Melvin Manhoef is promising “a hard explosive fight” DEEP champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi at tomorrow’s ONE FC show.
Manhoef was originally scheduled to take on renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral but his opponent was recently changed to the Japanese fighter, and it very possibly makes for a better fight. Nakanishi likes a brawl and while he has a wrestling and Sambo background, he may choose to stand with Manhoef in order to try and prove a point.
“I’m not disappointed. Of course I would have liked to fight [Babalu] a lot, but who knows maybe in the future it will happen. I’m also excited to fight my new opponent. I know he’s a strong complete fighter so it will be a hard fight,” Manhoef says.
He might be on a three-fight slide but nobody is going to take Manhoef lightly when they are facing the prospect of being locked in a cage with him. An unapologetic brawler, Manhoef also has extensive period of competing under K-1 rules and has above-average striking skill.
Manhoef has also knocked most of his opponents out and even though Nakanishi outsizes him, it is nothing he has not faced before.
“I've fought bigger guys most of my career. Of course it's hard for me to fight the heavier guys since most of them are naturally heavier and taller than me, but I like the variation and the challenge,” he says.
“I really don't know if he will stand with me, but as with most of my opponents I think he'll prefer to take the fight to the ground. It's always hard to predict the fight. The only thing I can tell you is that I'm ready and focused. I think it's going to be a hard explosive fight.”
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