When Spike and GLORY parted ways following the kickboxing promotion’s Denver card, it had an aftershock effect on one of its most notable fighters, Joe Schilling, who, ironically enough, headlined the last Spike-televised GLORY event.
Schilling is one of combat sports’ busiest athlete. Not only has he fought twice under the Bellator MMA banner, but he also fought twice for GLORY. But when the broadcast partnership between the world’s premier kickboxing promotion and Spike came to an end, Schilling opted to stay with Bellator and Spike parent company Viacom Media.
“It impacted me quite a bit, actually,” Schilling said in an interview with MMAjunkie. “We were negotiating a new contract and it came to a pause on that. So I’m no longer with GLORY, so to speak, at this point. I’m excited for Spike this coming year. I think I’m going to stick with Spike.”
Even though ‘Stitch ’em Up’ is staying with Spike and Bellator, he was very proud to be on the GLORY roster.
“It’s disappointing that we couldn’t continue to do GLORY. I was a big part of GLORY’s start in the U.S., and I really enjoyed fighting for them,” he said.
As for what’s next, Schilling thinks that Bellator may continue to host their ‘Dynamite’ card. In September, GLORY and Bellator collaborated on ‘Dynamite 1’ where there were both kickboxing and MMA matches on the same card.
“I think that Bellator is going to continue to do those ‘Dynamite’ cards, so that’s the kickboxing now on Spike,” Schilling said. “I’ll have a busy year with Bellator and I expect those fights to be kickboxing and MMA. I was hoping after the last fight that I would be on the GLORY card in Amsterdam this coming weekend, but it just didn’t work out. So I’m going to relax and enjoy the holiday and get prepared for a busy year ahead of me.”