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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, 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


Video: WEC 47 Fighters Pay Tribute to Jens Pulver

(Props: FightersOnlyMagazine)

At WEC 47‘s post-event press conference, MMA legend Jens Pulver discussed the pride he feels in watching the lighter weight-divisions develop into popular, exciting products — even if the level of competition in those divisions has officially passed him by. "I’m just a proud old man," Pulver said. "I’m a proud poppa, I guess, I’m the godfather of this stuff, and it’s a good place and a good way to go." The younger fighters in attendance took some time to talk about what Jens meant to them as featherweights and bantamweights following the trail that Lil’ Evil blazed…

Scott Jorgensen: "Jens is one of the guys that kind of got me interested in MMA as an actual sport that I could compete in…The guy’s the greatest guy ever. He’s sincere, he’s from the heart, what he says he means. I don’t have a bad word to say about him, he’s the best, man. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without people like Jens."