Report: Semmy Schilt retires due to heart condition


39-year-old Semmy Shilt is perhaps the greatest kickboxer in history, with four K-1 World GP championship titles, three of them consecutive. Nearly seven feet tall, Schilt is also a veteran of MMA, starting with Pancrase in 1996, and then going on to stints in the UFC and Pride. Opponents include Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Josh Barnett .

Now it appears "The Hightower" will fight no more forever.

Over the last few months there have been various reports that four-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, 2012 Glory Grand Slam, and Glory Heavyweight Champion Semmy Schilt will no longer be fighting. The rumors were first centered around his participation in future tournaments, as after his victory on New Year's Eve in 2012 he stated that he would not participate in future tournaments, although it was quickly brushed off. Since then there has been talk about him fighting Gokhan Saki with the Heavyweight title on the line, but there has also been talk of Schilt no longer fighting at all.

Since last night LiverKick has received numerous reports from reliable sources that Semmy Schilt is retired, effective immediately. The decision was apparently not an easy one for Schilt, who was instructed to retire from his medical team due to a heart condition that was discovered.

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Schilt retires with a kickboxing record of 43-6-1 and an MMA record of 26-14-1.

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Drugs_Delaney site profile image  

6/27/13 11:19 AM by Drugs_Delaney

damn that sucks. always liked watching Cre's dad kick ass.

Unclemac1 site profile image  

6/27/13 10:56 AM by Unclemac1

not always. he fought MMA six years before fighting in K-1.

hubris site profile image  

6/27/13 10:50 AM by hubris

damn that sucksgreat careerOSU!

Sajite site profile image  

6/27/13 7:30 AM by Sajite

Great fighter... I hope he's ok

Taproot site profile image  

6/27/13 6:34 AM by Taproot

man, that guy has no heartjoke aside, respect to the big man

Bootsy Collins site profile image  

6/27/13 6:32 AM by Bootsy Collins

The Hawtness!Sexyama is a mere pretender to the throne

HertogJan site profile image  

6/27/13 3:02 AM by HertogJan

One of the greatest K-1 fighters ever, so dominant and a great example of someone who really knew how to use size/reach in a fight.Also a real down to earth guy, always thanking his mom after winning a final, so cool.On a side note: crazy to think that Peter Aerts is still going strong after all these years; Hoost retired, Schilt now retired, but the Lumberjack keeps on choppin'.

RKing85 site profile image  

6/27/13 12:05 AM by RKing85

I know K-1 was always Schilt's top priority, but I wish he had done more MMA.

boxy site profile image  

6/26/13 11:38 PM by boxy

Very underrated heavyweight in MMA. Started from its infancy and remained relevant for a long time. He got a raw deal against Sergei in PRIDE (he basically was allowed to hold the ropes to keep Semmy down and pound him out).

Jack Skellington site profile image  

6/26/13 9:20 PM by Jack Skellington

Huge fan, been watching him since his UFC stint. Greatest kickboxer of all time