Semmy Schilt Reportedly To Retire From Kickboxing


Semmy Schilt is a legend in the kickboxing arena, having won an astounding 4 K-1 Grand Prix titles and the Glory heavyweight championship on his way to a 43-6-1 record.  He made his last appearance on New Year’s Eve, TKO’ing Daniel Ghita with a left head kick. After the win, Schilt hinted that it was his last appearance inside the ring.

And today, we find out that the 2012-ending bout was indeed to be Schilt’s final fight. The 6’11” Dutchman has been advised to retire at the advice of his medical team, citing a heart condition. The story, reported by Liver Kick, stated that Schilt greatly struggled with making the decision.

Schilt will go down as one of the finest heavyweight kickboxers to ever lace up the gloves. He also made his way into the MMA world, participating in 41 matches and facing legends like Fedor Emelianenko, Rodrigo Nogueira, and Josh Barnett. He defeated a veritable murderer’s row of kickboxing legends such as Peter Aerts, Jerome LeBanner, Badr Hari, Remy Bonjasky, and Ernesto Hoost.

The full extent of Schilt’s condition is not known at this point, only that it has forced to retire from competition effective immediately. If the report does indeed prove to be true, the combat sports world just lost one of its most talented competitors today. 


  • Best of luck to Sammy. That Fedor fight was a long time ago. I had almost forgotten.

  • hes a big dude he should transfer to basketball, i think he still got a chance because hes still 28.

    • Lol dude, you serious? He's 39 now, almost 40.

  • Might of not been the most exciting or impressive fighter to watch but without a doubt one of the greatest strikers to ever live.
    Arguably the most accomplished kickboxer of all time and has one of the best résumés you will ever find in kickboxing.
    Apart frm kickboxing, he wasn't as successful in MMA but he has quite a storied career with some big fights.

    He is getting older anyway so maybe it's a blessing in disguise… allowing him to go out on top with the current best title in striking, Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam tournament Champion, with his last two fights beating Saki and destroying Ghita…. two of the top 10 best kickboxers in the world.

    Thanks Semmy!