What a success befell Melvin Manhoef. The Dutchman is looking to lay down his gloves after his last fight against Yoel Romero at Bellator 285 on Friday.
Manhoef, 46, left the door ajar that another opportunity could come up in his CBS Sports interview, but he expects it to be one of his last cage outings.
“Yes, this is the last fight on the contract with Bellator, and I think it will also be one of the last fights. I think this is enough,” said Manhoef. “It’s amazing and I had a good trip. I did so many things and had a good life. I was appreciated by people all over the world. to the side.
“Some part of me doesn’t want to stop, but another part of me says, ‘Hey, your health, your age and all that.’ In this training camp, I really knocked people out. I still do it. It’s still there… That’s what makes it so difficult.”
For 25 years, more than half of Manhoef’s life, the Surinamese-born Dutchman has crushed enemies and shocked fans. The top scoring puncher in MMA has a staggering 91% knockout rate of 29 knockouts in 32 wins. Only five of Manhoef’s 50 pro fights made it to the judges’ scorecards.
Check out the full interview with Melvin Manhoef below.
Success can only be measured by the individual. Manhoef never brought his unique brand of violence to the UFC, but Manhoef has traveled the world and created moments that will stand the test of time. From the comfort of his Mercedes-Benz, the same car in which he had once killed three robbers, Manhoef detailed the gifts that the fight had given him.
“In fights and in the gym, I could find myself. I was always trying to get better in fights, but after that I also tried to get better in everything I did,” said Manhoef. “It’s a real struggle. When something is impossible, you can’t do it. I go and fight for it until I get what I want. It’s a normal life. Nothing is given in life. You have ups and downs. helped me to win in life, be on the right track and do good deeds Fighting is very important to me It’s a way of life and it made me who I am today It’s also for my kids It sets an example…gave me that “.
Manhoef’s career accomplishments seem like works of fiction: he broke heavyweight Mark Hunt’s titanium chin in 18 seconds after a middleweight fight in 2008, inflicted the fastest defeat of his legendary 46-fight career in 2008, won for three separate decades (four if he beats Romero) and entered the whirlwind classic against Evangelista Santos in 2006 and Robbie Lawler in 2010.
“For my size and what I could show, I got the most out of the fighting game,” said Manhoef. “I would say that people should remember me like this. The guy who knocked out everyone was not afraid of anyone and gave all his best. That’s how you describe me, and I think it’s very special.”
A potential final stop on a dangerous and painful journey is through Romero, a juggernaut in his own right. This is fitting for a professional fighter who takes his title more seriously than anyone in the history of the sport.
“It’s also a thank you to me for doing it in the last fight. It’s the icing on the cake to fight a real warrior like Romero,” Manhoef said. “Every fighter wants to test himself. He moved from the UFC to Bellator. During his career, he did crazy things. It’s nice to compare yourself to him.”