Semmy Schilt

Semmy Schilt

Semmy Schilt
Born Sem Schilt
(1973-10-27) 27 October 1973
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Other names Hightower[1]
Nationality Dutch
Height 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in)
Weight 130 kg (290 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Super Heavyweight
Reach 88 in (224 cm)
Fighting out of Zuidlaren, Netherlands
Team Golden Glory
Trainer Dave Jonkers
Horia Rădulescu (part-time)[2][3][4]
Rank      6th Dan Black Belt in Ashihara Karate
     Black Belt in Kudo Daido-Juku
Years active 12 (1996–2008) (MMA),
11 (2002–2013) (Kickboxing)
Kickboxing record
Total 50
Wins 43
By knockout 20
Losses 6
By knockout 2
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 41
Wins 26
By knockout 14
By submission 10
By decision 2
Losses 14
By knockout 2
By submission 6
By decision 6
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 31 December 2012

Sem "Semmy" Schilt[5] (Dutch pronunciation: ; born 27 October 1973[6]) is a Dutch former King of Pancrase Openweight Champion.

Schilt is the most decorated Heavyweight kickboxer in history, having won five major tournaments. He is widely regarded as one of the division's all-time greats.[8]


  • Background 1
  • Career 2
  • Retirement 3
  • Championships and accomplishments 4
    • Kickboxing 4.1
    • Mixed Martial Arts 4.2
    • Karate 4.3
  • Kickboxing record 5
  • Mixed martial arts record 6
  • Acting 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Schilt began practicing Kyokushin kaikan at the age of 8 as both of his parents were practitioners. He later switched to Ashihara kaikan at age of 12 and earned the rank of black belt at the age of 18.[9]


On 19 November 2005 Schilt made his first appearance at the K-1 finals. Schilt beat Ray Sefo in the quarter finals and the defending champion Remy Bonjasky by knockout in the semifinals. Schilt then met Glaube Feitosa in the tournament finals and won by knockout due to knee strike to win his first K-1 World Grand Prix title.

On 31 December 2005 at the K-1 PREMIUM 2005 Dynamite!! event, he defeated former four time K-1 World Grand Prix champion Ernesto Hoost.[10]

Schilt lost twice in 2006 against Peter Aerts and Hong Man Choi but still made it to the finals after beating Bjorn Bregy by knockout. He defended his title after defeating Jerome Lebanner, Ernesto Hoost and Peter Aerts all by unanimous decisions.

On 3 April 2007 he defeated Ray Sefo by second-round KO to become K-1's first Super Heavyweight Champion at K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 Yokohama.

Semmy faced and defeated the K-1 Hawaii GP Champion Mighty Mo by unanimous decision on 23 June 2007 at the K-1 Amsterdam GP, defending his Super-Heavyweight Title.

At the 2007 K-1 World Grand Prix Final Eliminations in Seoul, South Korea, Schilt faced Paul Slowinski. He won by KO in the first round from a knee strike. With the win, he qualified for the World Grand Prix Finals.

In the first round of the World Grand Prix 2007 Finals, Schilt was matched against Brazilian Karate fighter Glaube Feitosa. Semmy survived a near knockdown from one of Glaube's famed Brazilian kicks to win by unanimous decision. This marked the third time he had defeated Feitosa in his career.

In the semi finals he met Jerome LeBanner for the second time. Schilt was put on the defensive for most of the first round. Just before time expired, Schilt landed a knee strike which badly hurt LeBanner. Before the second round started, LeBanner was noticeably limping in his corner. Early in the second round, a low kick from Schilt sent him to the canvas in obvious pain. LeBanner was able to make it back to his feet however his corner threw in the towel to avoid further injury.

The final match of the 2007 K-1 World Grand Prix was a rematch from the year before, with Schilt matched up against fellow Dutchman Peter Aerts for the third time. The match came to an abrupt end 1:49 in after Aerts injured his knee and could not continue. With the win Schilt became the third man to win the K-1 World Grand Prix three times, and the only man in history to win three consecutive Grand Prix crowns.

In September 2008, Schilt lost a decision against Peter Aerts at the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in Seoul.

Semmy had a small role in the feature film Transporter 3 as a henchman.

On 16 May 2009, Semmy lost to Badr Hari via first round KO at the Dutch Kickboxing event It's Showtime 2009 Amsterdam, Netherlands. The fight was for the It's Showtime World Heavyweight Title.

At the 2009 Final 16 Semmy beat the rising Romanian Daniel Ghita by unanimous decision.[11] At the final selection he chose to fight Jerome LeBanner and went on to defeat him for the fourth time in his career in the first round by KO. In the second round he was matched against Remy Bonjasky, whom he also defeated for the third time by KO in the first round, after getting knocked down himself. In the finals he beat Badr Hari by KO in the first to win his fourth GP title, also getting the record of fastest GP win with a total time over all 3 matches of 355 seconds.[12] With the win he became the second man in history to win the WGP Title four times (Ernesto Hoost being the first).

