Blended martial arts icon Melvin Manhoef preparing to promote on Teesside

Mixed martial arts knockout machine Melvin Manhoef has actually revealed plans to co-promote a kickboxing program on Teesside in 2017.

The Dutch puncher has actually been brought to the area two times by Middlesbrough gym owner and promoter Garry Bell for some seminars.

And he told the Gazette during his newest trip that the two are aiming to put on some huge fights together next year after striking up a bond.

I like exactly what Garry is doing, stated the 40-year-old middleweight.

He is aiming to build a profile in England and I want to partner up with him.

The show will be here, let us grow and broaden together.

Manhoef presently plies his trade with Bellator in the USA and runs his own World Fighting League promotion in the Netherlands, he loves the UK.

In addition to fighting various times in Japan, he created a track record as a fearsome finisher throughout his reign as Cage Rage light heavyweight champion in the mid-2000s.

His 2006 war with Evangelista Cyborg Santos at Wembley Conference Centre is considered among the all-time biggest MMA battles - the video has actually got more than 1.2 million hits on YouTube.

England is like my 2nd home, Manhoef stated.I made my name with Cage Rage and I will never forget that.I still have a lot of good friends here, and the fans are terrific.They support you no matter what and appreciate you even when you lose.

In Holland when you lose they tell you that you need to stop which you re finished.Manhoef’s latest trip to Teesside saw him review the Contender Fight Academy in Stockton between stops at gyms in York, Liverpool, Sheffield and Blyth.Melvin is always excellent with everyone. He is just a typical person outside the ring, like among the lads, Bell added.

He is actually proficient at discussing how he attacks and counter-attacks, and the positions you have to be in to do it.It’s fascinating enjoying him work, and we’re aiming to obtain some huge names on our show next year.