Joe Schilling Wants Title Shot In MMA Return


Joe Schilling hasn’t stepped inside the MMA cage for almost two years now, but the kickboxing great now has plans to return to action.

When that return does take place, the fighter would like a shot at the Bellator MMA Middleweight Title.

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“I’m ready for that if they want to do that,” Schilling told MMA Junkie. “I would love the opportunity, and I’m sure Melvin wants to run that one back again. It was an ‘Oh (expletive)’ fight the first time, and it would be an ‘Oh (expletive)’ fight the second time. Two guys that actually bring it for the middleweight title, and we haven’t had that for a couple years now (with Carvalho as champion). It could happen.”

Schilling would be an unlikely challenger for the middleweight gold, as he holds a professional MMA record of 2-5-0 (1-2-0 in Bellator MMA).

Even though he has been away from the sport for a little while now, the kickboxer has been training for his MMA return.

“I have an MMA fight multiple days a week with ‘Bomba’ in the gym,” Schilling said. “I feel more comfortable now than I did last time I knocked out Melvin. It’s a completely different sport than kickboxing, and the more I do it the more comfortable I become. I’ve been doing it for a couple years straight now.”

The next fight for Schilling will be a kickboxing match next week at Bellator Kickboxing 6, which takes place in Hungary.

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