Bellator Dublin: Melvin Manhoef faces Yoel Romero in rescheduled bout after injury stopping burglars

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Venue: 3Arena, Dublin Date: Friday, 23 September
Coverage: Live sum connected BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app from 18:00 BST, with the main paper besides unrecorded connected BBC Three from 21:00 BST

Melvin Manhoef was successful Paris promoting an upcoming bout against Yoel Romero erstwhile helium heard immoderate worrying quality - men could beryllium readying to burgle his home.

His woman and children astatine his location successful the Netherlands had recovered sheets of insubstantial pushed nether his beforehand doorway - a instrumentality utilized by thieves who presume if the insubstantial is not picked up wrong days, past cipher is home.

After his household checked footage connected their neighbour's camera, they discovered a antheral who they didn't recognise placing the paper, and a car waiting astir that they had ne'er seen before.

Manhoef instantly rushed home.

"At that infinitesimal my woman and children didn't consciousness safe, due to the fact that they didn't cognize what could happen. I was frightened for them, truthful I came backmost from Paris," Manhoef, 46, tells BBC Sport.

After arriving home, portion his household were out, Manhoef decided to hold successful his car extracurricular his location successful anticipation of questioning the antheral if helium arrived again.

More than an hr later, 3 men turned up successful the car Manhoef had seen connected the camera footage. They spotted Manhoef and drove off.

Manhoef sped aft them, rammed their car disconnected the roadworthy and apprehended each 3 men earlier the constabulary arrived.

"What I did was precise unsafe but to support my household I did what I had to do," helium said.

"I got retired of the car shouting, going brainsick saying 'my family' and this and that, and I went implicit to their car and threw 1 punch done the window, opening each my hand.

"I got the guys, I was shouting and pulled them out. I didn't deed them, but I had to accidental it, I was going retired of my mind."

Manhoef says helium drove astatine "about 120km/h" (75mph) down residential streets to drawback the men.

Melvin Manhoef and Yoel Romero airs  for picturesYoel Romero, left, and Melvin Manhoef are some coming to the extremity of their careers

He is not facing immoderate charges for the incident, which occurred successful March.

"I cognize it is simply a hazard [to speed] but it was to support the family. It isn't good, but the adrenaline takes over. This is who I americium and I privation to support my family," helium said.

"I said to them [while helium waited for the constabulary to arrive] 'listen, bash thing with your life, but not this, man. Don't bargain from people. I cognize beingness is hard but don't bash this'."

Manhoef injured his manus punching done the car model which forced his bout against Romero to beryllium postponed.

The rescheduled light-heavyweight fight, which volition beryllium the 51st and last bout of Manhoef's 27-year MMA career, volition instrumentality spot astatine Bellator 285 successful Dublin connected Friday.

'It's an honour to combat Romero'

Since Manhoef made his debut successful 1995 helium has won 32 of his fights, mislaid 15, drawn 1 with 2 ending successful nary contests.

His past was a decision against Corey Anderson successful 2020.

Manhoef has experienced a batch of alteration passim his vocation successful MMA, wherever a athletics and its athletes erstwhile marginalised successful astir places astir the satellite present flourish.

Manhoef remains grateful that helium was capable to crook his passionateness for warring into his profession.

"What is brainsick is we get bully wage now. Back past it was a batch less," helium said.

"The athletics is truly accepted now, and radical spot you arsenic a existent sportsman.

"Of course, you don't bash the athletics for the money, you commencement arsenic a hobby, truthful past you enactment successful work, and past it is simply a job.

He continued: "We enactment our lives successful information and bash a batch of things. This twelvemonth I've breached my jaw, my thumb, my shin is divided open, truthful galore things, but you get paid good for it and I similar it.

"It is my passionateness truthful I'm precise gladsome I could crook my passionateness into my job."

In Cuba's Romero, Manhoef faces an hostile who similar himself, is simply a seasoned of the sport.

Romero, 45, is simply a erstwhile UFC middleweight rubric challenger who made his debut successful 2009 pursuing a inheritance successful wrestling.

His past combat was a dominant triumph implicit Alex Polizzi astatine Bellator 280 successful Paris, successful May.

"He [Romero] is 1 of the top fighters I person fought against," said Manhoef.

"He is besides a feline who did a batch successful the sport, particularly wrestling. It is simply a large honour to combat him.

"We tin bash our happening and spot who is the best. This is the astir absorbing for a combatant due to the fact that it's what you privation to know. You privation to beryllium the champion truthful you person to combat the best."

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