Melvin Manhoef can forget about fighting Paul Daley for now, as he earned himself a future middleweight title shot by finishing Doug Marshall Friday night at Bellator 125.
Initial plans involving Manhoef had him facing Daley if he got by Marshall. However, it was announced following the fight that he will face the winner of Alexander Shlemenko-Brandon Halsey next.
“Where is Scott (Coker), I want to kiss him,” said Manhoef, when told of the title shot. “I love you man and thank you very much. I will not let you down.”
In the co-main event, Rafael Carvahlo earned a victory over Brian Rogers, while Javy Ayala and Goiti Yamauchi were main card winners, as well.
Complete results can be found below:
Melvin Manhoef def. Doug Marshall via KO (strike) at 1:45 of Round 1
Rafael Carvahlo def. Brian Rogers via TKO (strikes) at 3:06 of Round 1
Javy Ayala def. Raphael Butler via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:03 of Round 1
Goiti Yamauchi def. Martin Stapleton via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:37 of Round 1
Joe Neal def. Paul Ruiz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Ramirez def. Oscar Ramirez via submission (armbar) at :42 of Round 1
Chris Honeycutt def. Aaron Wilkinson via TKO (strikes) at 4:42 of Round 2
Julie Cesar Neves def. Poppies Martinez via TKO (strikes) at 2:16 of Round 1
Jonny Bonilla-Bowman def. Art Becerra via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jesse Juarez def. Ron Keslar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
George Zuniga def. Granson Clark via TKO (strikes) at :34 of Round 1