Nick Hein

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Nick Hein
Born (1984-04-24) April 24, 1984 (age 35)
Cologne, Germany
Other namesSergeant[1]
ResidenceCologne, Germany
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach67 in (170 cm)[3]
StyleJudo, Boxing, BJJ
Fighting out ofCologne, Germany
TeamTiger Muay Thai [4]
Dynamix MMA
RankBlack belt in Judo under Karl-Heinz Bartsch[1]
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Björn "Gazelle" Schmiedeberg[5]
Years active2009-2019
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission4
By decision9
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision2
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Nick Hein (born April 24, 1984) is a German retired mixed martial artist and actor, who is best known for appearing in the German television show Diese Kaminskis.[6][7] Before Hein became an actor, he was also a national judo champion and police officer.[8][9] Hein is the author of the book titled "Polizei am Limit",[10] and competed in the UFC, and competes in the Lightweight division.[11]


Hein was born in Elsdorf and became interested in martial arts after watching a Bruce Lee movie. Instead of joining a Kung Fu class he signed up Judo, when he was six years old,[12] because there were no Kung Fu clubs in Elsdorf. He started boxing training in 2000 after he watched a UFC event on VHS. He attended his first MMA class in 2009 and fought his first amateur MMA competition in the same year while he was still in the Judo National team for Germany where skipped his training in Berlin for the Judo World Championship.[13] After a failed bid for 2008 Olympics and a leg injury, Hein decided to transition to MMA.[14]

Judo career[edit]

Hein started training judo when he was six years old[4] and he was a judoka for 20 years, and in the German team for a decade. He was the U-23 European Judo champion in 2006 and German national champion in 2006 and 2007.[13][14] He has won more than 35 national and international judo medals.[11]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Two years before turning professional in 2009, Hein debuted as an amateur on February 24, 2007, as he faced Ulf Fritzmann at MMA Berlin: Tournament 3. After three rounds of action, the bout was ruled a draw.[15]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

With a 10-1 (1) record, Hein signed a contract with the UFC on March 31, 2014.[16]

Hein made his promotional debut against Drew Dober on May 31, 2014, at UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Hein faced James Vick on November 22, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57.[18] Despite dropping Vick twice in the first round with punches, Hein lost the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Hein faced Łukasz Sajewski on June 20, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 69.[20] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[21]

Hein next faced promotional newcomer Yusuke Kasuya on September 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 75.[22] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[23]

Hein was scheduled to face Jon Tuck on May 8, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87.[24] However, just days before the event, Hein pulled out citing injury.[25]

Hein next faced Tae Hyun Bang on September 3, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93.[26] He won the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-28, 30-27).[27]

Hein was expected to face promotional newcomer Zabit Magomedsharipov in a featherweight bout on September 2, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 115.[28] However, Hein pulled out of the fight due to injury on 21 August from the event and replaced by Mike Santiago.[29]

Hein faced Davi Ramos on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224.[30] He lost the fight via rear-naked choke in the first round.[31]

Hein faced Damir Hadžović on July 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134.[32] He lost the fight via split decision.[33]

Hein was scheduled to face Luigi Vendramini on June 1, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 11.[34] However, Vendramini pulled out of the bout in late April citing a knee injury and subsequent surgery.[35] Hein remained on the card against Frank Camacho.[36] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round. [37]

On June 2, 2019, Hein announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Hein worked as a police officer for more than 11 years in the Federal Police in Cologne, Germany.[13] He is known as ‘Judge Dredd’ by his colleagues in the Police force.[39] He was also an actor, appearing in a German television show, Diese Kaminskis, in which he played as an undertaker.[39][14]

Hein is married to his Japanese wife, Marie Suzuki, and they have a son, Noah.[39] His sister is married to UFC fighter Drew Dober who he fought against at UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi.[40]

Hein is the author of the book titled "Polizei am Limit" - Police at the Limit" where he detailed the lack of resources and training in the Police force in Germany.[10]