In April 2010, he successfully made his fourth title defence against teammate Errol Zimmerman by unanimous decision. At the 2010 Final 16 he beat Hesdy Gerges by a close decision, after sustaining a cut to his shin in the fight that required 4 stitches. In the semi finals of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final he was defeated for the first time in a tournament by Peter Aerts in a gruelling decision.[13]

In 2012 Schilt returned to the ring with a more aggressive style earning a convincing victory over Guidon and Zimmerman.

At the sixteen-man 2012 Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam at Glory 4: Tokyo - 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam in Saitama, Japan on 31 December 2012, Schilt rematched Brice Guidon at the first stage of the tournament. He floored the Frenchman with a left jab in the opening seconds of round two before finishing him with the same technique soon after. At the quarter-final stage, he went up against Rico Verhoeven and, as he won the first of the two, two-minute rounds, was given his passage to the semis via unanimous decision. There, he used his eleven inch height and twenty-seven kilogram weight advantage to outpoint the Turk to another two-round unanimous points verdict. A highly anticipated match-up with Daniel Ghiţă awaited him in the final and, after a slow start to the three-minute first round, Schilt sent the Romanian bruiser to the canvas with a left high kick. Despite Ghiţă seemingly recovering from the blow, referee Joop Ubeda controversially called a halt to the contest, giving Schilt the TKO win and the inaugural Glory Grand Slam crown.[14][15][16]


It was reported on 26 June 2013 that Schilt would be retiring immediately after being instructed to do so from his medical team due to a heart condition that was discovered.[17]

Championships and accomplishments


Mixed Martial Arts

  • Fight Matrix
    • 1999 Fighter of the Year[18]


  • 2 times Daido Juku Hokutoki champion. open-weight division, 1996/1997
  • 2 times IBK (International Budo Kai) European Champion Full contact karate (Knockdown karate rules) 1995/1996
  • 3 times IBK (International Budo Kai) Dutch Champion Full contact karate (Knockdown karate rules) 1993/1994/1995
  • Runner-up Open British Kyokushin Championship 1997
  • Black Belt Magazine
    • 2008 Full-Contact Fighter of the Year [19]
  • In 2013 Semmy Schilt was officially inducted into the CBME's Dutch National Hall of Fame for the Martial arts.
  • Rank
    • 6th dan black belt in Ashihara kaikan

