Hans Nijman

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Hans Nijman
BornJohannes Petrus Nijman
(1959-09-23)23 September 1959
Alkmaar, Netherlands
Died5 November 2014(2014-11-05) (aged 55)
Beverwijk, Netherlands
Multiple gunshots
Nationality Dutch
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight246 lb (112kg)
Division Heavyweight
Reach72.5 in (184 cm)
Style Karate, Kickboxing, Shoot wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherland
TeamDolman Gym
RINGS Holland
Team Hardcore
Dutch Top Team
Teacher(s) Chris Dolman
RankA-Class Shootist
Years active1991-2013
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission4
By knockout1
By submission5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Johannes Petrus "Hans" Nijman (September 23, 1959 – November 5, 2014) was a Dutch former professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler. He competed in the heavyweight division. He was a RINGS Holland veteran and fought for many other top promotions such as Pride FC and It's Showtime. Nijman is believed to have had connections with Willem Holleeder and other big names in the Dutch criminal underworld. His name appeared in several police records and has also been used in big court cases.

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Fighting Network RINGS

A former Kyokushin karateka and kickboxing champion, Hans Nijman made his shoot wrestling debut in Japan for Fighting Network RINGS on December 7, 1991 as part of Chris Dolman's RINGS Holland team. The match was against Masaaki Satake, and the bout ended in a draw. Nijman also drew with Adam Watt, the following year. Nijman suffered his first loss on 25 June 1992 against Akira Maeda, due to submission. On 29 October 1992, Nijman defeated Georgi Keandelaki by knock-out, picking up his first win. 1994 was a good year for Hans, as he managed to gain knock-out victories over Mitsuya Nagai, Zaza Tkeshelashvili, Masayuki Naruse, Nikolai Zouev, and Dick Vrij.

Kyokushin Combat sports organization

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On 25 January 1995, after RINGS started promoting purely competitive fights, Nijman beat Yoshihisa Yamamoto by TKO to win 3rd place in the RINGS Mega Battle Tournament 1994. Nijman lost to Tariel Bitsadze on 1 January 1997 at RINGS: Battle Dimensions. He beat Lee Hasdell by submission at RINGS Holland on 2 February 1997 before losing to Kiyoshi Tamura in Japan on 25 October 1997. Nijman's final fight for RINGS was on 7 March 1999 at RINGS Australia: NR 3. Hans defeated Danny Higgins by rear naked choke at 5:46 of round 1. He later entered the Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round , losing to Kazuyuki Fujita by submission at 2:48 of round 1. [ citation needed ]

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Throughout his RINGS career, Nijman picked up victories over fighters such as; Masayuki Naruse Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Mikhail Illoukhine, Volk Han, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka and Kiyoshi Tamura. Hans Nijman holds a RINGS record of 24 wins, 20 losses and 3 draws. [1]

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Nijman fought in Pride FC's open-weight tournament in 2000 at Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round. Nijman lost to Kazuyuki Fujita by submission. On 21 October 2001, Nijman lost to Barrington Patterson by KO at It's Showtime - Original. Hans Nijman's last fight was against Cheick Kongo at It’s Showtime on 8 June 2003. He lost due to an armbar at 0:59 of round 2. According to Sherdog, Nijman rounded out his professional mixed martial arts record with 9 wins and 6 defeats, although Hans had a few unsanctioned shoot fights in Japan a year following his retirement from mixed martial arts competition in 2003. [ citation needed ]

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On November 5, 2014, around 20:45, Nijman was shot dead whilst sitting in his 2013 Volkswagen Golf around the back of his Dutch Top Team gym "De Meer" in Beverwijk. Witnesses reportedly saw a Volkswagen Golf R32 parked on the parking lot next to his gym open fire on Nijman with automatic rifles whilst he was reversing his car out of the alley where he had parked his car. After the shooting, the Golf R32 took off with high speed southbound on the A22. A half-hour after the shooting two cars, the Golf R32 and a taxi bus, were found burning to the ground in Velserbroek. Both cars were stolen. The suspects have not yet been identified and the motive is unknown. [2]

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Mixed martial arts record

Loss9-7 Minoru Suzuki Submission (kneebar)U-Spirits - AgainMarch 9, 201321:52 Tokyo, Japan, Korakuen Hall
Loss9-6 Cheick Kongo Submission (armbar)It's Showtime: Amsterdam ArenaJune 8, 200320:59 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Loss9-5Barrington PattersonTKO (punches)It's Showtime: OriginalOctober 21, 200111:47 Haarlem, Netherlands
Loss9-4 Kazuyuki Fujita Submission (scarf hold) Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round January 30, 200012:48 Tokyo, Japan
Win9-3Danny HigginsSubmission (rear naked choke) Rings Australia: NR 3 March 7, 199915:46 Alexandra Hills, Queensland, Australia
Loss8-3 Hiromitsu Kanehara Submission (armbar) Rings: World Mega Battle Tournament December 23, 199819:04Japan
Win8-2Vladimir KlementievSubmission Rings: Fourth Fighting Integration June 27, 199814:44 Tokyo, Japan
Win7-2Victor KrugerKO (head kick) Rings Holland: Who's the Boss June 7, 199810:10 Utrecht City, Netherlands
Loss6-2 Kiyoshi Tamura Submission (armlock) Rings - Mega Battle Tournament 1997 Semifinal 1 October 25, 1997110:34Japan
Win6-1 Lee Hasdell Submission (guillotine choke) Rings Holland - The Final Challenge February 2, 199715:35 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Loss5-1 Tariel Bitsadze N/A Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1996 Final January 1, 1997
Win5-0Allen HarrisSubmission (guillotine choke) Rings Holland: Kings of Martial Arts February 18, 199621:30 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win4-0 Volk Han TKO Rings: Budokan Hall 1996 January 24, 1996 Tokyo, Japan
Win3-0Ramaji BuzoriashivilliN/A Rings: Battle Dimensions Tournament 1995 Opening Round October 21, 1995Japan
Win2-0 Andrei Kopylov KO (knee) Rings Holland: Free Fight February 19, 199513:10 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win1-0 Yoshihisa Yamamoto KO (punch) Rings: Budokan Hall 1995 January 25, 199510:43 Tokyo, Japan

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