Bellator 248 in Paris Adds More Fights, Including Melvin Manhoef

Melvin Manhoef
Melvin Manhoef Credit: Dave Mandel/

The Bellator 248 card in Paris, France — the first legal MMA show in the nation’s history — has added eight more fights.

The event, which takes place October 10 at the Accor Arena in Paris, was already topped by Cheick Kong vs. Tim Johnson, and Michael Page vs. Ross Houston, the latter of which is being promoted as the main event.

Now, notable names like Melvin Manhoef and Oliver Enkamp join the mix.

Manhoef (32-14 1, 2NC), 44, last fought in October 2019 at Bellator 230, extending his win streak to two with a knockout of Yannick Bahati. Now 25 years into his MMA career, the Strikeforce and DREAM veteran will take on Simon Biyong (7-1), a winner of four straight who previously competed for RIZIN Fighting Federation.

Enkamp (9-2) lost both his UFC bouts a couple of years back, but has corrected course with two straight wins under the Bellator MMA banner. He’ll face Emmanuel Dawa, who will be making his promotional debut at the Paris card.

A full list of fights announced to date for Bellator 248 can be found below.

Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson
Michael Page vs. Ross Houston
Melvin Manhoef vs. Simon Biyong
Oliver Enkamp vs. Emmanuel Dawa
Terry Brazier vs. Yves Landu
Davy Gallon vs. Brian Hooi
Dominique Wooding vs. Fabacary Diatta
Jean N’Doye vs. Ciaran Clarke
Dylan Logan vs. William Gomis
Maguy Berchel vs. Lucie Bertaud