Semmy “The Hightower” Schilt about his work with SENSHI exclusively for

Few names in combat sports can claim a career like that of Semmy Schilt. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1973, he took up karate as a child before switching to mixed martial arts when he was 23 years old. The aptly nicknamed 6-foot-11 “Hightower” made a reputation for himself competing in Pancrase, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championships. Over the years, he faced some of the best heavyweights in the world, including Fedor EmelianenkoAntonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Josh Barnett. Schilt retired from MMA with a record of 26 victories, 14 defeats, and one draw. After hanging up the small gloves, Schilt dedicated himself to kickboxing, becoming K-1 World Grand Prix Champion on four occasions and capturing the Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam Champion once. In 2013, he retired from all combat sports.

But now Schilt will soon step inside a ring again, as he is scheduled to referee at the upcoming Senshi 10. He discussed how hard that job could be at times, especially when dealing with dirty fighters, and touched on more topics from his long career. What is the essence of being a good referee and instructor at SENSHI – learn more from his special interview on