Melvin Manhoef

by John Max 17 Jul,2018
Melvin Manhoef
Body Stats
Weight in KG 83 Kg kg
Personal Info
  • Birth Name Melvin Manhoef
  • Currently Married Yes
  • Birth Country Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Married to Tamara
  • Famous Name No Mercy
  • Children Million Manhoef
  • Nationality Surinamese and Dutch
  • Ethnicity African
  • Currently Club Bellator

Surinamese-born-Dutch MMA fighter, Melvin Manhoef is currently signed to Bellator under the Middleweight division. A professional since 1995, he previously competed for KSW, One FC, K-1, It’s Showtime, RINGS, DREAM, and Strikeforce.

He has recorded 30 wins in 47 fights and out of 30, his 28 wins have come via knockout which is the highest percentage of any mixed martial artist with at least 15 wins.  Also, he is a former kickboxer and was It’s Showtime Champion.

Manhoef is also widely recognized as "No Mercy". 

Melvin Manhoef's Early Life

Melvin Manhoef is a native of Paramaribo, Suriname, born on 11th May 1976. At his three, he relocated to Rotterdam, the Netherlands along with his family. During his youth, he played football and was introduced to Muay Thia by his brother, Moreno and his uncle who was also a kickboxer.

Melvin Manhoef's Net Worth

Manhoef MMA career disclosed earning is reported to be around $500,000. Currently, he is signed to Bellator and for each fight, he earns a decent sum. Through Bellator 125 he took home $10,000 and another $10,000 from Bellator 131.

As of 2018, his net worth is under review but some site claims his net worth is approximately $400 million.

Melvin Manhoef's Career

MMA Career

At the age of 18, Melvin Manhoef made his professional MMA career debut at Battle of Amstelveen II where he defeated Jordy Jonkers via TKO in round two. In September 2001, he made his comeback as a part of Chakuriki GYM. Later four years, he entered the Cage Rage promotion in London. At Cage Rage 13, he became the British Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion by defeating Fabio Piamonte.

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In 2006, he joined Japanese mixed martial arts promotion Hero’s, making his debut on 15th March against Shungo Oyama at Hero’s 4. He won the fight via TKO in round one. Further, he took on Crosley Gracie at the event Hero’s 6 and won the fight.

On 9th October 2006, he has two fights At Hero’s 7, where he defeated Shungo Oyama for the second time but a loss against Yoshihiro Akiyama. At Hero’s 8, Manhoef he marked his win against Yoshiki Takahashi.

At Hero’s 9 and Hero’s 10, Manhoef conquered over Bernard Ackah and Fabio Silva respectively.


On 21st July 2014, Bellator MMA announced that they signed with Melvin Manhoef and Paul Daley. On 19th September, Manhoef made his Bellator debut against Doug Marshall at Bellator 125. He won the fight via KO in round one. In his next fight, he was defeated by Joe Schilling on 15th November.

Manhoef started 2015 fighting against Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 133 on 13th February. He lost the bout via KO in the round two. Later a month, the result was changed to a no contest after Shlemenko was tested positive for Anabolic steroids.

On 20th May 2016, Manhoef faced Rafael Carvalho for the Bellator Middleweight Championship at Bellator 155 where he lost a controversial split decision.

Rebounding from lost he made his comeback almost after a year at Bellator 176 where he faced Rafael Carvalho for the second time. He again lost the fight but this time via KO in the round four.

Kickboxing Career

Just after a year, he began MMA, Manhoef stepped in Kickboxing. On 16th March 1996, he had his career first kickboxing fight at Thai/Kickboxing Nijmegen where he faced Samir Benazzouz. However, he lost the fight via KO in round three. Prior to switching to K-1 World GP, he had six more fight amassing a 3-3 record. At K-1 World GP, he won overall four-bout against Tatsufumi Tomihira, Rustan Karaev, Paul Slowinski, and Ramazan Ramazanov.

Throughout his twenty-one years long kickboxing career, he had 38 wins and 14 losses.

Melvin Manhoef's Personal Life

Currently forty-two, Manhoef is a family person. He tied the knot with his girlfriend, Tamara. The couple shares a baby boy named Million Manhoef, also trained in kickboxing is now playing soccer.

Active in Instagram with 21.5k, Manhoef often posts beautiful pictures with his family, Meanwhile, Tamara seems to be a private person and has set her Instagram account private.  

Talking about his physique, the hunk stands five-feet-eleven-inches tall in height and weighs 185Ibs i.e. 83.9 kg.

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