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Carlos Dieke

Peter Dijkman

Eric Edlenbos

Rob van Esdonk

  • The Apprentice: To Johan Vos, Ivan Hippolyte, Thom Harinck, Jan Plas, Piet van Deutekom, and Chris Dolman.
  • Badass Grandpa: Was in his 40s when he fought in RINGS.
  • I Know Kickboxing: Trained at many gyms like Vos Gym, Mejiro Gym, Chakuriki Gym and Van Deutekom Gym and was a 2 time European champion. He also trained in boxing and sambo.
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Ruud Ewoldt

Kenneth Felter

Ricardo Fyeet

"Fyeet was making his RINGS debut and he's the most colorful fighter this organization has brought over in years. He's a kickboxer from Holland, who looks, if you can imagine this, like a cross between Sweet Daddy Siki with the bleached hair, and the late Lonnie Mayne or Dick Brower because of the crazy eyes. He has great charisma and good hand speed and packs a very strong punch. However, he's still very inexperienced on the ground and you can't consistently win at this game lacking ground skill. Since he's only 23, he has potential and quite frankly, he has a natural charisma as he connected with the crowd like only the top level pro wrestlers, and look to, where if someone would get a hold of him, he probably would be more successful at traditional pro wrestling than anything, although he'd have to add some mass to his 206 pound frame, but he's got the height and frame to where he could do that pretty easily."
— Dave Meltzer

  • A Day In The Lime Light: Won his first match in the 1999 King of Kings tournament against Robert Tyrone, but then lost in 8 seconds to Andrei Kopylov.
  • The Apprentice: To John and Christian Tulis, Cor Hemmers, Dave Jonkers, Bert Kops Jr, Milton Felter, and Mike Passenier.
  • Ax-Crazy: He has the look down at least.
  • Beard of Evil: A dyed blonde goatee actually.
  • The Berserker: A very aggressive fighter, referees had to throw him off his opponents to make him stop.
  • Death Glare: He usually circles and gets in his opponent's face with one during match introductions.
  • Delinquent Hair: Shaves part of his head, leaving some hair at the back of his head, then dyes it in the shape of a skull.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In his first 2 fights in RINGS Holland, he actually waits in his corner during match introductions and even fist bumps with his opponents before the fights begin. He always was The Berserker though, with his dyed blond goatee.
  • Establishing Character Moment: It was his fight against Jerrel Venetiaan at RINGS Holland: The Kings of the Magic Ring show is where he displayed his Ax-Crazy mannerisms and the skull at the back of his head.
  • Fake Ultimate Villain: Looked like he was Ax-Crazy, was incredibly imposing as he would stare down his opponents and walk around them like he was a predator stalking his prey during match introductions, was a good enough striker that few people were willing to trade strikes with him and was billed in Japan as Holland's secret weapon. Then he lost to a debuting Alistair Overeem and got submitted by Andrei Kopylov in 8 seconds which destroyed that image.
  • Foil: Was comparable to Dick Vrij, both were hard hitting Dutch kickboxers, were intimidating presences in the ring, but were later exposed as not being at good as hyped up to be and lacked grappling talent. While Vrij was a Big, Strong, Chiseled, Stoic, white Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, who looked like a Terminator, Fyeet was an Ax-Crazy, Berserking, Lean and Mean, Scary Black Man, who acted like a predator with his prey. Even their nicknames contrast each other, Vrij was the "Cyborg" and Fyeet was "The Animal".
    • Was also one to Gilbert Yvel as they both have backgrounds in Karate and Muay Thai, had very aggressive and wild fighting styles, were Dutch Scary Black Men, and both even trained under Bert Kops Jr for grappling (not that they really gained anything out of that). The differences between them are Fyeet’s lack of success in MMA compared to Yvel’s, Fyeet’s Delinquent Hair versus Yvel’s Bald of Evil, and in their behaviors; Fyeet was called "The Animal" as he like to intimate his opponents by acting like predator stalking his prey before the fight starts, while Yvel was called "The Hurricane" as he didn’t try to intimate his opponents because he didn’t care if they were or not, he just wanted to kick their heads in.
  • Go for the Eye: Tried to eye gouge Tyrone Roberts in the first round of the 1999 King of Kings tournament.
  • I Know Karate: Started at the age of six then switched to Kickboxing and Muay Thai at age 17 at places like Matuari Gym, Golden Glory and Mike's Gym. He also trained for grappling at Sportcentrum KOPS, though he didn't get much out of it.
  • Lean and Mean
  • Name's the Same: Not to be confused with another kickboxer and MMA fighter with the same name.
  • One-Hit Kill: Suffered one by Andrei Kopylov.
  • Red Baron: "The Animal", "Holland no Himitsu Heiki" ("Holland's Secret Weapon").
  • Scary Black Man: He puts in more effort to invoke this trope than most.
  • Shocking Defeat Legacy: His loss to Andrei Kopylov in 8 seconds is the most well known thing about his MMA career.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Was mostly a pure kickboxer with his grappling skills limited to keeping the fight standing and when on the ground, holding on until the referee returns the fight to standing.

