Schilling (right) vs. Kaoklai Kaennorsing in October 2011.
|Born||Joseph Francis Schilling|
January 13, 1984
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
|Other names||Stitch 'em Up|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Division||Super Middleweight |
|Reach||75 1⁄2 in (192 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Team||American Top Team|
Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Joseph Francis Schilling (born January 13, 1984) is an American professional Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial artist who competes for Bellator Kickboxing in the Middleweight division, and in the Middleweight division for Bellator MMA.
Known for his use of elbows to cut opponents and nicknamed "Stitch 'em Up", Schilling began fighting professionally in 2006 and was a two-time national titlist before defeating Kaoklai Kaennorsing to become the WBC Muaythai Interim World Light Heavyweight Champion in 2011. His profile further increased the following year when he engaged in a controversial rivalry with Simon Marcus.
As of 1 November 2018, he is ranked the #7 middleweight kickboxer in the world by Combat Press.
- 1 Background
- 2 Career
- 3 Championships and awards
- 4 Boxing record
- 5 Kickboxing record
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Schilling was raised by a single mother alongside two other siblings. A troublesome child, Schilling was expelled from four different schools and took up Muay Thai at 15 years old, hoping that it would give him direction and focus. After being kicked out of the family home at 17, he worked odd jobs and began his fighting career in local Toughman Contests while living in a small property that his grandmother owned with his brother Kevin. After his grandmother died, Schilling moved to Los Angeles, California where he found work as a personal trainer at a YMCA. He met his future trainer and business partner Mark Komuro while training at the LA Boxing Club, in downtown Los Angeles. When that gym shut down, the pair moved to a spartan gym situated in a dilapidated structure that had formerly housed the Lincoln Heights city jail, with Schilling being announced at fights as fighting out of "The Jail." In keeping with that theme, when Schilling and Komuro decided to open their own gym, they were inspired to name it after the exercise area in prison, and in 2007 they opened The Yard, a Muay Thai gym located in Lincoln Heights.
Early career (2006–2009)
After a short and unremarkable amateur career, Schilling turned professional on September 30, 2006, taking on Lawson Baker in an 84 kg/185 lb bout on ten days' notice in Inglewood, California. He recalls striking his opponent with all his might, only to watch him continue to advance unfazed. After being dropped multiple times and nearly throwing in the towel, Schilling finally found the one weapon that worked, elbows. 47 landed elbows later, he won his first professional Muay Thai fight by way of split decision.
Having amassed an undefeated record over the course of the next year, Schilling was given the opportunity to fight for the vacant International Karate Kickboxing Council (IKKC) United States Super Middleweight (-75 kg/165 lb) Muay Thai Championship against Russian import Denis Grachev in Highland, California on November 29, 2007. Grachev defeated Schilling with a 47-second knockout in the first round after Grachev delivered a spinning heel kick to the body, as Schilling was unable to beat the referee's ten count.
Throughout 2008, he turned his focus towards mixed martial arts and amassed a 1-3 record in the sport with all of his bouts ending in a submission. Schilling also debuted as a professional boxer on December 20, 2008 and knocked out his opponent Orlando Brizzio in just five seconds, the fastest KO in American combat sports history. He made his return to Muay Thai in early 2009 and took wins over Chidi Njokuani and Chris Spång before experiencing a devastating loss to Wang Hong Xiang on August 30, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fighting under Sanshou rules for the first time, Schilling was repeatedly thrown and taken down throughout the bout and injured both of his knees. He was counted out by the referee in round two when he could not continue after a leg sweep. He required surgery on his knees after the fight which resulted in a year-long layoff.
United States Champion (2010–2011)
Schilling made his return to the ring on September 26, 2010 in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles where he faced Ryan Roy in a bout for the Muay Thai Association of America (MTAA) United States Super Middleweight (-75 kg/165 lb) Championship. After dominating Roy in the first round utilizing his height advantage with knees from the Thai clinch, Schilling forced the referee to stop the contest in the second when he barraged his opponent with a series of unanswered elbows. Less than a month later, he made his international debut as he defeated Argentine opponent Luciano Vazquez via fourth round technical knockout at the historic Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on October 24, 2010.
