Bellator 155: “Carvalho vs. Manhoef” comes to CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, this Friday night (Fri., May 20, 2016), featuring a main event between newly-minted Middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho — who will make his first title defense — against Dutch fighting veteran Melvin Manhoef.
Carvalho became the man to beat in Oct. 2015 with a stunning liver kick in the second round of his fight with Brandon Halsey, who had been forced to vacate the title because of missing a weight cut (he had never lost a fight until then). Meanwhile, less than one month later at Bellator 146, Manhoef staked his claim at a title shot with a stellar performance against Hisaki Kato. It took exactly 3:43 for “No Mercy” to land the punch that put Kato down and put him next in line, recording win No. 30 of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Manhoef has also been busy in the interim, taking a fight just last month for the debut of Bellator Kickboxing in Torino, Italy. Manhoef claims that fight prepared him for his world title shot at Carvalho in today’s interview with MMAmania.com.
“The sharpness of the standing up fighter is coming back to you when you’re doing a lot of kickboxing. The only thing is defense is different, how you can defend yourself is different, but for the interaction it was very good for me that I had a lot of sparring sessions. That’s why I took the fight. I saw the fight as a tryout for my next bout.”
Manhoef also believes they made some changes in his training camp that will make him even sharper this weekend.
“The preparation — everything is going well. I’m training very hard you know, so I’m enjoying it all the time. Everything is fine. We had a new kind ….View full article
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