Melvin Manhoef is a mixed martial artist and kickboxer who currently competes in Bellator MMA. A former champion in both sports, Manhoef currently has the highest percentage of KO wins out of all MMA fighters with at least 15 wins.
Manhoef made his professional MMA debut back in 1995, at the age of 19, winning via TKO. A few months later, Manhoef made his professional kickboxing debut. Manhoef has shifted his focus in MMA in more recent years, competing in bouts for Strikeforce, Dream, and ONE, but he still competes in kickboxing now and then.
Manhoef debuted in Bellator at Bellator 125 in September 2014, defeating Doug Marshall by KO. He most recently had two shots at Rafael Carvalho and the Bellator middleweight title, but came up short both times.
Manhoef had his first kickboxing bout in 1996. Manhoef’s kickboxing career got off to a rocky beginning, starting 1-3. He defeated Tatsufumi Tomihira in the K-1 World Grand Prix quarterfinals, but he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. A repeat of this instance occurred in 2009. While Manhoef spent more time in MMA after 2009, his kickboxing record went south, losing seven straight between 2009 and 2016 before a win over Remy Bonjasky in October.