The Bellator Mw champion Rafael Carvalho entered this fight with a professional mma record of 13-1-0 (77% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he is ranked as the No.25 middleweight in the world. He suffered his only loss at his pro mma debut in 2011, against Julio Cesar Araujo Fernandes, since then he has won 13 consecutive bouts beating Brandon Halsey (=Halsey vs Carvalho) and Melvin Manhoef in his last two (=Carvalho vs Manhoef I).
His opponent, the 40-year-old Melvin Manhoef (10 years older than Carvalho), has an official record of 30-13-1 (93% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he entered as the No.44 in the same weight class. Before losing to Carvalho, Manhoef had beat Hisaki Kato (=Kato vs Manhoef). Rafael Carvalho vs Melvin Manhoef 2, main event of Bellator 176, is valid for the Bellator middleweight title (Carvalho’s second defense). Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: Bellator 176: Carvalho vs Manhoef 2
Where: Pala Aplitour, Turin, Italy
Division: middleweight (185 lbs, 84 kg)
Title: Bellator Middleweight Championship
Their previous fight: Rafael Carvalho vs Melvin Manhoef I
Carvalho’s next fight: Rafael Carvalho vs Alessio Sakara
Carvalho vs Manhoef 2 Fight Video:
(Free embeddable video hosted on Ok.ru and not uploaded by AllTheBestFights)
Official video (USA)