Hein, as a former police officer and UFC fighter, wrote an article on the New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Germany in December 31, 2015 incident - the widespread sexual assaults, attacks and robberies which linked to the influx of asylum seekers occurred in Cologne, criticizing the political and legal system in Germany did not do enough to prevent such crimes. He was invited to appear on CNN, Russia Today (RT) and other TV stations[41][42] to voice his condemnation of the attacks but thought help should be given to refugees who needed help.[43][4][44]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Fair Fighting Championship
    • FFC Light Welterweight (161 lb) Championship (One time)
  • FFA Western German Championship
    • FFA Western German Middleweight (185lbs.) Champion (2009)

Jiu Jitsu[edit]

  • Choke Wars Welterweight (170lbs.) Champion (2013)
  • Western German BJJ Middleweight (181lbs) Champion (2013)
  • Tap or Snap Super Welterweight (176lbs.) Champion (2013)
  • Tap or Snap Middleweight (187lbs.) Champion (2012)


  • European Judo Under-23 Half Middleweight (179lbs.) Champion (2006)
  • German Judo Under-20 Half Middleweight (179lbs.) Champion (2003)
  • European Judo Cadet Lightweight (161lbs.) Champion (2000)
  • German Judo Under-15 Extra Lightweight (121lbs.) Champion (1998)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 14 wins 5 losses
By knockout 1 2
By submission 4 1
By decision 9 2
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–5 (1) Frank Camacho TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Smith June 1, 2019 2 4:56 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 14–4 (1) Damir Hadžović Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Smith July 22, 2018 3 5:00 Hamburg, Germany
Loss 14–3 (1) Davi Ramos Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 224 May 12, 2018 1 4:15 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 14–2 (1) Tae Hyun Bang Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett September 3, 2016 3 5:00 Hamburg, Germany
Win 13–2 (1) Yusuke Kasuya Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson September 27, 2015 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 12–2 (1) Łukasz Sajewski Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne June 20, 2015 3 5:00 Berlin, Germany
Loss 11–2 (1) James Vick Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson November 22, 2014 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 11–1 (1) Drew Dober Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi May 31, 2014 3 5:00 Berlin, Germany Lightweight debut.
Win 10–1 (1) Michael Erdinc Decision (unanimous) Fair FC February 8, 2014 3 5:00 Herne, Germany Won the FFC Light Welterweight (161 lbs) Championship.
Win 9–1 (1) Musa Jangubaev TKO (punches) Respect Fighting Championship 10 September 28, 2013 2 3:51 Wuppertal, Germany
Win 8–1 (1) Tamirlan Dadaev Decision (unanimous) Defenders FC 2 July 20, 2013 3 5:00 Stuttgart, Germany
Win 7–1 (1) Robert Pastuch Decision (unanimous) Respect Fighting Championship 9 April 13, 2013 3 5:00 Dormagen, Germany
NC 6–1 (1) Jordan Błoch NC (accidental cut) Respect Fighting Championship 7 April 21, 2012 1 1:12 Essen, Germany
Win 6–1 Patrick Herring Decision (unanimous) SFC 8: Tournament 2012 Part I February 4, 2012 3 5:00 Mainz, Germany
Loss 5–1 Sebastian Risch TKO (knees) Respect Fighting Championship 6 September 17, 2011 2 4:05 Wuppertal, Germany
Win 5–0 Kamil Lipski Decision (unanimous) Respect Fighting Championship 4 September 11, 2010 3 5:00 Herne, Germany
Win 4–0 Kurt Verschueren Submission (rear-naked choke) OC: Cage Fight Night 7 April 17, 2010 1 1:46 Koblenz, Germany
Win 3–0 Stefan Heber Submission (americana) FFA: German Championships 2010 March 6, 2010 2 2:35 Berlin, Germany
Win 2–0 Milan Tomes Submission (rear-naked choke) Backstreet Fights 2: Rematch December 12, 2009 2 1:03 Cologne, Germany
Win 1–0 Stefan Heber Submission (rear-naked choke) FFA: West German Championships 2009 August 8, 2009 1 3:25 Viersen, Germany


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Barnett vs. Nelson". Retrieved September 27, 2015.
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