Bellator Fighter, Ex-Glory Champ Robin Van Roosmalen Hospitalized After Car Accident

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jan 13, 2021

Robin Van Roosmalen has been hospitalized with injuries suffered in a serious car accident on Wednesday, according to a report from RTV Utrecht.

Van Roosmalen and his sister, Melissa Van Roosmalen, were pulled over in their car on the shoulder of the road in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, when they were hit by a truck. Melissa Van Roosmalen died as a result of the crash, while Van Roosmalen remains hospitalized. According to the report, the driver of the truck was arrested.

Further details regarding Van Roosmalen’s condition are currently unavailable. Both Bellator, where Van Roosmalen is currently under contact, and Glory Kickboxing, where Van Roosmalen was once a two-division champion, released statements of support for the fighter and his family.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic accident involving Robin Van Roosmalen and his sister earlier today,” the Bellator statement read. “Our thoughts are with Robin and his entire family during this difficult time.”

“The GLORY family is heartbroken to learn of Melissa Van Roosmalen’s passing and critical injuries sustained to Robin Van Roosmalen in a car accident,” the Glory statement read. “We send our deepest condolences to the Van Roosmalen family and their loved ones.”

Van Roosmalen signed with Bellator to compete exclusively in MMA in May 2019, with promotion president Scott Coker hinting at the kickboxing star’s participation in the featherweight grand prix. Though Van Roosmalen has yet to make his Bellator debut, confirmed with a promotion official that he remains under contract with the California-based organization. His first scheduled bout at Bellator 232 against Cris Lencioni in October 2019 was scrapped after Van Roosmalen missed weight, while a proposed clash with Nauzet Trujillo at Bellator Milan this past October was nixed when he tested positive for COVID-19.

Van Roosmalen was the first fighter to win two titles for Glory Kickboxing, capturing crowns at featherweight and lightweight. He announced at the end of 2018 that he would be transitioning to MMA on a full-time basis. A black belt in judo, Van Roosmalen has gone 2-0 in MMA, winning both of his bouts via technical knockout. The 29-year-old last competed in MMA in March 2017. He owns a 51-17-3 mark as a professional kickboxer.

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