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Melvin Manhoef Hangs Up His Gloves

Fighters Only passes along the news that Dutch kickboxer and mixed martial artist Melvin Manhoef has announced his retirement, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. Manhoef compiled a career MMA record of 22-5-1 — with all but one of his wins coming by way of extremely violent KO/TKO — and he holds notable victories over Evangelista Santos, Ian Freeman, and Kazushi Sakuraba (who he kicked the living crap out of at DREAM.4 in June). Manhoef’s last performance was a submission loss to Gegard Mousasi in the semi-finals of DREAM’s middleweight GP last Tuesday, which snapped a five-fight win streak.

Though his retirement is not quite an Anderson Silva-level shocker, his stint in DREAM seemed to mark the beginning of a new stage in his career, not the end of it altogether. Here’s hoping that this family-man bit is only a temporary phase. In the meantime, enjoy the above highlight vid of Manhoef beating dudes like they said shit about his mama.

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ajaykumar- September 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm
Damn. They didn’t talk shit about his mother? Imagine what would happen if someone would! Or his kids.
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Anonymous- October 19, 2008 at 8:32 pm
He would sever Houston Alexander's head.
Brad Majors- September 28, 2008 at 9:43 pm
<How the hell did this guy not get picked up by the UFC?

look at his wiki page
Manhoef has/had a parralel kickboxing career (hence no ground game at all)
and donna white dont like that...
he wants fighters to do reallity tv, not fight


UFC fan: youre a douche, go flush yourself troll.
Billy Bad Ass- September 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm
How the hell did this guy not get picked up by the UFC?
zunk1- September 28, 2008 at 6:23 pm
doctors told him to stop hitting people cause their grandchildren were coming out smashed.
Blackleg- September 28, 2008 at 3:45 pm
Sorry I don't really follow Fedor. Thanks for playing though. Better luck next time. ;)
UFC fan- September 28, 2008 at 12:53 pm
sorry Blackleg I dont take sloppy seconds. pull your dick out of fedors ass long enough to realize that UFC will always be king. :)
Enjoy your mediocrity.
UFC fan- September 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm
sorry Blackleg I dont take sloppy seconds. pull your dick out of fedors as long enough to realize that UFC will always be king. :)
Enjoy your mediocrity.
Blackleg- September 28, 2008 at 12:21 pm
That sucks, great guy and one of my favorite fighters as well. Hopefully he'll find his way back to the ring soon.

We'll have to forgive 'UFC fan', his Liddell-brand Hick Hawk came out a little lopsided and shit like that just throws off his entire day. I know, I know buddy, for you - true greatness involves having some guy's beanbag nestled in your eye sockets. Just roll back over and spoon with your life-size Tito pillow to settle your nerves.
NealTaflinger- September 28, 2008 at 11:20 am
UFC fan - You're right except for the fact that Manhoef is a world class kickboxer "type fighter," which makes up for a lot of deficiencies in his ground game.
Poop-Eye- September 28, 2008 at 4:10 am
Poop dem pants...
UFC fan- September 28, 2008 at 1:55 am
why do people with anal fetishes type on an MMA forum?
its disturbing that the 2 Bens allow such trash.

yeah damn shame we didnt get to see another Houston Alexander type fighter, boy this is a lose.
KellenAvalanche- September 28, 2008 at 12:46 am
Bummer summer. He was one of My favorite fighters and almost always entertaining to watch, would have been pretty cool to watch him in the UFC if he ever got a chance.
ufc fans mum is no sharon stone- September 27, 2008 at 11:44 pm
he retired because he ran off with ufc fans mum probly fucking her up the shiter right now thats why he is bitter
eff- September 27, 2008 at 8:25 pm
that sucks. i wanted him to cross the pond and clean house in the ufc. also, he should make a f**k tape with gina carano. he's totally doing her.
the glza- September 27, 2008 at 8:11 pm
wow -- vicious!

never seen him fight before, but that was quite the spirited highlight reel.
NealTaflinger- September 27, 2008 at 6:54 pm
At about 1:45-1:50 it looks like he's beating the crap out of Guy Fiori.
Frankie- September 27, 2008 at 6:26 pm
So Just another(UFC noob),

He beat Crosley Gracie.
sol- September 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm
the guy who gets KO'd at around 1:57, is that his mouth piece that looks to be flying out the cage?

Melvin Manhoef vs Cyborg Santos is one of the craziest fights ever, if you look at the right of this page, under the Blood Brothers section, MMA scraps should have that fight up there under their top 20 fights of all time. You have to watch that fight.
Dota- September 27, 2008 at 6:04 pm
I loved this guy he finished fights with the most brutal ko way every time. I was hoping that dream would make a rampage out of him but instead he retired.
UFC fan- September 27, 2008 at 5:52 pm
yeah it must be rough wearing a short dress to the ring night after night.
He should retire.
Me- September 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm
yea that was some crazy stuff thar! Imagine the kind of damage he could do if he threw a straight punch every once in a while, not that he really needed to I guess.
Wow.
EC- September 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm
Oh man, that guy v. Wanderlei in his prime = silliness
vrane- September 27, 2008 at 3:26 pm
Damn. They didn't talk shit about his mother? Imagine what would happen if someone would! Or his kids.
neon- September 27, 2008 at 3:08 pm
way 2 soon after a lose 2 make such a big desicion!!
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