Although Manhoef (32-15-1, 2 NC) brought with him the reputation of one-strike knockout power in all four limbs, Anderson never allowed him the time or space to get anything done. Anderson scored a pair of takedowns in Round 1 with ease and spent the majority of the five minutes landing short right hands from top position.
The 44-year-old Manhoef was so overwhelmed by the mauling pressure that he was out-struck 38-1 in the opening frame.
The second round featured more of the same as Anderson secured an early takedown and answered his corner’s call to look for a finish by rising to his knees and landing a trio of short elbows, the third of which opened a gash on Manhoef’s forehead and caused referee Todd Anderson to jump in at 2:34 to end the fight.
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