by: Cory Brady
The matchups for the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix semifinals on Sept. 23 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan have been released at last. In one half of the semifinals Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will battle Zelg Galesic while Melvin Manhoef will take on Gegard Mousasi in the second half. The winners of these two elimination bouts will move on to face one another that evening in the cards main event.
Melvin Manhoef is an extremely aggressive and punishing striker that fights out of Amsterdam. He is a K-1 veteran and he boasts a kickboxing record of 34-4 with 25 of those wins coming by knockout. On the MMA side of things Manhoef holds a 22-4 record and has knocked out 21 of the 22 men he has beaten. Melvin is an absolute whirlwind of violence when the bell rings and has the kind of power in his fists that is reminiscent of a young Mike Tyson. Over the last two years Melvin has dropped two fights by armbar but has compiled a five fight knockout streak with his most recent win coming over submission wizard Kazushi Sakuraba and looks to be back on track.