Corey Anderson’s ballet MMA debut is just around the corner.
Officials announced Wednesday that longtime UFC light heavyweight contenders will include veteran Melvin Manhoff at the Bellator 251 main event on November 5 at the Mohagen Sun Arena in Connecticut. The main card will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network, including the debut on the Ballet MMA YouTube channel. CBSSports. Com.
Anderson (13-5) was dropped from the UFC earlier this year after defeating reigning champion John Blechoviz lost a knockout. The defeat spawned a four-fight winning streak that kept him at bay for the title shot, but instead he will try to unsettle Vadim Nemkov as Bellator’s 205 lbs champ.
Manhof (32-14-1-2 NC) is a fighting sports legend whose career spans 25 years in MMA and kickboxing. The 44-year-old Dutchman has won the last two ballet fights against Kent Kaupinen and Yannick Bahti. Manhoff is best known for his knockout power (famous Coin Mark Hunt in 2008) and action-packed thrillers, most notably against Evangelista Santos at Cage Rage in 2006.
Yes, this is a bit of a strange matchmaking. Anderson is clearly one of the top light heavyweights in the world and Manhoff is very old and not even a true light heavyweight. There is no doubt that Anderson will be a huge favorite when these two ballers enter the cage.
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