Joe Schilling plans on competing in Bellator and Glory. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Joe Schilling (18-6, 11 KO’s) is back in the Glory ranks.
The Los Angeles-based fighter has signed “a multi-fight deal” with the organization and will have the first fight of his new contract on Feb. 6 at Glory 19, sources tell Sherdog.
His opponent will be Robert “The White Dragon” Thomas (7-2, 5 KO’s), a 21-year-old Canadian who garnered a considerable reputation on the muay Thai circuit in North America before crossing over into professional kickboxing.
Schilling’s last Glory appearance was in June 2014 when he fought in the eight-man “Last Man Standing” tournament in his home city of Los Angeles, winning two bouts but losing a decision to Russian rival Artem Levin in the final.
Thomas also has a decision loss to Levin. He made his Glory debut against the top middleweight when Levin was left without an opponent for the Glory 16 “Denver” event in May 2014. Thomas then bounced back with a stoppage win over Glory veteran Mike Lemaire at Glory 18 in November.
Schilling made his Bellator MMA debut in November, stopping the Dutch power-striker Melvin Manhoef in the second round of their contest. Schilling won plaudits for the victory and now intends to compete in both Glory and Bellator going forward.
Currently No.1 in the official Glory contender rankings, Schilling is well positioned for a title shot against Levin. They are 1-1 against each other, with Schilling having beaten Levin in the final of the Glory 10 middleweight tournament and Levin having returned the favor in June.
Glory 19, which airs live and free in the U.S. on Spike TV, is headlined by a heavyweight title contest between Rico ‘The Prince’ Verhoeven and his perennial rival Errol ‘The Bonecrusher’ Zimmerman.
Also on the card is Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, one quarter of a four-man welterweight contender tournament which will produce a challenger for Canadian welterweight champion “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini.
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