Melvin Manhoef. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Melvin Manhoef has announced his retirement following his disappointing first-round submission loss to eventful DREAM middleweight grand prix winner Gegard Mousasi at DREAM.6 last week in Japan. Manhoef’s manager, Mike Passandier, reportedly revealed his client’s decision over the weekend.
According to Passandier, Manhoef wants to spend more time with his family after spending the last couple of years constantly training and fighting. However Manhoef has also stated that his retirement could be temporary, although a timetable for his return has not been set.
Manhoef split time throughout his career between kickboxing and mixed martial arts, all while competing mostly for Cage Rage and Fighting and Entertainment-owned promotions. He compiled a 22-5-1 record.
He became Cage Rage’s light heavyweight champion after defeating Fabio Piamonte in September 2005 and went on to successfully defend the belt two times before spending the remainder of his career with K-1 Hero’s and DREAM. Manhoef’s biggest career win came earlier this year when he earned a first-round TKO of Kazushi Sakuraba in June.