The Tuf 19 tournament winner Corey Anderson entered this fight with a professional mma record of 13-5-0 (38% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he is ranked as the No.10 light heavyweight in the world but he comes off the loss against Jan Blachowicz (Corey Anderson vs Jan Blachowicz 2). In his previous two bouts he had beat Johnny Walker (Corey Anderson vs Johnny Walker) and Ilir Latifi (Corey Anderson vs Ilir Latifi).
His opponent, the 44-year-old Melvin Manhoef (13 years older than Anderson), has an official record of 32-14-1 (91% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he entered as the No.55 in the same weight class. He lost two consecutive fights between 2016 and 2017, both against Rafael Carvalho (Carvalho vs Manhoef I and Rafael Carvalho vs Melvin Manhoef 2), but then he has won over Kent Kauppinen (Melvin Manhoef vs Kent Kauppinen) and Yannick Bahati. Manhoef vs Anderson is the main event of the Bellator 251. Watch the video and rate this fight!