MMA Community Lauds Melvin Manhoef After Retirement Following KO Loss To Yoel Romero At Bellator 285

"No Mercy" has called it a career.

Melvin Manhoef Retires
Melvin Manhoef Retires - Image via @bellatorMMA Twitter
  • Melvin Manhoef retired after a KO loss at Bellator 285
  • “No Mercy” received a touching tribute from some of his MMA peers

Melvin Manhoef decided to finally hang the gloves following a devastating KO loss to Yoel Romero at Bellator 285 in Dublin, Ireland. The 46-year-old had an emotional moment in the middle of the cage and was joined by his family as he bid farewell to the sport.

 “No Mercy” says goodbye

Both Manhoef and Romero fought their hearts out but it was “Soldier of God” who prevailed in the final two minutes of the third round. Romero was able to control Manhoef via mount and finished the job by landing vicious ground and pound combinations while on top.

After the fight, Manhoef took the opportunity to say goodbye to MMA.

“I want to thank everybody for supporting my career for 28 years – 28 years I’m fighting and I didn’t want to fight a nobody,” Manhoef said after the fight via MMA Junkie. “I want to fight names. I did the best that I can. And for 28 years I’m doing this, this is what I love. I appreciate all the support that you gave me. But today I think we have to hang up the gloves after 28 years of fighting. Thanks for the support. You make my life great. Thank you, Ireland.”

A tribute to a legend

Bellator CEO Scott Coker and some of Manhoef’s peers in the sport paid homage to “No Mercy” and his legendary career on social media.

The defeat to Romero was Manhoef’s second consecutive loss via KO/TKO. He finished his career with a professional record of 32-16-1-2, and as one of the most celebrated strikers in combat sports, having tallied 29 wins via knockout. Manhoef fought in the most competitive promotions such as Bellator, Strikeforce and ONE Championship.

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