Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef
The very first time Carvalho and Manhoef locked horns was at Bellator 155, back in May of 2016, and to say that the middleweight title fight left a little something to be wanted, would be a little bit of an understatement. Exactly what was anticipated to be a battle between a Muay Thai striker and a KO artist, wound up looking like a glorified looking contest. The bout was 5 rounds of tentativeness, which drew plenty of boo’s from the crowd, as well as seemed to irritate referee Big John McCarthy. Carvalho won the split decision triumph, however it’s tough to call a genuine winner because fight.
The rematch was initially set up for Bellator 168 in December of 2016, however Carvalho had to withdraw due to injury. Now, practically a full year eliminated from the initial match, Carvalho and Manhoef will run it back, to ideally much better represent Bellator MMA’s middleweight championship. Make no mistake about this, with 38 KO’s in between the 2 of them, Carvalho vs. Manhoef still has the possible to produce an abundance of fireworks, however will they shoot this second time around?