Manhoef and "Cyborg" fought for the inaugural Gringo Super Fight welterweight championship on Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the "gringo" needed only 46 seconds to earn the 27th knockout victory of his MMA career.
Manhoef rocked the Brazilian and earned the stoppage with a flurry of punches.
"I wasn’t expecting such a quick win," Manhoef told MMAFighting.com after the title fight. "I was expecting a five-round war, but I was very focused."
"Cyborg" protested after the stoppage, claiming that Manhoef landed an illegal knee when he was on the ground.
"I don’t know why (he protested), but I believe the knee was legal," Manhoef said. "I’m okay to rematch him again."
Manhoef might be open to a third fight with Santos, but another rematch is in the making.
Right after Manhoef’s win, PRIDE veteran and former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho entered the cage to challenge the new champion, and Gringo Super Fight promoter Antonio Tolentino announced that Manhoef will fight the Brazilian in November.
Manhoef had no idea, though.
Manhoef, who suffered a first-round submission loss to Filho in 2009, wasn’t asked about the fight before the challenge, but accepted the fight. Filho wanted to fight Manhoef tonight, and even called him to fight outside the arena, but they will have to wait for November.
"I don’t mind," Manhoef said. "No problem, I will beat him. No problem."
Check Gringo Super Fight 10 complete results below:
- Melvin Manhoef def. Evangelista Santos via first-round TKO
- Pedro Brum def. Rodolfo Buda via first-round submission (armbar)
- Murilo Filho def. Lucas Hodak second-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Fabio Verediano def. Carlos Alexandre third-round TKO
- Raush Manfio def. Douglas Saraiva via second-round TKO (doctor stoppage)
- Aline Serio def. Paula Baack via split decision
- Alex Oliveira def. Junior Luiz via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Paulo Robinson def. Tony Fox via unanimous decision
- Thiago Babuino def. Paulo Ricardo via second-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Almir Junior def. Rafael Nem via second-round TKO