Kato’s New Tools To KO Schilling

Hisaki Kato returns to Bellator this weekend at Bellator Kickboxing 2 in St. Louis, Missouri, in a rematch against the fighter he last beat in the promotion in Bellator MMA, Joe Schilling. The difference this time is the bout will be held under kickboxing rules instead of MMA.

"The Japanese Musketeer" was last seen at RIZIN FF 1 in April where he defeated Yuta Watanabe by TKO, a much needed win for him to recover from his loss to Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 146.

“It’s a lot easier for me to prepare to fight in my own country,” Kato told MMAWeekly.com. “There’s no jet lag. You know the food. You know everything. So it was quite easy to get ready for that fight. It was in my hometown, so six hours after the fight, I was in my (own) home again. So it was really easy for all these reasons.”

“It was important to me to have a win after the loss to Melvin, but I was not really desperate after the loss,” Kato said. “I was not like ‘I need to win to be back on track’, I just wanted to do a good performance, and that’s what I did. I had no injuries and I’m ready to fight again.”

Going into this new fight with Schilling, Kato will be looking for the KO and doing what he does best to get the win the way he wants it. 

“For this time I trained specifically in kickboxing because the rules and gloves are different, so you have to get used to that,” said Kato. “With boxing gloves, you have different ways to protect yourself and to move and to use your footwork. I changed a lot of things for this fight.”

“I think I will have to use different timing, different timing and different attack combinations,” he said. “So it’s going to be quite different. But I still have to use my strong points, even if this is a kickboxing fight (rather than an MMA fight).

“I think I can have the knockout again. Of course, not in the same way, but I’m quite confident in the new skills I have and the combinations I have, so I think I have my chances.”

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