Lloyd "The Tornado" van Dams ( born March 5, 1972) is a muay thai kickboxer from Holland.
Born in Suriname, Lloyd van Dams moved to Holland when he was 7 years old. When he was 12 he began training kickboxing. He first started at SWSU, a Surinamese gym in Utrecht. When he was good enough, his trainer decided him to take him to Chakuriki Utrecht. Van Dams started fighting official bouts when he was 18 years old.
When he was 20 he moved from Utrecht to Dordrecht and began training with Jan Vleesenbeek. This trainer was known for his hard training methods, which suited Van Dams very well. When Vleesenbeek decided to stop training his pupils, Van Dams moved to a gym called "Survivor" in Breda.
When facing problems in his personal life in 1996, Van Dams moved back to Utrecht. He went training with Chakuriki in Amsterdam, with Thom Harinck as the trainer. There he was very impressed with the hard training methods. He developed himself as one of the topfighters of the gym and became professional kickboxer.
In 1999 he made his K-1 debut at the K-1 Braves 1999, after beating Matt Skelton in the semi-finals he lost to Xhavit Bahjrami at the finals. After a few years of silence, Van Dams made his comeback in 2005. First he fought at an 8-man tourney called "Fight at the Border" in Belgium, where he lost his comeback on points from Petar Masjtorovic. A few days later he won a 4-man tourney in Romania. He defeated Pavel Majer and Alben Belinski.
Currently Van Dams is under contract with Team It's Showtime.
Van Dams is loved by a lot of fighting fans for his great courage and excellent chin. For the untrained eye he may seem small, fat and unfit, but he has great heart and never gives up. He is also blessed with one of the hardest lowkicks in the business, matching the likes of Ernesto Hoost and Peter Aerts.