Melvin Manhoef Takes on Simon Biyong at Bellator Paris

By Tudor Leonte Sep 18, 2020

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Legendary Dutch kickboxer Melvin Manhoef is not finished yet.

On Friday morning, Bellator MMA revealed in a press release that Manhoef (32-14-1, 1 NC) will be taking on Simon Biyong (7-1) in a light heavyweight clash that will go down at the upcoming Bellator Paris card. In addition, the promotion announced a series of other matchups at the event, including multiple natives of France.

The last time he fought, former title challenger Manhoef smashed Yannick Bahati with a barrage of heavy ground-and-pound halfway through the first stanza. In his post-fight interview, the 44-year-old Dutch fighter was non-committal regarding his fighting future, but it seems that he has found the motivation to keep going.

Born in Cameroon but fighting out of Italy, Biyong makes his Bellator debut on a four-bout winning streak. All but one of his victories have come inside the distance. In his latest appearances, he crushed Quinton Rossouw at EFC 82 before forcing Vitaly Shemetov to tap out from strikes in December at Rizin 20.

The California-based promotion also announced that Ultimate Fighting Championship vet Oliver Enkamp (9-2) would lock horns with France’s Emmanuel Dawa (9-3) in a welterweight feature. Plus, Bellator newcomer Yves Landu (15-8) takes on England's Terry Brazier (11-3) in the lightweight division, and French MMA vet Davy Gallon (18-7-2) is meeting Brian Hooi (16-7, 1 NC) in a 158-pound catchweight.

Bellator Paris will take place at the Accor Arena in Paris, France, on Oct. 10. The card will be headlined by the rematch between Cheick Kongo (30-10-2, 1 NC) and Timothy Johnson (14-6) at heavyweight. Plus, Michael Page (17-1) is welcoming former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship champion Ross Houston (8-0, 1 NC) in Bellator's 170-pound division.

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