Marcel Haarmans

Erik van der Hoven

Rob Kaman

"In my eyes Rob Kaman is the best kick boxer that the Netherlands ever had."
— Dick Vrij

  • The Apprentice: To Jan Plas.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Badass Teacher: Has trained guys like Bob Schrijber, Brandon Vera, Jason Miller, etc. He also does seminars and has video instructional series.
  • Guest Fighter: Had a RINGS match against Nobuaki Kakuda in 1992 and a Kickboxing match against Masaaki Satake.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ramon Dekkers. Kaman was at ringside during many of Dekkers' matches, including his farewell fight. They often trained together and became good friends. Dekkers and Kaman were dubbed by fight fans in Thailand as "The Double Dutch Duo".
  • I Know Kickboxing: A 9 time world champion in this and Muay Thai. He first started with Pentjak Silat though.
  • Odd Friendship: With Jean-Claude Van Damme and has appeared in some of his movies.
  • Red Baron: "The Dutchman", "Hammerkick", "Mr Low Kick", "Kikku no Teiō" ("Kick Emperor").
  • Worthy Opponent: He considered all the Thai fighters he faced to be his toughest opponents, Ernest Hoost was the smartest, and Peter Smit was the craziest. He also thinks this of Rick Roufous, when fighting under ISKA rules.

Joop van Kasteel

"Kasteel, who looks like a huge bodybuilder, outweighed Tamura by 77 pounds, 266 to 189. Even more than the Hans Nyman and Bitzsade Tariel matches, the size difference looked huge because Kasteel is a bodybuilder while the other two are simply big fat guys fighting a very small but muscular foe."
— Dave Meltzer

Brian Lo-A-Njoe

Jan Lomulder

Sander MacKilljan

Ton van Maurik

  • The Apprentice: To Chris Dolman.
  • Cool Teacher: Owner of the Maurik Gym.
  • Downer Ending: Died in 19th April 1993 at the age of 34. RINGS held a moment of silence and ten gong salute at the RINGS: BATTLE DIMENSION '93: TOKYO BAY AREA CIRCUIT #1 show.
  • I Know Karate: Undefeated full-contact karate champion. He also was an amateur boxing champion, a national sambo champion, and knew freestyle wrestling.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Ton or Tom?

Hans Nijman

  • Affectionate Nickname: Hans is just a short form of his full first name, which is Johannes.
  • The Apprentice: To Chris Dolman and Michel van Halderen.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Became the head of the Dutch fighters after Chris Dolman retired.
  • Badass Grandpa: Was in his mid-thirties when he debuted in RINGS and was the oldest recurring member (behind Chris Dolman and Dick Vrij) on the original team.
  • Bash Brothers: With Dick Vrij.
  • Bouncer: Was a doorman for the renowned coffee shop, "The Bulldog" in Amsterdam.
  • Cool Teacher: Had a hand in training Joop Kasteel for MMA, had his own gym called De Meer, and was the head trainer of Beverwijk Top Team.
  • Downer Ending: Died in 2014 in a shootout in Holland. He was 55.
  • Extremity Extremist: Was a kicking specialist, though he did have other tools, he just prefers to kick.
  • I Know Karate: A multiple time Dutch Kyokushin national champion, two time European Champion and was also a Kickboxing champion. He also trained in boxing and freestyle wrestling and later in his career put in serious effort to learning Judo and sambo.
  • Red Baron: "Mr Legs", "The Bulldog from Amsterdam", "Oranda Gundan no Ura Banchō" ("The Hidden Boss of the Dutch Corps").
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Nijman? Nyman? RINGS also spelt his first name as Hanse for some reason.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Was part of the Netherlands team along with Dick Vrij and Joop van Kasteel for the World Mega Battle Tournament of 1998.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He was mostly a kickboxer, but his striking was fearsome, and he later put effort in learning about grappling.
  • Ur-Example: He was the first person in showing the downward roundhouse kick which would later be popularized as "the Brazilian Kick" by Glaube Feitosa. Nijman called it "Nijman Geri" and used it as a double feint, though once actually injured Mitsuya Nagai with it.

Henk Numan

Pieter Oele

Frederik van Oosterom

Alistair Overeem

"There is no fear. There are only two things. Trained and untrained."

