Former Pride & Rings Fighter Shot Dead

Former Dutch fighter, Hans Nijman was shot dead today in a driveby shooting in parking lot in Beverwijk. Suspects have not yet been identified.

He ran the school with his partner Dick Vrij, also a famous Dutch MMA fighter.

Vrij had been kept in jail for the last few weeks because of threats on his life. Both Vrij and Nijman have been suspected of being the bodyguards of famous Dutch top-criminals, and also being key figures in the Dutch underworld themselves.

Although not known well by the casual mixed martial arts fan, Nijman began his professional fighting career in 1995.  He has 12 fights in Rings, 1 in Pride Fighting Championship and 2 in It’s Showtime.

In his last fight in 2003, Nijman lost to future UFC and Bellator star Cheick Kongo via armbar submission.

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