Dutch knockout specialist Melvin Manhoef scored the most impressive victory of his thirty plus fight career at “Dynamite!! 2009” as the human wrecking ball caught the highly rated middleweight Kazuo Misaki with a hailstorm of punches on the feet for the TKO victory in the very first round.
The bout which was first reported by FiveOuncesofPain.com, took place from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan as part of the New Years Eve DREAM/Sengoku/K-1 promoted event that aired live stateside on HDNet.
After a brief feeling out process it was Manhoef who came storming in with a series of vicious strikes to the chin of Misaki that dropped “The Hitman” to the canvas in a heap, forcing the referee to call a halt to the beating just minutes into the opening round.
The victory over Misaki is without a doubt the biggest win of the heavy handed Manhoef’s career, who is widely regarded to be the most ferocious knockout artist the game has seen with twenty three of his twenty-four victories being finished by either KO or TKO. Kazuo is a former PRIDE Welteweight Grand Prix Champion with previous victories over the likes of Ed Herman, Denis Kang, Joe Riggs, and most notably, Dan Henderson.
Manhoef, who recently inked a multi-fuight contract with Strikeforce, has gone 7-2 in his last nine bouts with knockout victories over Kazushi Sakuraba and Mark Hunt along the way.
Manhoef is expected to make his Strikeforce debut during the early portion of 2010, and while no possible opponents have been named at this time, Manhoef recently expressed a desire to face off with fellow slugger Robbie Lawler in a recent conversation with FiveOuncesofPain.com.