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Melvin Manhoef meeting Mamed Khalidov at KSW 23

Mamed Khalidov - MMAWEEKLYThey may not call the UFC home but there’s no doubt middleweights Melvin Manhoef and Mamed Khalidov are two of the most talented 185ers not currently displaying their talents inside the Octagon. Manhoef is a knockout artist with heavy hands and a polished kickboxing background, while Khalidov is a well-rounded finisher who has only stumbled a single time in more than 25 tilts. And, fortunately for fans, the dynamic duo will be duking it out next month on a card in Poland.

According to an official announcement, Manhoef and Khalidov are set to collide on June 8 at KSW 23. Ultimate Fighter 3 champ Kendall Grove will also see action on the card, as will heavyweight powerhouse Mariusz Pudzianowski.

Manhoef is coming off a decision loss to Brock Larson but had picked up a trio of victories prior to the defeat. He holds an overall record of 27-10-1 including 25 knockouts and finishes of Denis Kang, Kazuo Misaki, Evangelista Santos, and Mark Hunt.

The 26-4-2 Khalidov has long been labeled as one of Europe’s elite competitors. He has scored stoppages against all but one of the opponents he’s beaten with a solid balance between knockouts/submissions. Among the opponents he’s beaten are the likes of Grove, Jorge Santiago, and Matt Lindland.


  • trupert says:

    I’d say the winner gets the call to come to the UFC but rumor has it that Khalidov is asking for A.Silva money. I think Manhoef has high salary demands as well. We’ll see….but if the UFC passed on Kharitonov because of his high salary and couldn’t work it out with Barnett, then I’m not holding my breath for these guys.

  • MCM says:

    They should both get a call to the UFC. The UFC gave Lawler a shot and look what it did for him. Manhoef has earned a shot many times over and Khalidov is clearly UFC caliber.

    I wanna see Manhoef vs Vitor.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Khalidov should be ranked top 10 at least but no one really knows him so he isnt.
    guy is a menace and a really bad match up for Manhoef. Mamed is world class on the ground, i see a kimura on the horizon.
    and yes, both guys should get to fight in the UFC or Bellator, they need to be tested more.

  • Mightymark says:

    Khalidov has already been offered a UFC contract but apparently the offer was a lot less than he gets paid
    by KSW so it was turned down. Its a real pity as I would love to see what he can do against world class


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