  • A Day in the Limelight/Early-Bird Cameo: Unusually enough, he debuted in the promotion taking part in the King of Kings 1999 tournament, but was eliminated by Yuriy Kochkine.
  • The Apprentice: To Chris Dolman, Lucien Carbin, Peter Hoopman, Greg Jackson, Mike Winkeljohn, Dave Jonkers, Cor Hemmers, Martin de Jong, Randy Couture, Ron Frazier, Neil Melanson, Roberto Flamingo , Robert Follis, and Dennis Davis.
  • Bash Brothers: With his real brother Valentijn.
  • Big Little Brother: Somewhat though Alistair's brother Valentijn has put on some muscle himself over the years.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He knocked out Kazuyuki Fujita. Granted Fujita was past his prime when it happened.
  • Drop the Hammer: Liked carrying around a big wooden hammer in his PRIDE days.
  • Fan Nickname: "The Reem", "Ubereem" to signify the ridiculously muscled physique that he developed after moving up to the heavyweight weight class.
  • Future Badass: He would amass a 12 wins streak after his tenure in RINGS and would become one of the most known UFC powerhouses.
  • Glass Cannon: While not as bad as his brother, Alistair is an incredibly large and incredibly buff looking man with some of the most brutal striking in the sport and a very good grappling game all of which is offset by poor stamina, defense, and a very glassy chin.
  • Heroic Build: When he moved up to the heavyweight class.
  • Hero Killer: Has defeated names like Igor Vovchanchyn, Kazuyuki Fujita, Brock Lesnar, Peter Aerts in Kickboxing twice, etc.
  • Hidden Depths: He has been learning how to fly a private plane for a Private Pilot License.
  • I Know Kickboxing: And sambo. He also went to Thailand to train in Muay Thai, is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a green belt in Judo and learned Gaidojutsu at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Considered one of the best rounded heavyweights in the sport, though he is mainly known for his excellence and power on the striking field.
  • Lightning Bruiser: One of the fastest heavyweights in the game today.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Was a 2005 ADCC European Trials Winner in the 99kg class.
  • Red Baron: "The Demolition Man", "The Hyper Dutch Cyclone", "Hakaimono" ("Destroyer").
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a scar on his left cheek from being hit with a beer bottle in a bar fight when he was 15 years old.
  • Scary Black Man
  • Signature Move: Left knee to midsection, left body kick, and the guillotine choke.
  • Tag Along Kid: He was in RINGS basically for being Valentijn's little brother.
  • Tempting Fate: Alistair showed no respect to "Bigfoot" Silva in the weeks leading up to or during their fight. During the fight, he repeatedly dropped his hands, chin up, without regard for Silva's striking. He ended up on the receiving end of a shocking TKO in the third round after arguably winning the previous two.
  • The Unfettered: While not as dirty as his fellow countrymen, he does have some cheating to his name, especially in K-1 fights and fans have criticized his constant use of throws in those fights.
  • Ur-Example: The only fighter to simultaneously hold three championship belts from Strikeforce, K-1 and Dream. He also is the first of only two fighters to win a world championship in MMA and Kickboxing.

Valentijn Overeem

"Overeem would have been considered a safe opponent for Tamura in a shoot, but nobody understood just how much he's improved and how dangerous he is. It was one of those fights where you see a guy go into the ring thinking he can't lose, and all of a sudden he's getting his ass kicked royally."
— Dave Meltzer, on the Overeem vs Tamura title fight.

“Anybody who steps in a ring or cage has balls, fans should understand we are all human beings and we can have personal problems, family issues, injuries and other problems which could cause the biggest talents in the world to fail. We are all human and from flesh and blood, I love [the] fans who stayed fans of me [even through the] bad times, those are the real fans. I love everybody who supports the fight game.”
— Valentijn Overeem

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Arguably to Pancrase's Jason DeLucia. They were both gaijins of low level but very dangerous themselves, who got some big wins in their records, and who later were criticized for their training politics.
  • The Apprentice: To Chris Dolman, Jan Plas, Dave Jonkers, Cor Hemmers, and Martin De Jong.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Bash Brothers: With his real brother Alistair.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: According to his brother Alistair, Valentijn did not have much focus on training, focusing more in paychecks and such.
  • Fan Nickname: "Oldereem" because he is Alistair's older brother.
  • Glass Cannon: Extreme example. A solid kickboxer and sambist, he definitely knew how to strike and submit, but his main disadvantages were his laughably weak defense in both fields and his inability to keep his heart up if he found a strong resistance.
  • Lean and Mean
  • Leotard of Power: Initially fought in black pants, but he switched to a wrestling double singlet.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: His irregular record and his defeats in legit shoots to native midcarders like Sakata and Kanehara might cloud his aura, but this guy curbstomped Kiyoshi Tamura in his MMA debut and also submitted cleanly Randy Couture and Renato Sobral in their primes.
  • I Know Kickboxing: And sambo. He also has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Red Baron: "The Python", "Jigoku no Anaconda" ("The Anaconda from Hell"), "Holland no Choshishi" ("Holland's Super Hunting Beast").
  • Scary Black Man
  • Teen Genius: Was 18 when he debuted in RINGS.

