Strikeforce has just announced they have inked Melvin Manhoef to a multi-fight contract. The former K-1 superstar has been one of Japan’s most popular fighters over the years, and Strikeforce is now hoping that his popularity will translate State-side as well.
The 33-year-old hails from Amsterdam, Netherlands and reached the semifinals of the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix in 2008. He posted 1stRound TKOs over Dae Won Kim and legendary champion Kazushi Sakuraba.
His ‘When I fight, I am willing to die’ mentality has allowed him to post W’s in 22 of his 30 career MMA contests, along with a 27-18 kickboxing record.
Manhoef was last seen getting submitted by Jiu Jitsu ace Paulo Filho at Dream.10 this past July. The 1stRound arm-bar was his second loss in his last three contests.
It is unknown when he will step into a Strikeforce cage, however the San Jose-based organization plans to have a big 2010, and there is no reason to believe Manhoef won’t be a part of the festivities.