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With Signing of Melvin Manhoef, Strikeforce Just Got 47% More Psycho

Listen up, Strikeforce middleweights.  If you woke up this morning feeling an unexplained aching sensation in your skull region, it’s not an allergic reaction to last night’s Nyquil and Vicodin cocktail, it’s just your body preparing itself for what’s to come.  It’s all because terrifyingly aggressive Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef just signed with Strikeforce to fight exclusively for them in the U.S.  That means Manhoef will still be able to do his thing in Japan from time to time, but he’s expected to make his Strikeforce debut some time between now and early 2010, and is supposedly even being considered as a replacement opponent for Robbie Lawler on the December 10 "Evolution" event in San Jose.

The thing about Manhoef is, while he will almost certainly never be champion in an organization with so many adept grapplers, he’ll also never be in a boring fight.  Yeah, he can be taken down and submitted, and ideally you’d like to see more improvement in that area of his game from a guy who’s been in the sport for that long.  But the man is a human tornado of pain.  To put it in terms Dana White would appreciate, if you had a basketball game on one corner, a baseball game on another, a football game on a third, and a fight on the fourth, a crowd of people would still walk to the next block to see Manhoef go crazy on some poor bastard.  I mean, the guy knocked out Mark Hunt for crying out loud.

If you don’t believe it, get your fill after the jump.  Unless you’re a fan of Sakuraba, Evangelista Santos, or intact brain cells.

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ELIndioBlanco- December 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm
Did anybody notice in the slow mo that melvin got rocked on the knockout punch with a counter left from the dude? He fell against the ropes and looked a lil wobbly. I like how he fights. Swings for the fences and goes out on his shield. Never gonna be a champ in mma, but like someone said before...ALWAYS exciting.
tallkitchenbags- December 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm

nice move, mr. white
Bloodlust- December 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm
that melvin v cyborg fight is insane. He's a great addition to strikeforce's roster.
eelcozy- December 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm
If you aren't a fan of Melvin Manhoef, I don't like you.
king steve- December 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm
i was really hoping the ufc would've snatched melvin, he's an exciting fighter, regardless if he wins or loses.

a couple of concerns:

-i wonder what the ufc is thinking? it seems to me that they're so obsessed with tying fighters down, that it's hurting them more than helping them.
-strikeforce is becoming legitimate competition by the day. i realize that as of right now, sf has nowhere near the talent level of the ufc, but sf is slowly becoming a very viable second option.
-should the ufc merge with the wec thus becoming a more complete promotion in order to attract more fighters?
-what recent acquisitions has the ufc had as of late? i can't recall.
clutchy hopkins- December 2, 2009 at 10:25 am
houston alexander and kimbo slice aint got shit on melvin manhoef
stay_gulley86- December 2, 2009 at 10:12 am
by far the scariest nigga in history!
Koeikan- December 2, 2009 at 10:08 am
That is great news.... He is always fun to watch, regardless of the outcome (a la another psycho fighter, Wanderlei).

BTW, you knew a guy named Slow-inski was in trouble against Manhoef.
the glza- December 2, 2009 at 9:52 am
OMFG i had never seen that cyborg fight. Manhoef - Cyborg II dude, i'm stoked!
Sakuraba3900- December 2, 2009 at 8:48 am
This post has made me a sad bear
exes.for.iballs- December 2, 2009 at 8:40 am

If he can just keep from gettin ko'd from the bottom he might be a contender.
Goog- December 2, 2009 at 8:24 am
Melvin Manhoef with 4oz gloves = murder. Can't wait. Great pick-up for Strikeforce.
the glza- December 2, 2009 at 8:22 am
what a great addition -- strikeforce may have some exciting events coming up after all. now if only they'd do away with trying to shove women's mma in our faces every time.
Sabado Gigante- December 2, 2009 at 8:21 am
Speak of the devil... I was just watching some of his K-1 fights yesterday...
blackboxmma- December 2, 2009 at 8:20 am
Strikeforce almost has everyone from the dream 185 tournament from a few yrs ago. That was a great tournament with everyone being UFC level. Dana better step it up.
portland mma- December 2, 2009 at 8:08 am
This made my morning.