On December 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, he beat Chaz Mulkey by third-round TKO in a WBC Muay Thai United States Super Middleweight (-76.204 kg/168 lb) title eliminator. He knocked Mulkey down four times throughout the bout, causing a referee stoppage. Schilling was then scheduled to face Ky Hollenbeck for the WBC National Super Middleweight Championship on March 5, 2011 in Los Angeles but Hollenbeck withdrew from the bout to fight for a world title and was replaced by Chase Green, and so the interim belt was then put on the line instead. After forcing a standing eight count on Green with a combination of a thip to the face and punches early in round one, he pounced on his hurt opponent and finished the fight with a flurry of strikes at the 2:13 mark of the opening stanza.
Schilling was expected to fight at the Stand Up Promotions' World Class Championship Muay Thai event in Anaheim, California on August 13, 2011 but he dropped out to fight Brandon Banda for the vacant WBC United States Light Heavyweight (-79.379 kg/175 lb) Championship at Lion Fight: Battle in the Desert 3 in Primm, Nevada a week later. The bout was the pair's rubber match as they had gone 1-1 as amateurs, and Schilling took the lead in their rivalry as he knocked his foe unconscious with a knee strike inside the opening round to claim his second national title.
Entry onto the world stage (2011–2012)
Having established himself as an elite fighter domestically, Joe Schilling was matched up with two-time Rajadamnern Stadium Champion and K-1 star Kaoklai Kaennorsing in a WBC Interim World Light Heavyweight Championship bout at the M-One: Thailand vs. America event held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on October 21, 2011. The fight was one-sided in favour of Schilling, as he floored the Thai in the opening seconds and again immediately after he beat the referee's eight count. After a period of clinching, he knocked Kaoklai down for the third time with a right hook towards the end of the round, ending the fight.
In January 2012, Schilling and former foe Chaz Mulkey were brought in as sparring partners for MMA star Nick Diaz ahead of his Interim UFC Welterweight Championship match with Carlos Condit at UFC 143.
Joe Schilling and Canada's Simon Marcus went head to head in a bout to determine North America's top Light Heavyweight at Lion Fight: Battle in the Desert 5 in Las Vegas on February 25, 2012. Both men agreed to a "winner takes all" scenario, meaning that whoever came out victorious would take 100% of the fight purse, and the fight ended as controversially as it began. In round one, Marcus tripped Schilling, sending his head slamming into the canvas. As Schilling returned to his feet, clearly hurt from the throw, Marcus stormed in and knocked him down with a left hook. He was able to beat the count but Marcus went on the attack again and knocked Schilling out with a right elbow soon after. After the fight, Schilling's camp made the accusation that the sweep that Marcus used to daze him initially was illegal and appealed to the Nevada State Athletic Commission to have the bout result overturned to a no contest, which was rejected.
Due to the controversy surrounding the ending of their first fight, Schilling and Simon Marcus rematched at Lion Fight 6 in Las Vegas on May 12, 2012 in a bout to determine the number one contender for Artem Levin's WBC World Light Heavyweight Championship. It was close this time, with both men exchanging menacing shots. Marcus' knees and throws from the clinch would be the deciding factor, however, as he was awarded the majority decision (47-47, 48-47, 49-46).
Despite losing in the number one contender's match, Schilling was to be given a shot at Artem Levin and his WBC World Light Heavyweight Championship at the Battle for the Belts event in Bangkok, Thailand on June 9, 2012 after Simon Marcus pulled out. However, Levin himself then withdrew due to knee surgery and, while Artem Vakhitov was originally tabbed as his replacement, Karapet Karapetyan eventually stepped in as the final opponent and Schilling's interim title was put on the line. Having dominated every round but the third, Schilling won on the judges' scorecards to make the first defence of his interim belt.
