Sherdog.com was notified of the news by KSW co-founder Martin
Lewandowski on Tuesday. Details on Manhoef’s injury were not
immediately available, though more information should be available
shortly. Lewandowski said that he is currently searching for an
injury replacement to fight Khalidov at the Dec. 1 event, which
takes place at Torwar Arena in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to the
planned headliner, the show will also feature a trio of title
fights, as the middleweight, welterweight and lightweight belts
will all be up for grabs.
Manhoef, 36, was set to make his KSW debut. The Surinamese-born
Dutchman would have ridden a two-fight winning streak into his
foray with the Polish promotion, as “No Mercy” most recently
knocked out middleweight King of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura
on Oct. 6.
Three weeks prior, the former Cage Rage light heavyweight champion
snatched a split decision from Jae Young
Kim in the Road FC 9 headliner in South Korea. Known for his
striking prowess and aggression, Manhoef owns 24 of his 26
victories by way of knockout and has gone the distance just twice
in nearly 17 years as a pro.