Kickboxing legend Semmy Schilt has been forced to retire from combat sports due to a heart condition. The 40-year-old also spent time in MMA.
The news first came from Liverkick.
Schilt won four K-1 World Grand Prix tournaments in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Nobody else has ever won three years in a row.
In MMA, he fought in Pancrase before moving to PRIDE. Some of his biggest fights came in losses to Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Josh Barnett. He spent a little time in the UFC during their earlier years.
Schilt hasn’t competed in MMA in five years, but won the GLORY 4 one night tournament on December 31 of last year.
He concludes his active career with a kickboxing record of 43-6-1 and MMA record of 26-14-1.