In the main event of Lion Fight 7 in Las Vegas on October 13, 2012, he met Eddie Walker in an 82 kg/180 lb bout. Schilling attacked Walker's lead leg from the start and scored knockdowns with elbows in rounds one and two. As Schilling got more aggressive towards the end of round two and began to look for the finish, Walker let his hands go and connected with a short right cross which sent Schilling crashing to the canvas in a state of unconsciousness.
He was slated to fight Edwin Aguilar at Lion Fight 9 in Las Vegas on March 15, 2013 but was denied a license due to medical concerns by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It was also reported that he would face Steven Wakeling under Oriental kickboxing rules at GLORY 5: London in London, England on March 23, 2013 but he was replaced by his old foe Simon Marcus in that bout after rejecting the contract from GLORY.
He was set to make his return against Charles Byrd at Lion Fight 10 in Las Vegas on July 26, 2013. However, he was removed from the card and the Lion Fight roster when he refused to sign an exclusive contract with the promotion.
Schilling finally made his GLORY debut when he competed in and won the four-man 85 kg/187 lb tournament at GLORY 10: Los Angeles - Middleweight World Championship Tournament in Ontario, California on September 28, 2013. He was scheduled to fight Steve Wakeling in the semi-finals but the Englishman was unable to compete due to visa issues and was replaced by Kengo Shimizu. Schilling took a dominant unanimous decision over Shimizu before meeting Artem Levin in the final. Levin had a strong first round but Schilling bounced back to floor the Russian with a right overhand followed by a knee in the second. The bout was ruled a draw after the regulation three rounds and so it went to an extension round to decide the winner in which Schilling scored a controversial knockdown and secured himself the unanimous decision.
He fought up-and-comer Wayne Barrett in the main event of GLORY 12: New York - Lightweight World Championship Tournament in New York City, New York on November 23, 2013, losing a unanimous decision. Barrett dropped Schilling twice in round two but Schilling rallied back to score a knockdown of his own with a knee in the third. It was too little, too late, however, as he lost the fight on points.
It was announced during the GLORY 15: Istanbul broadcast that Schilling would be one of eight fighters competing in the GLORY 17: Los Angeles - Last Man Standing Middleweight Tournament in Inglewood on June 21, 2014. It was later revealed that Schilling would face Simon Marcus for the third time in the quarter-finals. He drew Simon Marcus for the third time in the quarter-finals and was floored with a flurry of punches by his Canadian rival in round two. He outworked Marcus in rounds one and three, however, and the judges scored the match a unanimous draw to send it into an extension round to decide the winner. Marcus was docked a point by referee "Big" John McCarthy for dropping his gumshield numerous times and, now forced to go for the knockout, was caught by a counter right cross from Schilling in the last twenty seconds of the fight which left him unconscious on the mat. Rematching Wayne Barrett in the semis, Schilling got revenge on another of his rivals as he took a split decision victory to book his place in the final against the man he faced in the tournament final a year earlier, Artem Levin. Levin scored a first-round knockdown over Schilling with a spinning backfist and was later docked a point by referee Al Wichgers for extensive clinching in round three. It was not enough for Schilling, however, as he lost a clear-cut unanimous decision.
On October 3, 2014 it was announced that Schilling had signed with Bellator MMA. He made his debut against fellow kickboxer Melvin Manhoef on November 15, 2014 at Bellator 131. Schilling won the back-and-forth fight via knockout in the second round.
In his third fight for the promotion, Schilling faced promotional newcomer Hisaki Kato at Bellator 139 on June 26, 2015. Schilling lost the fight via knockout in the second round. This marked the first time Schilling has been knocked out in a mixed martial arts match.
On June 24, 2016, Schilling made his debut for Bellator Kickboxing facing Hisaki Kato in a rematch at Bellator Kicking 2. He lost the fight via knockout due to a spinning back fist in the second round.
