Completed MMA Bout

Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef

Main Card | Middleweight · 185 lbs | Pro MMA

"Ruthless" Robbie Lawler
Melvin "No Mercy" Manhoef

Round 1

Robbie Lawler Melvin Manhoef

"Ruthless" "No Mercy"

16-5-0   Pro Record At Fight   24-6-1
Climbed to 17-5   Record After Fight   Fell to 24-7
+172 (Slight Underdog)   Betting Odds   -200 (Moderate Favorite)
United States   Nationality   Netherlands
Coconut Creek, Florida   Fighting out of   Amsterdam, Holland
27 years, 10 months, 1 week, 3 days   Age at Fight   33 years, 8 months, 2 weeks, 5 days
185.8 lbs (84.3 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   185.8 lbs (84.3 kgs)
5'11" (181cm)   Height   5'8" (173cm)
74.0" (188cm)   Reach   71.0" (180cm)
Kill Cliff FC   Gym   Mikes Gym
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Strikeforce: Miami
  • Date: Saturday 01.30.2010
  • Referee: Jorge Ortiz
  • Venue: BankAtlantic Center
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • Location: Sunrise, Florida, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 8 of 12)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock, Stephen Quadros
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Stephen Quadros
  • Lawler Total Disclosed Pay: $100,000
  • Manhoef Total Disclosed Pay: $5,000
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Lawler vs. Manhoef Wiki

Calling Robbier Lawler and Melvin Manhoef mixed martial artists is a bit misleading. While both have excelled as two of the most dangerous middleweight finishers in the world for years, neither has a penchant for displaying a wide array of martial arts skills. What they do exceptionally well at, however, is knocking opponents out. Thus, when they were matched up against one another in January of 2010, fans knew to expect a slugfest.

Lawler was a moderate underdog heading into the fight. Many fans thought that Manhoef’s experience as an elite K-1 kickboxer made him the better striker in what was an obvious striker-versus-striker scenario.

For over three minutes, Manhoef was proving them correct. Manhoef hit Lawler with everything but the kitchen sink in the first round. His most effective weapon, however, was his leg kicks. By the three-minute mark, Lawler was limping on a badly damaged lead leg. In addition to limiting his movement and defensive abilities, this should have sapped some of the power from his counter strikes.

It seemed only a matter of time before Lawler went down for the count. Apparently, he didn’t get the memo. After Lawler had backed up into the cage, and Manhoef went in for the kill, Lawler responded with a last-ditch right hook. Fortunately for Lawler, the hook landed flush, knocking Manhoef out cold in one of the most brutal finishes in Strikeforce history. After the bout, Lawlor was less than celebratory. He was injured, and he knew he had been bested most of the way. A win is a win, however, and Lawlor notched a win to be remembered.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:38 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Highlight  |  Manhoef vs. Lawler Pre-Fight Hype Video by Genghis Con report dead link

    MMA filmmaker Genghis Con hypes the Strikeforce bout between strikers Melvin Manhoef and Robbie Lawler in this pre-fight highlight video.

  • Interview  |  Robbier Lawler post-fight interview report dead link

    Watch this post-fight interview video with Robbie Lawler as he discusses his knockout of Melvin Manhoef at Strikeforce: Miami.

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