Tape rankings @ Light Heavyweight
Who won Romero vs Manhoef?
Yoel Romero beat Melvin Manhoef by , during the co-main event of Bellator Dublin, on Friday 23rd September 2022 at 3Arena Dublin in Dublin.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Yoel Romero.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Romero vs Manhoef stats
Yoel Romero stepped into the ring with a record of 14 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Melvin Manhoef made his way to the ring with a record of 32 wins, 15 loses and 1 draw, with 29 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Manhoef had a slight advantage in power over Romero, with a 91% knock out percentage over Romero's 86%.
Yoel Romero was the younger man by 1 year, at 45 years old.
Romero had a height advantage of 4 inches over Manhoef. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Romero was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 28 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 14 year later than Manhoef, whose first professional fight was in 1995. He had fought 16 less professional rounds, 57 to Manhoef's 73.
Romero vs Manhoef form
Yoel Romero had stopped 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Alex Polizzi at Bellator 280 on 6th May 2022 by knockout in the 3rd round at Accor Arena, Paris, France.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Phil Davis at Bellator 266 on 18th September 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at SAP Center, San Jose, United States.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Israel Adesanya at UFC 248 on 7th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had been beaten by Paulo Costa at UFC 241 on 17th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Honda Center, Anaheim.
He had lost to Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 on 9th June 2018 by split decision in their 5 round contest at United Center, Chicago.
Romero's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 3 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
Manhoef's last 3 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 3 months and 1 day, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 1 month. In those fights, he fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.