Schilling: “I Will Never Work With GLORY Again”
"Stitch ’em Up" Joe Schilling is ready to main event Bellator Kickboxing 2 against Hisaki Kato this Friday night, and is very content to be working with that promotion than his previous home of GLORY kickboxing.
Schilling’s last fight in GLORY was a win over Jason Wilnis on May 13, and he made it clear to Cage Pages that it will remain his final one ever with them.
“My relationship with GLORY is non-existent, and I will never do business with them again. I think GLORY is a pretty piss-poor promotion that will probably fold within the next six months due to the way they conduct business. Their budget is almost nothing, their rankings are garbage, and their commentary is atrocious. It’s just a shit-show that is run by people who know nothing about the sport to be honest. My contract is up with them, and I will never promote them or say anything nice about them ever. I think anybody that is currently fighting or working with GLORY will probably feel the same way at some point because they are very shady people.”
With that being said, Joe Schilling is very happy with his relationship with Bellator and Bellator President Scott Coker.
“It’s fantastic. Even before, when I was still with GLORY, Scott Coker and Bellator and SPIKE TV were all really great. They tried to put the fighters first, and that’s a good model. With GLORY, anytime they had the opportunity to treat me right or screw me over, they always tried to screw me over. With Bellator, it’s the complete opposite.”
Schilling then went into detail as to why he thinks so highly of the promotion.
“I had a three fight deal with Bellator. My first fight was a Knockout of the Year, it was a great performance . My second fight was boring and lackluster because my opponent, Rafael Carvalho, was a boring, lackluster fighter. I lost the decision, but everyone who watches that fight knows that I won. Then I fought Hisaki Kato, and I got knocked out. So that finished my three-fight deal, and I was 1-2. I was pretty upset and disappointed about it. Two days later, Scott Coker called me and told me they were still going to sign me, and they still wanted to be in the Joe Schilling business. That showed me how well Scott Coker treats people.
Had that same thing happened in GLORY, they would’ve probably tried to devalue me and pay me half as much money after that and take advantage of the situation. I’ve seen a lot of loyalty from Scott Coker and Bellator, they know how to treat fighters.”
Of course, Bellator’s bread-and-butter is mixed martial arts, and Schilling’s relationship with the promotion opens the door for more MMA fights in the Bellator cage.
“I’m excited that I don’t have to do in MMA anymore now that there is Bellator Kickboxing. So I’m grateful for that opportunity. But Bellator is willing to let me fight MMA. To be honest, looking at their middleweight division, I don’t think I’m that far away from a title shot. Melvin Manhoef should be the middleweight champion right now (he recently lost a controversial decision to Rafael Carvalho), and I knocked out Melvin.