Yoel Romero has back-to-back wins on his record for the first time since 2016 after beating Melvin Manhoef in the Bellator 285 co-main event.

Romero (15-6 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) sent Manhoef (32-16-1 MMA, 4-5 BMMA) into retirement on a low note when he earned a third-round knockout victory in Friday’s light heavyweight co-headliner, which took place at 3Arena in Dublin.

“The Soldier of God” now puts himself in a prominent position in the company, and could be on the cusp of a title shot.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Romero’s victory over Manhoef at Bellator 285

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Luke Thomas

Romero level changes like he’s doing a Bulgarian split squat.

— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) September 23, 2022

Romero on top in half guard. He demolished Machida with elbows from this position.

— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) September 23, 2022

Dann Stupp

Would be hilarious if Manhoef closes out his career with some crazy submission from the bottom.

— Dann Stupp (@DannStupp) September 23, 2022

Danny Segura

I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much intentional use of wrestling and control from Romero. Interesting to see this new wrinkle to his game. #Bellator285

— Danny Segura (@dannyseguratv) September 23, 2022

The Mac Life

Okay you probably could have blinked in that first round.

— The Mac Life (@TheMacLife) September 23, 2022

Danny Brener

Yoel Romero looks like he’s wearing boxing gloves.

— (Danny) Brener.ETH (@DannyBrener) September 23, 2022

David Michaud

Has either guy landed 10 significant strikes yet?

— David Michaud (@bulldawg_170) September 23, 2022

Luke Thomas

Romero polishes off Manhoef with GNP in the third. Bit a slow boil, but he was never in trouble once in the fight.

— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) September 23, 2022

Matheus Aquino

Fuck it. I don’t care what the end result said, Melvin won by DQ. Yoel cheated with the takedown.

— Matheus Aquino (@MatheusDCAquino) September 23, 2022

Scott Coker

Melvin @Team_Manhoef, you are one of my favorite fighters ever and it has been an absolute honor to promote you. Thank you for all the great memories over the years #Bellator285

— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) September 23, 2022

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