Kickboxing record

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 26–14–1 Mighty Mo Submission (triangle choke) Fields Dynamite!! 2008 December 31, 2008 1 5:17 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 25–14–1 Nandor Guelmino TKO (punches) LOTR: Schilt vs. Guelmino January 12, 2008 1 4:20 Belgrade, Serbia
Win 24–14–1 Min-Soo Kim Submission (triangle choke) Hero's 6 August 5, 2006 1 4:47 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 23–14–1 Sergei Kharitonov TKO (punches) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004 June 20, 2004 1 9:19 Kobe, Japan
Win 23–13–1 Gan McGee Submission (armbar) PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 April 25, 2004 1 5:02 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Qualifies for PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004.
Loss 22–13–1 Josh Barnett Submission (armbar) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003 December 31, 2003 3 4:48 Kobe, Japan
Loss 22–12–1 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Submission (triangle choke) PRIDE 23 November 24, 2002 1 6:36 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 22–11–1 Fedor Emelianenko Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 21 June 23, 2002 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 22–10–1 Yoshihiro Takayama KO (punches) PRIDE 18 December 23, 2001 1 3:09 Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Win 21–10–1 Masaaki Satake TKO (strikes) PRIDE 17 November 3, 2001 1 2:18 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20–10–1 Akira Shoji KO (soccer kick) PRIDE 16 September 24, 2001 1 8:19 Osaka, Japan
Loss 19–10–1 Josh Barnett Submission (armbar) UFC 32 June 29, 2001 1 4:21 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 19–9–1 Pete Williams TKO (strikes) UFC 31 May 4, 2001 2 1:26 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Draw 18–9–1 Aleksei Medvedev Decision Draw 2H2H II Simply The Best March 18, 2001 2 10:00 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 18–9 Bob Schrijber Technical Submission (guillotine choke) It's Showtime – Exclusive October 22, 2000 2 1:00 Haarlem, Netherlands
Win 17–9 Osami Shibuya TKO (punches) Pancrase – 2000 Anniversary Show September 24, 2000 1 8:55 Yokohama, Japan Retains Pancrase Openweight Title.
Win 16–9 Yoshihisa Yamamoto KO (knee and punch) Rings Holland: Di Capo Di Tutti Capi June 4, 2000 1 2:54 Utrecht, Netherlands
Win 15–9 Kazuo Takahashi TKO (strikes) Pancrase – Trans 3 April 30, 2000 1 7:30 Yokohama, Japan Retains Pancrase Openweight Title.
Win 14–9 Yuki Kondo Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase – Breakthrough 10 November 28, 1999 1 2:28 Osaka, Japan Wins Pancrase Openweight Title.
Win 13–9 Ikuhisa Minowa Decision (unanimous) Pancrase – 1999 Anniversary Show September 18, 1999 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–9 Katsuomi Inagaki Submission Pancrase – Breakthrough 8 September 4, 1999 1 8:23 Sendai, Japan
Win 11–9 Osami Shibuya Submission Pancrase – Breakthrough 7 July 6, 1999 1 12:06 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 10–9 Gilbert Yvel KO (punches) Rings Holland: The Kings of the Magic Ring June 20, 1999 2 4:45 Utrecht, Netherlands
Loss 10–8 Yuki Kondo Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Breakthrough 4 April 18, 1999 1 20:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 10–7 Takafumi Ito Submission (choke) Pancrase: Breakthrough 3 March 9, 1999 1 1:45 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–7 Masakatsu Funaki KO (body punch) Pancrase – 1998 Anniversary Show September 14, 1998 1 7:13 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–7 Guy Mezger TKO (strikes) Pancrase – Advance 8 June 21, 1998 1 13:15 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–7 Kazuo Takahashi TKO (strikes) Pancrase – Advance 6 May 12, 1998 1 5:44 Yokohama, Japan
Win 6–7 Jason Godsey TKO (cut) Pancrase – Advance 5 April 26, 1998 1 1:47 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 5–7 Masakatsu Funaki Decision (lost points) Pancrase – Advance 4 March 18, 1998 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 5–6 Satoshi Hasegawa Submission Pancrase – Advance 3 February 6, 1998 1 3:56 Kobe, Japan
Win 5–5 Minoru Suzuki KO (knee) Pancrase – Advance 1 January 16, 1998 1 9:52 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4–5 Yuki Kondo Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Alive 7 June 30, 1997 1 20:00 Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Win 4–4 Takaku Fuke Submission Pancrase: Alive 5 May 24, 1997 1 8:59 Kobe, Japan
Win 3–4 Kazuo Takahashi TKO Pancrase: Alive 3 March 22, 1997 1 7:00 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 2–4 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Alive 2 February 22, 1997 1 5:47 Chiba, Japan
Loss 2–3 Guy Mezger Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Alive 1 January 17, 1997 1 20:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–2 Osami Shibuya Decision (majority) Pancrase – Truth 10 December 15, 1996 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–2 Ryushi Yanagisawa Submission Pancrase – Truth 7 October 28, 1996 1 0:51 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 1–1 Yuki Kondo Decision (split) Pancrase – 1996 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 July 22, 1996 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Manabu Yamada Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase – Truth 5 May 16, 1996 1 5:44 Tokyo, Japan


Year Title Role
2008 Transporter 3 The Giant
2011 Amsterdam Heavy
2011 Nova Zembla Claes
2012 Black Out Abel


  1. ^ "SEM SCHILT WERELDKAMPIOEN K-1", 5 December 2009, De Telegraaf (Dutch)
  2. ^ "Fighter Dies After Golden Glory Sparring Session", (English)
  3. ^ "Semmy Schilt in Romania", (Romanian)
  4. ^ "Horia Rădulescu îl pregăteşte pe Semmy Schilt pentru Glory Series", (Romanian)
  5. ^ "Sem Schilt", (Dutch)
  6. ^ Profile of Semmy Schilt, K-1
  7. ^ Profile of Semmy Schilt, K-1 (Japanese)
  8. ^ Semmy Schilt: The Best in the World
  9. ^ Semmy Schilt: Exclusive interview with IK
  10. ^ "Overly strong Schilt buries the former champion Hoost / Sem Schilt vs Ernesto Hoost", 1 January 2006, Livedoor Sports (Japanese)
  11. ^ "FieLDS K-1 WORLD GP 2009 IN SEOUL -FINAL16- : Bout 6", 26 September 2009, K-1 (Japanese)
  12. ^ "Schilt in 355 seconden K1-kampioen", 7 December 2009, Het Parool (Dutch)
  13. ^ "Schilt breaks the speed record!! WGP Final Fan Poll", 5 December 2009, K-1
  14. ^ GLORY 4 Tokyo Grand Slam Tournament Match-Ups Set
  15. ^ DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo Live Results
  16. ^ Semmy Schilt Wins Over Daniel Ghita to Claim GLORY Grand Slam Crown
  17. ^ Sem Schilt Retires Due to Heart Condition
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  19. ^ "Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee Directory" Black Belt Magazine

External links

  • Official website
  • Profile at Glory
  • Professional MMA record for Semmy Schilt from Sherdog
  • Semmy Schilt on