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Fight of the Day: Melvin Manhoef vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos

Our earlier mentions of Chute Boxe and rope-a-dope reminded us of this light heavyweight match from Cage Rage 15 (2/4/06), which could easily earn a place in our greatest fights of all-time list. The first round features as much slugging as you’d expect from these two, but it’s the second round that makes the fight legendary. Cyborg and Melvin become so exhausted from whaling on each other that at one point they can do little more than stand with their hands down and suck air. Luckily, Manhoef has a little extra in the tank. Watch Cyborg baby-punch Melvin’s lifeless body at the end — totally adorable. (Fight starts at the 2:26 mark.)

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enamer- February 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm
i just had a seminar from melvin manhoef last weekend.. great guy btw..

but uuuhm fuck cardio.. melvin has a 95.9% knock out rate on all of his mma fights..

gr Ian
Brandon- February 21, 2008 at 8:15 am
TOP 10??? Are you fucking joking. No cardio at all, 90% of the punches miss and this is a top 10 of all time fight. This site is a joke. I mean Kimbo Slice is your fuckin lap dog. Put him in a cage with any of TODAYS top guys and its a much different fight. You new fans are ging to kill this sport for us who have been around since day 1. Im serious.
Popetastic- February 21, 2008 at 1:00 am
UFC needs to put Manhoef in the cage. His fights are usually entertaining, and he's a solid fighter. I could say the same for Cyborg, but he loses as often as we wins.
WalksintheDarkness- February 21, 2008 at 12:07 am
Bang on the button guys. Great fight. Really kept on pounding away even when they were both out of gas. A real contender for the memorable fights list.