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K-1 Fighter Profile: Melvin Manhoef
Nickname: No Mercy, Marvelous
Date of birth: May 11, 1976
Place of birth: Paramaribo, Suriname
Fighting out of: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height: 5 ft 8
Weight: 200 lb
Style: Muay Thai
Years active: 14 (1994-present)
By knockout: 26
By knockout: 21
Melvin "No Mercy" Manhoef is a professional Muay Thai kickboxer and former mixed martial artist, trained by Mike Passenier and fighting out of Mike's Gym from Amsterdam, Netherlands. He's a Cage Rage Light Heavyweight World champion and is famous for his aggressive fighting style.
Manhoef was born in Paramaribo, Suriname. When he was three years old his family moved to Rotterdam. Manhoef was involved in 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 Amsterdam. He made his K-1 debut against Remy Bonjasky in K-1 Holland GP 2002 in Arnhem, Netherlands. Melvin lost the fight by unanimous decision.
In 2004, Manhoef entered the Cage Rage promotion in London. After beating Fabio Piamonte he became the World champion. He successfully defended his title for almost two years, until re-entering the K-1 fighting circuit's, MMA affiliate HERO'S in 2006. He won his first fight at Hero's 4 against Shungo Oyama by technical knockout in first round.
His last kickboxing bouts were in K-1 against Ruslan Karaev, and Remy Bonjasky. Manhoef beat Karaev via knockout, but was KO'd by Bonjasky via 3rd round head kick.
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 9, and also recently 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 had to fight Gegard Mousasi and unfortunatly got into a triangle choke and had to tap out at 1:28 of the first round. Mousasi went on to win the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix.
Melvin made a return to K-1 and fought at the 2008 World Grand Prix Final against Paul Slowinski and won by KO.
2006 Hero's Light Heavyweight finalist.
2004 Cage Rage Light Heavyweight World champion.
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