Championships and awards
- Muay Thai Association of America
- MTAA United States Super Middleweight (-75 kg/165 lb) Championship
- World Boxing Council Muaythai
- WBC Muaythai World Super Middleweight (-76.204 kg/168 lb) Championship
- WBC Muaythai United States Light Heavyweight (-79.379 kg/175 lb) Championship
- WBC Muaythai Interim World Light Heavyweight (-79.379 kg/175 lb) Championship
Mixed Martial Arts
1 Wins (1 (T)KO's), 0 Losses, 1 Draw
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
|Professional kickboxing record|
23 wins (13 KOs), 9 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|10 matches||4 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||4–6||Tony Johnson||KO (punch)||Bellator 229||October 4, 2019||3||2:07||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||4–5||Keith Berry||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 219||March 29, 2019||3||5:00||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||3–5||Will Morris||TKO (corner stoppage)||Bellator 210||November 30, 2018||1||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||2–5||Hisaki Kato||KO (Superman punch)||Bellator 139||June 26, 2015||2||0:34||Mulvane, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||2–4||Rafael Carvalho||Decision (split)||Bellator 136||April 10, 2015||3||5:00||Irvine, California, United States|
|Win||2–3||Melvin Manhoef||KO (punch)||Bellator 131||November 15, 2014||2||0:32||San Diego, California, United States|
|Loss||1–3||Damion Douglas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||September 26, 2008||1||0:46||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Loss||1–2||Tony Ferguson||Submission (Von Flue choke)||TFA 12||September 13, 2008||2||2:12||Long Beach, California, United States|
|Win||1–1||Maurice Doucette||Submission (triangle choke)||CXF: Uprising in Upland||June 14, 2008||1||1:38||Upland, California, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Matt Makowski||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||January 25, 2008||1||4:01||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
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- LA Dreams
- National Muay Thai Championships Sept. 26th feature Chunuawat, Embree, Roy, Schilling, and Oblonsky
- Raja results
- Joe Schilling Stitches ‘Em Up with the Science
- Chaz Mulkey vs. Joe Schilling set for Dec. 5 Archived 2012-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
- Event Recap: Ross defeats Malaipet, Schilling finishes Mulkey Archived 2012-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
- Joe Schilling vs. Ky Hollenbeck WBC Title fight set for March 5th MTAA show Archived 2012-12-19 at the Wayback Machine
- MTAA March 5th fight card, Ky Hollenbeck out, Chase Green in against Joe Schilling
- Stand Up Promotions "Schilling vs. Green" recap
- Joe Schilling vs. Kaoklai Kaennorsing rumored for August 13th Stand Up Promotions event
- Fight Card for Stand Up Promotions "World Class Championship Muay Thai"
- Joe Schilling and Brandon Banda rumored to fight for vacant WBC Muay Thai Light Heavyweight U.S. National Title
- Cosmo Alexandre vs. Sakmongkol official to headline Battle in the Desert 3, three more fights confirmed Archived 2012-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
- Four titles on the line at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 3" Archived 2012-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
- Results and Recap: Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 3" Archived 2012-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
- Joe Schilling vs. Kaoklai likely for October M-One Muay Thai event in Los Angeles
- Four bouts official for M-One Muay Thai at Club Nokia; Schilling, Ross, Rungravee, Kaoklai and Adanza confirmed
- Joe Schilling vs. Kaoklai set to fight for WBC Muay Thai world title at Club Nokia on October 21st
- Results and Recap: M-One "Team Thailand vs. Team America"
- Diaz brings in Top Muay Thai Fighters Schilling & Mulkey in Preparation for Condit at UFC 143
- Five Fantastic Fights in February
- Schilling vs. Marcus, Mulkey vs. Choplin and more expected to take place at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5" Archived 2012-12-19 at the Wayback Machine
- Fight card for Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5" Archived 2012-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
