They call him “No Mercy” and that is exactly what you will get in the ring. Melvin Manhoef, a man whose professional career has spanned nearly two decades takes the stage at Glory’s inaugural PPV event, The Last Man Standing on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at The Forum. Since 1995, Melvin Manhoef has delivered brutal blows in both MMA and kickboxing also showing the world that he is dangerous in nearly every weight class. Who has he fought? A better question probably would be who hasn’t he fought? In the kickboxing ring he has faced the likes of Spong, Bonjasky, Leko, Karaev and Slowinksi. Although in all of these match-ups he has not been the victor, one thing is certain, a match involving Melvin promises to bring heavy hits and hardcore action. It is well and widely known that Manhoef is a knockout artist and does it very well. For those who know Melvin Manhoef, they are well aware that he is dangerous from all angles, having brutalized his opponents with left hooks, right hooks and knees. He is legend. In anticipation of his debut with Glory I had the opportunity to talk to Melvin about his past, present and his vision for the future.
SW: Melvin, you made it here to Glory and this very exciting event. How do you feel?
MM: I think I am ready. I had very good training and I am prepared.
SW: Is there anyone in particular that you would like to fight?
MM: No, I’m a fighter and I will fight whoever they put in front of me. All of the guys are dangerous in the tournament but I feel prepared to fight any of them.
SW: You are known for having a very aggressive style and have had some brutal knockouts in kickboxing and MMA. Do you have any prediction about how your fight with Verlindin will end?
MM: I like the knock out, but we will just see, but of course I like the knockout! My goal is to be the champion.
SW: For your training, you were training at Mike’s Gym or somewhere else?
MM: Well I train at Mike’s Gym sometimes but I also have my own gym.
SW: Many fighters have their own gym is this your eventual plan to do as maybe you move away from fighting in the ring, spending more time as a coach?
MM: Well I do that now in my gym and I won’t be fighting until the point that I can’t see. Right now, I feel good and don’t think it’s any problem for me to fight. No injuries right now, so I’m ready.
SW: Kickboxing or MMA, which do you prefer?
MM: I have a lot of experience in both. With kickboxing, it’s very fast and there’s a lot of action. I like MMA too, it’s just a different style of fighting.
SW: Glory is doing some very exciting things, revitalizing kickboxing in America.
MM: Yes, and I am happy to be a part of this. I thank Glory for having me at this event, it is very big. June 21st will be very good for the fans.