MMA Strikeforce signs Melvin Manhoef

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  1. EG6

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    Longtime K-1 kickboxer and veteran MMA fighter Melvin Manhoef has signed a multi-year deal with Strikeforce that's exclusive to the U.S.

    Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today confirmed the signing with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), though exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    And though Afromowitz said the organization plans to have Manhoef make his promotional debut sooner rather than later, he couldn't confirm AOL Fanhouse's report that the newcomer could fight Robbie Lawler at the Dec. 19 "Strikeforce: Evolution" event.

    "We just signed him," Afromowitz said. "We just got it done."

    The 33-year-old Manhoef, who owns a 23-6-1 MMA record and 37-8 kickboxing record, has recently competed for the Japanese-based DREAM organization, which has an alliance with Strikeforce. Manhoef posted a five-fight win streak in MMA from 2007 to mid-2008, but he's gone just 1-2 since then with submission losses to Gegard Mousasi and Paulo Filho and an 18-second KO win over Mark Hunt.

    In fact, of Manhoef's 23 career wins, a staggering 22 have come via knockout. Only European fighter Bob Schreiber took Manhoef to a decision (at a June 2005 event in the Netherlands).

    The signing adds depth to Strikeforce's still-growing 205-pound division, which was previously ruled by Renato "Babalu" Sobral. However, Mousasi recently topped the UFC veteran for the organization's light heavyweight title. Today's signing could set up an eventual rematch.

    Manhoef, who's also competed as a middleweight and heavyweight, made his pro MMA debut nearly 14 years ago. The Dutch fighter began his pro kickboxing career just a few months later.
     
  2. Gogoplata

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    In for Melvin vs. Scott Smith, Benji Raddick, Cung Le and Robbie Lawler.
     
  3. DOHChi

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    all these fuckers gonna try to stand with melvin, i cant wait
     
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    oh man, this guy is like the most feared striker in mma I think. 22 out of 23 wins by KO? W T F
     
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    i still can't believe Filho's empty fucking head didnt explode like a watermelon. I dont remember hearing a sound liek that from someone getting punched in the face before.
     
  6. EG6

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    His striking + intensity = :bowdown:
     
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    Hoooooly shit i can't wait to see all of these. God i wish they could just do a Grand Prix tournament.
     
  8. alkalinesolo

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    :bowdown: Some very entertaining fights to be had.
     
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    Wow Strikeforce isn't failing as hard as i figured they would.
     
  10. kilian

    kilian You've got quite a treasure there in that Horadric OT Supporter

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    manhoef will sign the contract fight two fights get bored and send in minimanhoef to finish these clowns off
     
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    machine Welcome to the Machine OT Supporter

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    They just signed Noons as well. Strikeforce is looking more legit by the day.
     
  12. Soxnpats

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    :bowdown: oh yeah
     
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    nice combo at 2:18 :eek3:
    [y]Om3sZo9KIxI[/y]
     
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    and 18 second knockout to mark hunt.
     
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    awwwww yeahhhhh
     
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    SF is coming nicely this year. I just hope they don't fold, been hate seeing UFC crap all the time.
     
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    wow what a fight!
     
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    oh man... that was an intense fight
     
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    Cung Le vs Melvin Manhoef :x:
     
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    The man who did with 1 punch that CroCop couldnt do with his imfamous LHK.
     
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    If anyone takes him down, he is fucked.
     
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    Cyborg vs Manhoef is one of the best fights ever. Manhoef actually said he was retiring about a year or two ago, but obviously that didn't happen.
     
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    this is gonna be great
     
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    manhoef :bowdown:
     

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