- NSAC approves winner take all scenario for Joe Schilling vs. Simon Marcus at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
- Results & Recap: Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5" Archived 2012-12-18 at the Wayback Machine
- Simon Marcus responds to criticism concerning his victory over Joe Schilling
- Joe Schilling's appeal rejected by Nevada State Athletic Commission
- Joe Schilling vs. Simon Marcus re-match taking place at Lion Fight Promotions May 12th event
- Schilling vs. Marcus official for Lion Fight Muay Thai VI
- Fight Card set for Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. Marcus
- Results & Recap: Lion Fight Muay Thai VI "Schilling vs. Marcus 2"
- Simon Marcus rumored to be out of bout with Artem Levin, Joe Schilling tabbed as replacement
- Artem Levin rumored to be out of fight with Joe Schilling at Battle for the Belts on June 9th
- Artem Levin officially out of fight with Joe Schilling, Artem Vakhitov replaces him Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
- Karapet Karapetyan expected to replace Artem Vakhitov against Joe Schilling at Battle for the Belts on June 9th Archived 2013-12-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Battle for the Belts: Pinca, Kem, Sagetdao, Schilling Among Winners
- Joe Schilling vs. Alex Berrios rumored as main event for September 8th Lion Fight Muay Thai VII event
- Joe Schilling vs. Eddie Walker and Joseph Valtellini vs. Gregory Choplin set for Lion Fight Muay Thai VII October 13th Archived 2012-12-19 at the Wayback Machine
- Schilling vs. Walker and Valtellini vs. Choplin official for Lion Fight Muay Thai VII on October 13th Archived 2013-12-17 at the Wayback Machine
- Results and Recap of Lion Fight Muay Thai 7: Walker KO's Schilling
- Weekend Results: Eddie Walker KO's Joe Schilling
- Lion Fight 9 - Fights Announced: Marcus vs. Levin, Ross, Schilling, van Soest
- Simon Marcus vs. Artem Levin official for Lion Fight 9; Tiffany Van Soest, Kevin Ross, and Joe Schilling all in action as well Archived 2013-03-30 at the Wayback Machine
- Joe Schilling no longer fighting at Lion Fight 9 against Edwin Aguilar
- Joe Schilling vs. Steve Wakeling Slated for GLORY 5 London
- GLORY 5 London Fight Card
- Lion Fight 10 Announced for July 26th
- New Fights Announced for Lion Fight 10
- Yodsanklai vs. Chike Lindsay, Ognjen Topic vs. Coke Chunhawat, and more expected at Lion Fight 10 Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
- Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Chike Lindsay official for Lion Fight 10 in July Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
- Ognjen Topic the Latest to Sign Exclusive Lion Fight Deal
- Joe Schilling removed from Lion Fight 10
- GLORY 10 Los Angeles: Middleweight Tournament
- Glory 10 set for Ontario, CA with 4-man middleweight tournament Archived 2013-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Match ups announced for Glory 10 middleweight tournament Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
- Steve Wakeling out of Glory 10 middleweight tournament, Kengo Shimizu now set to face Joe Schilling Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine
- GLORY 10 Live Results and Updates
- GLORY 10 results, LIVE online fight coverage stream for 'Los Angeles'
- Joe Schilling is the New GLORY Middleweight Champion of the World
- Main Event for GLORY 12 Unveiled: Joe Schilling vs. Wayne Barrett
- 2 more fights confirmed for Glory 12 including Joe Schilling vs. Wayne Barrett headliner Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine
- Glory 12 Results and Recap: Andy Ristie shocks the world with two huge knockouts Archived 2015-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
- GLORY 12 Live Results and Updates
- GLORY 12 results: Upsets galore as Giorgio Petrosyan falls short to tourney winner Andy Ristie Archived 2013-11-28 at the Wayback Machine
- GLORY 17 Los Angeles Featuring PPV Tournament
- Joe Schilling vs. Simon Marcus III Booked for GLORY Last Man Standing
- Glory 17 and Last Man Standing Live Results Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Glory's Last Man Standing Results Archived 2014-06-26 at the Wayback Machine
- Glory results: Artem Levin, Rico Verhoeven and Joseph Valtellini take home Glory gold
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