October 27, 1973
|Other names||Hightower, Semtex, The Seidokaikan Cyborg|
|Height||2.12 m (6 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||132 kg (291 lb; 20 st 11 lb)|
|Reach||86 in (218 cm)|
|Style||Ashihara Karate, Kickboxing, Shoot Wrestling, Seido Karate|
|Fighting out of||Zuidlaren, Netherlands|
Horia Rădulescu (part-time)
|Rank||Ashihara kaikan6th dan black belt in|
|Years active||1996–2008 (MMA),
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Sem "Semmy" Schilt (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsɛmi ˈsxɪlt]; born October 27, 1973) is a Dutch former Ashihara karateka, kickboxer, mixed martial artist, one time Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam champion and four time (three times consecutive) K-1 World GP champion. He is the only fighter in K-1 history to win the championship three times in a row, and also shares the record with Ernesto Hoost for most GPs won, with four. He has also competed in mixed-martial arts fights for the Pride Fighting Championship, UFC and Pancrase organizations.
Schilt is known for using his enormous height and reach to his advantage through mastering the Ashihara Karate techniques, avoiding getting hit while landing devastating jabs and front kicks. He is the most decorated heavyweight kickboxer in history, having won five major tournaments, and is widely regarded as one of the division's all-time greats. As of January 2013, Schilt is ranked the #1 heavyweight in the world by LiverKick.com.
On November 19, 2005 Schilt made his first appearance at the K-1 finals. As an Ashihara Karate fighter, 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.
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 April 3, 2007 he defeated Ray Sefo by 2nd rd. KO to become K-1's first Super Heavyweight Champion at K-1 World GP 2007 Yokohama.
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.
At the 2009 Final 16 Semmy beat the rising Romanian Daniel Ghita by unanimous decision. 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. 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 defense 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.
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 December 31, 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.
It was reported on June 26, 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.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- 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 
- In 2013 Semmy Schilt was officially inducted into the CBME's Dutch National Hall of Fame for the Martial arts.
- 6th dan black belt in Ashihara kaikan
43 Wins (20 (T)KO's, 21 Decisions), 6 Losses, 1 Draw
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|41 matches||26 wins||14 losses|
|Win||26–14–1||Mighty Mo||Submission (triangle choke)||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|
|2008||Transporter 3||The Giant|
- "SEM SCHILT WERELDKAMPIOEN K-1", December 5, 2009, De Telegraaf (Dutch)
- "Fighter Dies After Golden Glory Sparring Session", Sherdog.com (English)
- "Semmy Schilt in Romania", Respect-Gym.ro (Romanian)
- "Horia Rădulescu îl pregăteşte pe Semmy Schilt pentru Glory Series", Luptatorii.ro (Romanian)
- "Sem Schilt", Kickboxing.nl (Dutch)
- Profile of Semmy Schilt, K-1
- Profile of Semmy Schilt, K-1 (Japanese)
- Semmy Schilt: The Best in the World
- LiverKick.com Heavyweight Rankings: January 2013
- Semmy Schilt: Exclusive interview with IK
- "Overly strong Schilt buries the former champion Hoost / Sem Schilt vs Ernesto Hoost", January 1, 2006, Livedoor Sports (Japanese)
- "FieLDS K-1 WORLD GP 2009 IN SEOUL -FINAL16- : Bout 6", September 26, 2009, K-1 (Japanese)
- "Schilt in 355 seconden K1-kampioen", December 7, 2009, Het Parool (Dutch)
- "Schilt breaks the speed record!! WGP Final Fan Poll", December 5, 2009, K-1
- GLORY 4 Tokyo Grand Slam Tournament Match-Ups Set
- DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo Live Results
- Semmy Schilt Wins Over Daniel Ghita to Claim GLORY Grand Slam Crown
- Sem Schilt Retires Due to Heart Condition
- "Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee Directory" Black Belt Magazine