Romero/Manhoef Bout just got a whole lot more significant

Romero/Manhoef Bout just got a whole lot more significant

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Bellator light heavyweight Melvin Manhoef’s upcoming fight against Yoel Romero just picked up steam after Manhoef’s recent admission.

Romero and Manhoef will square off in the Bellator 285 co-main event this Friday in Dublin, IE. The event is headlined by a lightweight match between Benson Henderson and Peter Queally.

In a week that has no UFC events scheduled for this weekend, Bellator will take center stage as the biggest promotion in action. This will give opportunities for fighters like Manhoef and Romero to put on an outstanding performance for the whole world.

Manhoef and Romero were scheduled to face off earlier this year before Manhoef injured his hand.

While Manhoef has competed on big stages throughout his storied career, this upcoming fight in Dublin might become his most memorable.

Melvin Manhoef retires after Bellator 285

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During his Bellator 285 pre-fight press conferenceManhoef has announced his intention to retire regardless of how this weekend goes.

“I think that’s going to be it,” Manhoef said. “It’s the last fight of my contract with Bellator and I think I’ve done a lot. There’s also a time to leave. I think he’s a great opponent to say goodbye to all the fans, because this fight is going to be a tough fight, is going to be a fight of the year. The fans will be the winners.

Manhoef made his professional MMA debut in 1995, winning a knockout over Jordy Jonkers at the Battle of Amstelveen II. He then enjoyed stints with Dream, ONE and Bellator among many other stops in his career.

Manhoef is also an accomplished kickboxer, with victories over Jean Jaques and battles with Gokhan Saki and Tyrone Spong. His last kickboxing fight came against Remy Bonjasky to end his career 38-14.

Manhoef will get the chance to put on a show in his MMA swan song this weekend at Bellator 285, making the event even more appealing to fans around the world.

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