Former Pride Grand Prix Fighter Hans Nijman Shot To Death

Hans Nijman, a pro wrestler who fought in the now-legendary Pride Open Weight Grand Prix tournament in 2000, was shot to death in his car on Wednesday in front of a gym he partially owned in Beverwijk, Holland, according to multiple reports. Nijman was 55.

It is rumoured the shooting is mob related, it took place just before 10 p.m. local time that night. People in the area reported hearing shots from automatic weapons. Two vehicles were later found on fire at a car park.

It was reported by local media that Nijman’s had been suspect in a number of investigations regarding drug dealing and blackmail.

Nijman was one of the major stars with the group in the 90s. When RINGS made the transition from doing predetermined matches to doing non-predetermined matches, Nijman won three of his four fights with the group, even though he was nearly 40.

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