Willie Peeters

"The winner of the eight man tournament in Holland, Dutchman Willy Peeters loved the island and loved fighting and he did not think twice when he got the offer to fight in Aruba. Unfortunately the referee stopped the fight because of a cut but Willy did not want to give up and was very disappointed with the decision (great fighting spirit from Peeters)."
— Bas Boon, creator of Cage Fighting Championships, World Vale Tudo Championships and Golden Glory gym, about Peeters in WVC 8: World Vale Tudo Championship 8.

  • The Apprentice: To Chris Dolman in Kyokushin Karate and along with Willem Ruska and Willy Wilhelm; Judo, Jan Lomulder and Fred Royers in Kickboxing and Freddy Winters in amateur wrestling.
  • Arch-Enemy: In real life, Wataru Sakata.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Was prone to behave cocky and taunt his opponent.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Won several juvenile wrestling and karate championships in Holland and had a nasty temper to boot.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Though not as much as Bob Schrijber and Gilbert Yvel, Willie was a rather dirty fighter. Most of his misdeeds took place in his feud with Sakata, especially in their fight in RINGS Holland, where he broke every rule imaginable and only got away from DQ thanks to home referees.
  • Combat Referee: Doubled as a referee at RINGS Holland events and after retiring from fighting became one full-time.
  • I Know Amateur Wrestling: Multiple champion. He also knows Kyokushin Karate, Judo and Kickboxing.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Was good in striking, throwing and grappling, though not exaggeratedly in any.
  • Leotard of Power: An amateur wrestling one in his early RINGS appearances. He wore a singlet and long pants for his later RINGS appearances.
  • Red Baron: "Pītāsu Koe" ("Air Peeters").
  • Revenge Before Reason: In their second fight, Wataru Sakata broke late a toehold after Peeters had grabbed the ropes, causing him a leg injury which almost had the match stopped. Peeters's answer when the fight was restarted was rocking Sakata with a close-fisted punch and nonchalantly endure the red card he gained.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Has the rare feat of defeating a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter back when it was considered impossible, knocking out Eduardo Rocha in 1996.
  • Suplex Finisher: Pull off some of the smoothest suplexes in early RINGS.
  • Use Your Head: Gave a positively illegal headbutt to Sakata in their second fight.
  • The Worf Effect: Was worfed later in his career by the mighty Tom Erikson.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He pulled off an honest to god piledriver in a match with Bert Kops Jr.

Dennis Raven

  • The Apprentice: To Willem Ruska, Cor van der Geest, and Remco Pardoel.
  • Cool Teacher: A grappling trainer for the RINGS Holland guys and Beverwijk Top Team.
  • The Giant: He is even taller than Tariel Bitsadze.
  • I Know Judo: A Dutch national champion, European championship bronze medalist and represented The Netherlands in 1992 Olympics. He later trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Herman Renting

  • The Apprentice: To Chris Dolman.
  • Bald of Awesome: Shaved his head in the later half of his time in RINGS.
  • Heroic BSoD: Left RINGS after losing to Wataru Sakata in a shoot, considering himself unworthy of the promotion.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: He was supposedly a very promising rookie in the RINGS dojo, so much that Akira Maeda personally praised him to no end and Masakatsu Funaki wanted to recruit him for Pancrase, but he never lived up to the potential and barely had a MMA career before retiring.
  • I Know Kickboxing: And sambo. He also placed second in a Netherlands national Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in 2000.
  • Jerkass: Famous for his troublesome temper, he was several years in prison.

Rene Rooze

  • Alliterative Name
  • The Apprentice: To Thom Harinck and later Peter Aerts who was also his cornerman.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In a Muay Thai bout against Bas Rutten in Holland, the match got so heated that Rooze bit Rutten through his ear a la Mike Tyson. Inconvenienced with the foul, Bas gave him a knee strike in the groin. (At that point, unsurprisingly, the fight was stopped and a brawl broke up).
  • Combat Pragmatist: He is also famous for his way of fighting the limits of the rules and for any fouls and misconduct.
  • Cool Teacher: He is now a Muay Thai instructor and conditioning coach.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His second MMA fight with Tadao Yasuda had him defeating Yasuda by TKO in under a minute.
    • Suffered one himself at the hands of Alexander Emelianenko.
  • The Giant: 6ft 7 and competed in the superheavyweight division in Kickboxing, though as heavyweight in MMA.
  • Guest Fighter: Had one match in UWFI against Kazushi Sakuraba.
  • I Know Kickboxing: Trained at Chakuriki Gym and was a 2 time Dutch champion.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is sometimes spelt as Rene Roza or Renee Rooze.

