Pros react after Yoel Romero TKO’s Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 285

By Chris Taylor - September 23, 2022

Tonight’s Bellator 285 event was co-headlined by a highly anticipated light heavyweight bout between Yoel Romero and Melvin Manhoef.

Yoel Romero

Romero (15-6 MMA) was returning to action for the first time since scoring a TKO victory over Alex Polizzi this past May at Bellator Paris. That victory had snapped a four-fight losing skid for ‘The Soldier of God’, as Romero previously suffered a string of decision defeats to Robert Whittaker, Paulo Costa, Israel Adesanya and Phil Davis.

Meanwhile, Melvin Manhoef (32-16-1 MMA) was taking to the cage for the final time in his storied career this evening in Dublin. ‘No Mercy’ had last competed in November of 2020, where he suffered a TKO loss Corey Anderson. Prior to that, the feared Dutch striker was coming off back-to-back wins over Yannick Bahati and Kent Kauppinen.

Tonight’s Bellator 285 co-main event resulted in another strong showing from Yoel Romero. ‘The Soldier of God’ was able to score a knockdown in the opening round from a low kick to left hand combo and appeared to slightly edge out round two. Then, in round three, Romero got the fight to the floor and proceeded to unload some nasty punches and elbows on Manhoef. The referee was eventually forced to step in and call a stop to the contest.

Official Bellator 285 Result: Yoel Romero def. Melvin Manhoef via TKO (elbows) in Round 3

Check out how the pros reacted to ‘Romero vs. Manhoef’ below:

Post-fight reactions to Yoel Romero defeating Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 285:

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