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Kickboxing Legend Peter Aerts to Retire After June 30th Fight With Tyrone Spong

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Today, CagePotato is brought to you by the letter R. Specifically, R for retirement.

If the name Peter Aerts doesn’t immediately bring to mind a cavalcade of classic kickboxing matches against a list of opponents that reads like a who’s who of the sport, then might we recommend you do a little research on one of the greatest combatants to ever don the heavy gloves. After collecting over 100 victories in a career that spanned nearly 25 years, kickboxing legend Peter Aerts has announced that his June 30th match against #7 ranked heavyweight kickboxer Tyrone Sprong will be his last.

In a true testament of his character, Aerts will be going out in the same fashion in which he came, by taking on the best; his first professional fight saw him square off against fellow legend Ernesto Hoost, and now he will be going out, win or lose, against a top prospect in Sprong. Known for his trademark head kick finishes that earned him the nickname, “The Dutch Lumberjack,” Aerts built his reputation through vintage battles with the likes of Hoost (five times), Jerome Le Banner (four times), Semmy Schilt (five times), and Ray Sefo (three times). Having competed in every K1 tournament except for 2009, Aerts also earned the moniker “Mr. K1,” taking home tournament gold in 1994, 1995, and 1998, and placing second in 2001, 2006, 2007, and 2010.

Aerts’ crowning achievement by far was his devastating run through the 1998 K1 World Grand Prix, in which he dispatched all three of his opponents in 6 minutes and 43 seconds, a record that held until 2009, when it was broken by Semmy Schilt. As a HUGE fan and close follower of his career, I would personally like to wish Mr. Aerts all the best in his future endeavors on behalf of everyone here at CagePotato, and have compiled a brief look back at some of his greatest hits below, starting with his first rematch against Hoost that took place at the 1993 K1 Quarterfinals.

Aerts vs. Hoost 2 – K1 Grand Prix Quarterfinals ’93

Aerts vs. Le Banner – K1 Dream ’97

Aerts vs. Hug 4 – K1 World Grand Prix Final ’98

Aerts vs. Schilt – K1 WGP ’06

And just because I had to…

Aerts vs. Bob Sapp – K1 WGP ’07


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DangadaDang- January 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm
@Get Off Me
Though that would make more sense, he actually earned it for his high kicks, specifically his right. He collected 13 noted wins by high kick, and 6 by low kicks. The high kick was also what won him the '98 GP. Check out his Wikipedia page and his official Sherdog thread, which will confirm this. Either way, he was great dude and a true legend. Cheers.
Get Off Me- January 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm
It was his increible kicks to the legs of his opponents that earned him "the lumberjack" not head kicks.
Congrats to Peter on a great career.
Todd M- January 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm
^ Yeah he is a true fighter, the fact he still competed in K1 GP's at the latter stage of his career is phenomanal, a real legend.
EnemyofReality- January 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm
Aerts is THE MAN!!! Huge fan for a long time. Kickboxing is hard work and for someone to do it non-stop for so long at the highest level is crazy. And he smokes mad amounts of weed. Ode to 'The Lumberjack!'
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Irishwolfhound491- January 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm
Anyone who hasn't read it look up "Fear and Loathing in Amsterdam." Aerts is the friggin man.
Sloppyspray- January 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm
That shit against bob sapp was hilarious!
Kid Clam Curtains- January 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Andy Hug's mustache would rape chuck norris' beard in its asshole.
Cheeseburger Eddie- January 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm
Dude had the best walk out music ever, in last years K1 he came out to AC/DC's Whole Lotta Rosie (also known as the Gina Carano song)

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Kid Clam Curtains- January 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm
I love Aerts...hopefully Spong doesn't end his life in his final fight.