to bring it.”
Melvin Manhoef doesn’t exactly throw point punches. There’s a million different strategies when it comes to winning kickboxing and MMA contests. For Melvin Manhoef, every kick and every swing is thrown with 100% power. On the risks and rewards of headhunting for the KO, Melvin Manhoef states,
“The fighting style I have, I take risks. Sometimes I go overboard. We’ll see what’s going to happen on Friday. I just know for me, I’m going to go all in. To me, it’s no problem.”
“People know that when I’m coming to fight, I’m coming to fight,” Manhoef said. “If I’m getting knocked out or he’s getting knocked out, fans know they can expect something special. They get their money’s worth.
Manhoef knows he’s getting late in his career at 38 years of age, but he still believes there is time to become a world champion in the promotion,
“Age is just a number,” Manhoef said. “I’ve done pretty good against all these young guys. I think my new goal is I want to become Bellator champion. I think it will happen this year because I believe in it, and I’m going to work hard for it. This is my ultimate motivation and dream that I have.”
With a win over former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, Manhoef stands to make a major advance in title contention. See the headliner battle in the main event live on Spike TV at 9/8C.