Thomas Roelos

Bob Schrijber

"Bob Schrijber has all sorts of unflattering nicknames, but the most revealing is Dirty Bob. Hardly known to American audiences, Schrijber's fighting career spans nearly fifteen years and has taken him all over the world. A man who considers the rules in MMA bouts too restrictive, Schrijer is as notorious for his behavior outside the ring as he is for his behavior inside it. An admitted partier who spent his youth carousing and brawling, Schrijber and his fighting wife Irma have reputations for being two of the biggest hard asses in MMA. Looking more like a pitbull than a human, Schrijber thinks nothing of resorting to dirty tactics in the ring, be it holding ropes, headbutting, or kicking a man while he's down."
— Schrijber's profile in the book; Mixed Martial Arts' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Crazy Combat, Great Grappling, and Sick Submissions, Chapter 6 - Downright Dirty: Fighters Who Cheat.

"Free Fight? That’s pussy stuff. Cage fights are where it’s at. No rules only, of course."
— Bob Schrijber

  • The Alcoholic: Abused alcohol at a young age, he quit for a while when he started martial arts, but he now enjoys a beer whenever he gets the chance.
  • The Apprentice: To Jan Plas.
  • Badass Family: His wife, Irma Verhoeff is also a MMA fighter and trainer.
  • Badass Teacher: Has his own MMA school, Sports Academy Schreiber, as well as a MMA and Muay Thai team. His most famous student is Stefan Struve. He is also said to have had a hand in training Joop Kasteel and was the Kickboxing trainer of Dutch pro wrestler Tom Budgen aka Tommy End aka WWE's Aleister Black.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Blood Knight: The less rules the fight has, the better in his mind.
  • Bouncer: Has worked as a doorman.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He got his Red Baron for his dirty fighting tactics, one of his most notably fights was with Daijiro Matsui in which he committed numerous fouls including kicking the back of the head of a grounded Matsui after the bell, resulting in a disqualification.
  • Combat Referee: Has been one for several MMA fights.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When he was young his parents divorced which separated him from his brother Fred whom he was close to and he also smoked, abused drugs and alcohol at a young age and once went to prison for stabbing someone.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Abused them at a young age, when he started training in martial arts and noticed he was in poor physical shape compared to his peers and went cold turkey.
  • Expy: Seems like one to Gerard Gordeau. Till he put on some pounds at least.
  • Hidden Depths: Has an interest in Punk Rock music and was even a band with his brother called Jesus and the Gospelfuckers, with Bob as a guitarist.
  • I Know Karate: Began training in this along with Judo. He later learned Muay Thai a year later and even went to train with Rob Kaman at the Mejiro Gym.
  • Lean and Mean: At first. He slowly gained more weight over the years.
  • The Napoleon: In one instance, before his fight with Semmy Schilt, he set up a mini ladder in the center of the ring so he could look down on Semmy during the introductions.
  • Odd Friendship: With Bas Rutten.
  • Red Baron: "Dirty Bob", "The Terrible".
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: Smoked at a young age, gave it up after he started training in martial arts.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": He is internationally known as Schreiber because the Dutch vowel 'ij' in his surname is very uncommon in other languages.
  • Stout Strength: What he is now.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: A pure kickboxer with very little grappling skills.
  • Use Your Head: Was disqualified from a fight against Valentin Davidov for giving him a Glasgow Kiss mid match.

Pieter Smit

Sandor Telgen

Sander Thonhauser

Sara Umer

Dave van der Veen

Gilbert Yvel

"Witness Gilbert Yvel. Yvel, who in his last fight defeated Kiyoshi Tamura, giving Tamura his worst beating of his career enroute to winning the RINGS world heavyweight championship (a title which started out as a pro wrestling version of the world title and now is actually defended in shoot matches) looked to be one of the most exciting fighters to watch due to his great kickboxing skill. In RINGS, if a fighter is taken down, if the action slows on the ground, the referee orders a stand-up. Yvel was taken down repeatedly in everyone of his major wins in RINGS, but his repeated stand-ups allowed him to eventually connect on strikes and put the hurting on his foes."
— Dave Melter

"It is my life. I’ve been fighting on the streets and in school since I was 10, 11—everywhere. At one point I jumped in the gym and made it my job—it is my life. Wherever I go, people ask me about fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting—there’s never a conversation with me without the questions, “Who are you fighting? When are you fighting?” Mixed martial arts is my life."
— Gilbert Yvel

Rene van der Zanden

Free Fight Forever!

Youssef Akhnikh

Nico Anches

Mustafa Azoufri

Gilbert Ballantine

  • The Apprentice: To John Benner, Cees van der Velden, Thom Harinck and Chris Dolman.
  • Cool Teacher: A Kickboxing instructor at Ben Rietdijk Sport, Health & Beauty. He was also a trainer for Beverwijk Top Team.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He fought in the 1998 Shooto and shootboxing joint event, Shoot the Shooto "Double Cross" XX in a shootboxing fight against Kenichi Ogata.
  • I Know Karate: A Wado Ryu practitioner in his younger days, he is also a blue belt in Judo, learned a bit of pentjak silat and Muay Thai at Chakuriki Dojo and also trained in sambo for his MMA fights.
  • Red Baron: "The Bull Terrier".
  • The Rival: To Ramon Dekkers.
  • Scary Black Man

Wouter Bakker

John Benner

Gerard Benschop

Nordin Bensellam

Piet Bernzen

Franklin Beuk

Nick Bloemberg

Jon Bluming

"What I teach, is neither Kodokan judo nor Kyokushin Kai karate but instead a mix of one-third karate and Thai boxing, one-third throwing techniques — I teach seven different throws — and one-third groundwork. That altogether is the full circle of unarmed fighting. That is not arrogant, that is the truth."

