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Bellator Dublin video: Yoel Romero sends Melvin Manhoef into retirement with brutal knockout

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Yoel Romero made sure Melvin Manhoef didn’t get his happy ending.

The “Soldier of God” scored a devastating third-round knockout of Manhoef on Friday in the co-main event of Bellator 285, which took place at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

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After a measured first two rounds, Romero (15-6) stepped up his activity in the third round, knocking down his 46-year-old opponent along the fence and then hitting him hard with punches and elbows, causing Manhoef to pass out on the mat. The official stoppage time is 3:34 of the final round. Manhoef then announced his retirement from MMA.

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See Romero’s finish replay above.

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“I didn’t want to fight anyone,” Manhoef said after the fight, before removing his gloves and placing them in the center of the cage. “I wanted to fight names and I did my best. I’ve been doing this for 28 years now, it’s what I love and I appreciate all the support you’ve given me. But today, I think I should hang up my gloves after 28 years of fighting. Thank you for your support, you make my life wonderful, you make me feel alive.”

Manhoef retires with a 32-16-1 MMA record marked by knockout victories over Mark Hunt, Kazushi Sakuraba, Kazuo Misaki and more. He made his MMA debut in 1995.



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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