At K-1 Dynamite 2008, a heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Jerome Le Banner was set to take place towards the end of the night.
But a few days before the event, Le Banner had to withdraw and was quickly replaced with Melvin Manhoef. At the time Manhoef was 22-5-1 and coming off of a loss to Gegard Mousasi at Dream 6 about three months before.
Hunt was 5-4 and coming off of a loss to Alistair Overeem at Dream 5.
The bout begins and Hunt quickly presses Manhoef into the corner. Manhoef though takes a nice swing and hits Hunt right on the button to knock him to the mat.
Manhoef then quickly stands over Hunt and puts an end to Hunt’s night not even 20 seconds into the bout.
The New Zealand native quickly found himself on the mat watching Manhoef celebrate his victory on the opposite turnbuckle.
Hunt has gone 1-2 since the fight with Manhoef in 2008. His latest fight was a second-round knockout of Chris Tuchscherer that earned Hunt “Knockout of the Night” honors.
That fight saw Hunt do damage to the eyelid of Tuchscherer. The 37-year-old Hunt is currently 6-7 in his MMA career.
Manhoef hasn’t had exactly the kind of career you would expect after a win like this. Manhoef has gone 1-4 with his only win coming against Kazuo Misaki at Dynamite!! 2009.
Manhoef most recently fought Tim Kennedy and lost in March of this year by first-round submission (rear-naked choke). Manhoef is currently 24-9-1.
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