Joe Schilling Planning Return to MMA Because He’s Reached Financial “Ceiling” in Kickboxing
By FCF Staff
Although Joe Schilling has won four straight bouts while competing under Bellator’s kickboxing banner, the renowned striker is eyeing a return to the cage, due to financial reasons.
Since Schilling was knocked out by Hisaki Kato at Bellator 139 in June, 2015, the American has only competed in kickboxing fights. During that time, Schilling has gone 5-2 in the ring.
“I want to keep progressing financially,” Schilling said. “Money motivates me a lot, and I think I’ve reached the ceiling of the sport (in kickboxing), so to speak. MMA’s here right next door. It makes sense.”
“I want to make big fights and as much money as I can before retiring,” Schilling said. “You can’t just quit. You’ve got to find ways to market yourself and get as much attention as possible in the space that you have. I don’t think kickboxing is going to get me there.”
Schilling is coming off a decision win over Filip Verlinden at Bellator Kickboxing 8 in December.