For the past few months there has been talk about Melvin Manhoef retiring from combat sports, in fact, it was going to happen on a Manhoef-promoted show until any mention of that kind of disappeared. Now we know why. Bellator has decided to bring back the ever-entertaining striker for Bellator 146. His opponent? None other than the man who recently shocked the world by knocking Joe Schilling out, Hisaki Kato.
Kato made his Bellator debut at Bellator 139 against Joe Schilling in a bout many saw Schilling winning only for Kato to score a dramatic knockout to secure the win. Manhoef was holding his own against Schilling in his last Bellator appearance until Schilling came back and scored a pretty crazy knockout. For Manhoef he can get some form of redemption while Kato can once again prove that he can hang with the elite strikers in the middleweight division.