Joe Schilling intends to return to the competition at MMA due to the fact that there are better money there than in Kickboxing.
Schilling gained recognition in the world of kickboxing in which he fought 32 fights in total, of which he won 23 (13 by KO) and 9 lost (5 by KO). He is the champion of the GLORY middleweight tournament from 2013. Currently, he has a series of four wins in a row at the Bellator Kickboxing Event. However, it turns out that kickboxing does not give him enough earnings and therefore Schilling will return to MMA.
His last fight in MMA, Schilling fought in June 2015 at Bellator 139, losing it by knockout in the second round in the clash with Hisakim Kato. Schilling cannot boast of such a good MMA record as in Kickboxing, because his balance is 2-5. Being a guest of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Schilling explained that money is the reason he wants to get back into competition in the cage.
"I want to continue to grow financially. Money motivates me a lot and I think that I have achieved the appropriate level of this sport (in kickboxing), so to speak. MMA is right next ... It makes sense. I want to fight big fights and earn as much money as I can before I retire. You can not just give up, you have to find a way to sell yourself and I do not think that kickboxing can help me. "
Joe Schilling lost in MMA with such fighters as Matt Makowski, Tony Ferguson, Damion Douglas, Rafael Carvalho and already mentioned Hisaki Kato while winning in the battles with Maurice Doucette and Melvin Manhoef. Four of the five defeated fights ended ahead of time just like two wins fights. For winning with Melvin Manhoef, Schilling received the prize "Knockout 2014".