The 46-year-old MMA original announced his retirement Friday night carrying out a third-round knockout loss to Yoel Romero within the co-primary event of Bellator 285, which required place in the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. This news brings an finish to some near three-decade career both in MMA and boxing that saw Manhoef establish themself among the most harmful knockout artists of his time.
Throughout a career that started in 1995, Manhoef competed for pretty much every major non-UFC promotion on the planet, making stops in Rings, Strikeforce, Bellator, ONE Championship, K-1, DREAM, KSW, and much more. He authored a slew of highlight-reel knockouts, including an 18-second jewel against Mark Search along with a 90-second destruction of Kazushi Sakuraba, each of which happened in 2008. Also, he required on the best competition around, facing off against the kind of Robbie Lawler, Gegard Mousasi, Paulo Filho, and much more.