Melvin Manhoef buys into the timeless notion that age is just a number.
“I’m 39 years old, but I don’t feel like I’m a day over 29,” says Manhoef, who has 93 documented mixed martial arts and kickboxing fights to his name. “I feel good. I still love training. I still love what I do.”
A positive attitude can bring someone a long way in life — just look at everything Holly Holm had to say leading up to UFC 193, when the whole world was telling her she couldn’t defeat Ronda Rousey — but some professions favor the young more than others.
And Manhoef’s profession of choice ranks pretty high on the danger scale. Even Rousey, three months shy of that 29 number Manhoef cites, got violently knocked out last weekend. Manhoef, for his part, has been finished both of his past two MMA fights (one, against Alexander Shlemenko, was overturned after Shlemenko failed a drug test) and his last kickboxing match.
Manhoef made his MMA debut on Dec. 2, 1995, using an open-handed palm strike to finish the long-forgotten Jordy Jonkers. That fight was seven months after Royce Gracie tangled with Ken Shamrock the second ….View original article
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