  • The Ace: There is no official record of him ever losing a Karate or Judo match.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Is considered the Dutch equivalent of Gene Lebell just more serious. Either that or Lebell is the American equivalent to Bluming just a little more silly.
  • The Apprentice: To Masutatsu Oyama, Kenji Kurosaki, Gerhard Schutte and Eddy Roosterman.
  • Arch-Enemy: Anton Geesink.
  • Badass Grandpa: Even in his 60s and beyond, he was still considered one of the most dangerous men alive.
  • Badass Teacher: Was once the coach of the Dutch national Judo team. He has also trained guys like Chris Dolman, Willem Ruska, Hideyuki Ashihara, Takashi Azuma, Jan Plas, Thom Harinck, Otti Roethof, Ernest Hoost, Remy Bonjasky, Branko Cikatic, Peter Aerts, Rob Kaman, Semmy Schilt, Gilbert Yvel, Juan Carlos I of Spain, etc.
  • Blood Knight: He loved competition, according to the sources, a bit too much. He has been criticized (and liked by other people) for talking with excessive serenity about breaking limbs and beating people down.
  • Boring, but Practical: His teaching style.
  • Cool Old Guy: Most definitely.
  • Downer Ending: He died on December 17, 2018, he was 85 years old.
  • The Dreaded: Was known as "The Beast from Amsterdam" for a reason, and his fame was such that people often dropped off from tournaments to avoid facing him.
  • He Also Did: Was an actor for several Dutch films between 1961 to 1990.
  • I Know Karate: A 10th dan in Kyokushin Karate with a bit of training in Shotokan. He is also a 10th dan in Hapkido and a 9th dan in Judo. He also has some training in boxing and maybe taekkyon, and trained in bojutsu, iaijutsu and Kendo with Tokyo police instructors Takaji Shimizu and Ichitaro Kuroda.
  • Mighty Whitey: Was considered by some to be Masutatsu Oyama's best student.
  • Non-Action Guy: Appeared only in RINGS as a Special Guest.
  • Old Master: Master to Chris Dolman and many other Dutch judokas and karatekas, thus making him essentially the father of Dutch MMA and Kickboxing.
  • Old Soldier: Was a former Dutch marine and fought in the Korean War in 1950.
  • Red Baron: "The Beast from Amsterdam".
  • Start My Own: Founded his own school, Kyokushin Budokai.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: During his time in Tokyo, he lived with Donn F. Draeger and Robert W. Smith.

Bas Boon

Mario Borzic

  • The Apprentice: To Bert Kops Jr, Lucien Carbin, Hans Nijman, and Michel van Halderen.
  • I Know Kickboxing: As well as boxing, amateur wrestling and sambo.

Rinie van Brakel

Glenn Brasdorp

Harry de Bruin

Johan Buur

Depretz Clovis

"They have Don King, but we in Europe have Don Clovis."
— Paco Rabanne, famous Spanish couturier of French fashion.

"A manager is the visiting card of the fighters."
— Depretz "Don" Clovis

  • Affectionate Nickname: He is better known as "Don" Clovis, for he is in Kickboxing what Don King is in boxing.
  • The Apprentice: To Rick van der Vathorst.
  • French Jerk: Was born in France but later changed his nationality to Dutch in 1999.
  • Hidden Depths: In the sixties he was a singer in a famous French group called "Les Charlots". He was just fourteen when he had his first Rock and Roll hit on the famous Sidney Bechet label called "Disques Vogue".
  • I Know Kickboxing: Trained at Van De Vathorst Gym.
  • The Mentor: Was a manager to many Dutch fighters like Perry Ubeda, Bas Rutten, Rob Kaman, Ramon Dekkers, Andre Masseurs, Andre Mannaart, Luc Verhey, Brian Pieters, Rayden Simson, Semmy Schilt, Cheik Kongo, Marc Emmanuel, etc. He also worked with the French fighters like Daniel Quoniam, Orlando Wiet, .
  • Non-Action Guy: Was a manager and not a fighter, though he does have training.
  • Porn Stache
  • Producers: He studied at the Film academy in Amsterdam and has a degree as a producer. He produced a few low-budget action films which usually stars one of his fighters.

