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And Now He’s Retired: Heart Condition Forces K1 Legend Semmy Schilt to Call it Quits


(While there may be other, better Semmy Schilt highlights out there, we guaran-damn-tee you that not a one of them contains more shouting.) 

Well, this is a shame.

According to Liverkick.com, K1 legend and two-time UFC veteran Semmy “Hightower” Schilt has been forced to hang up his gloves after being made aware that he is suffering from a serious heart condition, the specifics of which have not yet been made available.

While rumors of Schilt’s impending retirement have been circulating ever since the near 7 foot kickboxer announced that the Glory 4 Tokyo: Special 2012 ~ New Year’s Eve tournament — which he successfully claimed by defeating Daniel Ghita via first round TKO in the finals — would be his last, fight fans were still holding out hope that Schilt would make a quick turnaround on his decision as fighters are wont to do.

Unfortunately, the recent diagnosis has officially closed the door for one of the greatest (if not the greatestheavyweight kickboxers of all time. Schilt retires with a 42-6-1 kickboxing record and a 26-14 MMA record to his credit, as well as 5 K1 Grand Prix titles and the claim of being the final K1 Super-Heavyweight Champion.

We here at CagePotato would like to wish Semmy the best of luck in his future endeavors and hope that he is able to overcome whatever ailment is currently afflicting him in the safest, most timely manner possible.

Pay tribute to a true legend and/or share your favorite Schilt moments with us in the comments section. 

-J. Jones

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algiersheadkick504- June 28, 2013 at 10:37 am
One of my favorites. His front liver kick is devastating and his knees are second too none. He has a jab Stefan struve needs to envy and attempt to learn
PingPong- June 28, 2013 at 7:51 am
Damn that sucks this guy was the Bizarro Tim Sylvia(that's a good thing) of K1.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm
Now it's back to his original career of wandering aimlessly around the Minnesota River Valley making sure nobody fucks with the peas and corn.
coolsnow7- June 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm
He's basically Stefan Struve with not-incompetent striking.
Fried Taco- June 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm
his heart grew three sizes that day

http://www.hark.com/clips/trwdqtmkgn-grew-three-sizes
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