Veteran knockout artist, Yoel Romero has pencilled in his second outing under the Bellator banner since his arrival in the promotion – taking on Suriname striking ace, Melvin Manhoef in the co-main event bout of Bellator Paris on May 6. The event is slated to take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France.
Debuting under the Scott Coker-led promotional banner back in September at Bellator 266, Romero suffered a unanimous decision loss to former light heavyweight champion, Phil Davis over the course of three rounds. The defeat came as Romero’s fourth consecutively.
For Manhoef, the veteran striker saw his two-fight winning streak snapped back in November 2020 at Bellator 251, suffering a knockout loss to Corey Anderson in the latter’s organizational bow. The promotion confirmed the pairing of Romero and Manhoef in an official press release this Thursday afternoon.
13-6 as a professional, Romero, a silver medalist in freestyle wrestling at the 2000 Olympic Games, penned a multi-fight deal with the organization back in December 2020 following his departure from the UFC earlier that month, ending his seven year tenure with the promotion.
A staple of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, Yoel Romero, the owner of 11 separate knockout victories, has managed to secure notable triumphs against the likes of Derek Brunson, Brad Tavares, Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida, Jacare Souza, Chris Weidman, and Luke Rockhold.
Yoel Romero was booked to compete for UFC middleweight gold on four separate occasions, including both undisputed and interim title titles, however, on two occasions, Romero was ineligible to win the title due to weight cut mishaps.
Manhoef, 45, boasts a 32-15-1(2) professional record, competing for the likes of Rings, M-1, Cage Rage, K-1 Dynamite!, Dream, Strikeforce, ONE Championship, KSW, and Bellator over the course of his storied professional career.
From his 32 professional victories, Manhoef has managed to land a jaw-dropping 29 separate knockout wins, including stoppages over Yannick Bahati, Evangelista Santos, Denis Kang, Mark Hunt, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Paul Cahoon over the course of his professional run.
Bellator Paris is slated to take place on May 6. – with an undisputed heavyweight championship rematch between defending champion, Ryan Bader, and the #2 ranked contender, hometown favorite, Cheick Kongo booked to headline the promotion’s return to France.
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