Fred van Doesburg

Pavel Dolgov

Rogier van Eck

Erwin van de Eijnden

Martin van Emmen

Idu Faroek

Rodney Faverus/Glunder

Roberto Flamingo

Hans Frugte

Piet van Gammeren

Ron van Gellekom

Edwin Gertenbach

Melvin Geutskens

Marcus Habi

Michel van Halderen

Antoni Hardonk

Thom Harinck

  • Badass Teacher: Founded the Chakuriki Gym and has trained many fighters like Peter Aerts, Branko Cikatić, Lloyd van Dams, Hesdy Gerges, Badr Hari, Jérôme Le Banner, Melvin Manhoef, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Sergei Lascenko, etc.
  • Bouncer: Once worked as one at the age of 17.
  • I Know Karate: A 6th dan black belt in Kyokushin, he also has a brown belt in Judo and Japanese jujutsu, and is a 7th dan black belt in kenpo. He also trained in amateur wrestling, boxing, early Japanese Kickboxing, savate, and of course Muay Thai.
  • Non-Action Guy: Never fought in RINGS.
  • Old Master: Of Kickboxing in The Netherlands.
  • Red Baron: "The Godfather of Muay Thai in The West".
  • Start My Own: Originally he taught a marital art he called "Chakuriki" which was based on Kyokushin Karate, boxing, Judo, jujutsu and wrestling. He also founded the NKBB (Dutch Kickboxing Association) in 1976, the MTBN (Dutch Muay Thai Association) in 1983, the WMTA (World Muay Thai Association) and the EMTA (European Muay Thai Association) in 1984.
  • Ur-Example: Is the first foreigner to receive the rank of the grand master in Muay Thai and one of the fathers of Kickboxing in The Netherlands alongside Jan Plas.

Michel van der Heijden

Jeffrey Heijm

Ton van Heumen

  • The Apprentice: To Jon Bluming.
  • Badass Teacher: Was a Kyokushin trainer for Mejiro Gym and later for Sportschool Nieuwendam and trained guys like Edgar Cairo, Paul Engelsman and Jaap de Vries.
  • Combat Referee: Was a RINGS Holland referee.
  • Downer Ending: Died on 19th September 2017.
  • I Know Karate: A 7th dan black belt in Kyokushin Budokai.

Rick Holshuizen

Sjaak van Ijsden

Rik de Jager

Michael Jonker

  • The Apprentice: To Hans Nijman and Michel van Halderen.
  • I Know Kickboxing: Trained at Van Halderen Gym. He also trained in boxing and sambo.
  • Name's the Same: Not to be confused with another MMA fighter from Holland named Mike Jonker.

Jassier Kaderi

Jerry Kalia

Andrew Keja

Edmunds Kirsis

  • The Apprentice: To Gerard Gordeau.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Was introduced in RINGS as Igor Kirsis for some reason.
  • Fake Russian: Was billed from Moscow, Russia in his RINGS appearance. He is actually Latvian and spent most of his fighting career in the Netherlands.
  • I Know Karate: Trained at the Kamakura Dojo, he was originally a Latvian national Judo champion and also trained in amateur wrestling.

Wout Kist

  • Badass Family: His wife Gerrie van Wirdum is a kickboxer and MMA trainer.
  • Badass Teacher: A RINGS Holland trainer and fitness instructor and has his own gym, Vechtsportcentrum Wout Kist. He also trains police officers.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dutch free fight pioneer and Shaolin Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Tai-Jitsu and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Charles Dumerniët.
  • I Know Karate: Wadokai Karate as well as Taekwondo, Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Jeet Kune Do. He also trained in sambo and Muay Thai with Chris Dolman and Thom Harinck respectively.
  • Non-Action Guy: Did not fight in RINGS.
  • Start My Own: Co-founded the Free Fight Federation (originally the International Organization Combat Sports) with Charles Dumerniët. He also developed his martial arts ranking system under the name Free Fight, with himself as a 9th Dan.

Maurice Kistenmaker

Daan Kooiman

Dennis Krauweel

Henk Kuipers

Willy Lagerweij

Milco Lambrecht

  • The Chessmaster: One of the most important promoters of combat sports in The Netherlands, helped Chris Dolman organise RINGS Holland shows and events and was a manager to Peter Aerts.
  • Non-Action Guy: Was not a fighter.

