Yoel Romero Scores Vicious Ground & Pound Finish Over Melvin Manhoef – Bellator 285 Results (Highlights)

"Soldier of God" earned another dominant victory with a late finish over "No Mercy"

Yoel Romero
Credit: Bellator

Former UFC middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero, currently competing for Bellator as a light heavyweight, returned to action against Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 285 in Dublin, Ireland.

Bellator 285: Yoel Romero vs. Melvin Manhoef

Round 1

Manhoef producing more output early in the fight. Romero is in the middle of the octagon with him but remains composed. Nice counter left by Romero. Manhoef goes for a heavy kick and slips. Romero connects with a low kick and gets Manhoef on the floor. Yoel in side position. Romero gets on top. Manhoef got Romero in the half guard. Romero maintains position on top. Manhoef taking elbows and light strikes from the bottom. Romero working on an Americana setup here. Manhoef trying hard to keep away and finally gets free from the threat. Romero still on top. 

Round 2

Manhoef with feints. Romero stays on the outside. Trade of inside leg kicks from both. Romero steps in with a straight left. Manhoef blocks a kick to the head. Manhoef blitzes in with a left hook but misses. Romero tries to trip him down but Manhoef stays calm. Romero goes for a takedown attempt, and hits a left on the way up after not scoring it. Manhoef eats a left hand. A left from Romero shakes Manhoef. A huge left hook from Romero has Manhoef hurt right before the buzzer.

Round 3

Romero comes out firing with two punch and a kick to the body combination. Nice shot to the body from Manhoef. A takedown feint from Romero draws a huge reaction from Manhoef. Romero shoots at Manhoef against the cage before taking him down. Romero laying the ground and pound here. Romero locks in on Manhoef’s shoulder. Romero with sharp elbows and strikes from the top. Some brutal elbows from Romero call a stop to the contest.

Official Result: Yoel Romero defeats Melvin Manhoef via KO (R3, 3:34)

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