Rob van Leeuwen

Roberto Lukus

Arie Maigret

Melvin Manhoef

  • Alliterative Name
  • The Apprentice: To Dennis Rock, Thom Harinck, Mike Passenier, and Martin Jansen.
  • Badass Family: His younger brother Moreno was a Muay Thai practitioner and first introduced Melvin to the sport.
  • Bald of Awesome: Later in his career.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Manhoef was knocked out by a single hard punch from Robbie Lawler who was almost unanimously believed to be his inferior at stand-up striking. During DREAM's 2010 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals, Manhoef would even be knocked down by his opponent Tatsuya Mizuno, slugged multiple times (while his head was trapped by a turnbuckle pad of all things!)... and then submitted.
  • Cool Teacher: Has his own MMA school, Manhoef Fight & Fitness.
  • Glass Cannon: Manhoef, a Dutch kickboxer, has truly horrifying punching power. He was the first man to ever knock out Mark Hunt, who was famous for shrugging off career-ending strikes to his presumably granite-filled head. Manhoef delivered the KO◊ while moving backwards. Unfortunately, even though he's fought at the highest levels of Kickboxing and MMA and can put together beautiful offensive combinations, Manhoef's strike defense is quite lacking, and he has been knocked out by mid-level fighters far more often than an elite striker should. More saliently, his grappling skills are pure garbage. For MMA professionals, fighting Manhoef can either end in Melvin decapitating you with a punch, or with him meekly tapping out 15 seconds after the fight hits the mat.
  • Hero Killer: He beat Kazushi Sakuraba and Mark Hunt by KO (for Hunt the first one to do so).
  • I Know Muay Thai: Trained at several Kickboxing gyms like Rock's Gym, Chakuriki Gym, and Mike's Gym.
  • Red Baron: "No Mercy".
  • Scary Black Man: Originally born in Paramaribo, Suriname. In MMA, 28 of his 30 wins have come via knockout, the highest percentage of any MMA fighter with at least 15 wins.
  • Start My Own: Founded a Kickboxing and MMA-promotion named World Fighting League
  • Unskilled, but Strong: A pure kickboxer, as his grappling skills are practically non-existent.

Herman Maree

Chico Martinez

Brian Maulany

Tom van der Meijden

Jerry Mooldijk

Alfred Neef

Robin Offerman

Robert Openneer

John Ouwerkerk

Pedro de Palm

Richard Plug

  • The Apprentice: To Chris Dolman.
  • I Know Kickboxing: Trained at Fysio Sportline Gym and also trained in sambo.
  • Jerkass: Has been arrested a few times for a series of drug trafficking, extortion, assaults, and threats.
  • Red Baron: "Ikelaar".

Jimmy Portier

Sicco Postma

Dennis de Preter

Faizel Reding

Renaldo Rijkhoff

Arnoud Ritzema

Ronny Rivano

Marc van Rooijen

Rick Rootlieb

Hans Roovers

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Cool Teacher: Is now a personal trainer, one of the trainers at Karate Team Boelbaai, at Jimmy's Gym in boxing and Kickboxing, and an assistant national coach at the Karate Do Bond Nederland.
  • I Know Karate: A 3rd dan black belt in Kyokushin, a Dutch national champion and a multiple time runner-up in the European and World championships. He has also trained in boxing, Kickboxing, amateur wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Red Baron: "Hansoku".

Jeffrey van 't Schip

Dave Scott

Jordi Soederhuizen

Peter Steet

Stephen Tapilatu

  • The Apprentice: To his father Wijnand Tapilatu, Chris Dolman, Cor Hemmers and Dave Jonkers.
  • Badass Family: Is a member of a large and successful Taekwondo family headed by his father Master Wijnand Tapilatu, who was a member of the winning Dutch team that took the 1984 World Taekwondo Championship. His sister Bianca and his cousins Django and Patiparu have also won many ITF titles. Bianca Tapilatu is married to Tomaž Barada, three times ITF World Champion and six times ITF European champion.
  • Cool Teacher: Is a personal trainer and a national coach of ITF Netherlands.
  • I Know Taekwondo: A 6th Dan black belt, a ITF World Champion in 1990 and 1994, won two European titles, in 1990 and 1992, in 1991 he won a silver medal at the WTF World Championship in Athens and won the King of Taekwondo competition in Tokyo, Japan, in 1995 and 1996. He also trained for Kickboxing and MMA with Chris Dolman and later with the Golden Glory gym.
  • Red Baron: "The Dragon".

Andre Tete

Michael Tielrooy

Herman van Tol

George Torchinava

Dave Vader

Jerrel Venetiaan

Tjerk Vermanen

Peter Verschuren

John Verstegen

Jonny van Wanrooy

Gerard van Wijk

Gerrie van Wirdum

  • The Apprentice: To Richard van Asdonck.
  • Badass Family: Her husband Wout Kist is a free fight pioneer and MMA trainer.
  • Badass Teacher: A RINGS Holland trainer and helps run her husband's gym.
  • I Know Kickboxing: Trained at the Sportcentrum Van Asdonck. She also has some experience in savate competitions.
  • Non-Action Girl: Never fought in RINGS.
  • Office Lady: Has worked the office operations of Sportcentrum Van Asdonck and RINGS Holland, is a secretary at the Free Fight Federation and also works membership administration for Vechtsportcentrum Wout Kist.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Is possibly the only female RINGS Holland board member.

Johan Woudstra

Ronald Wustenberg


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