Joe “Stich ‘Em Up” Schilling (18-6-0, 11 KOs) has been added to the Glory 19 card in the co-main event. He faces 21-year-old Canadian prodigy Robert “White Dragon” Thomas (7-2-0, 5 KOs) alongside the rubber match between Rico Verhoeven (44-9-0, 10 KOs) and rival Errol “The Bonecrusher” Zimmerman (103-11-1, 44 KOs).
Joe Schilling last fought in Belabor 131 against Melvin Manhoef in a fight few saw going past the first round of action. Manhoef dominated the first, but Schilling survived to deliver a second round KO just 32 seconds in. Schilling will trade in his 4 ounce gloves for the black and whites, returning to the Glory ring against Robert “White Dragon” Thomas (7-2-0, 5 KO’s). According to SB Nation, Schilling has signed multi fight contracts with both Bellator MMA and now with Glory. How will he be able to fair in both? His manager Mike Kogan tells MMAmania:
“There is a difference between being a crossover contender and a crossover star, and Joe is a star period,” Kogan told MMAmania. “In kickboxing, MMA, anywhere, because of his fighting style. It’s do or die…”
Robert Thomas is 1-1 in Glory, but that doesn’t nearly tell the whole story about the Canadian Prodigy. When Artem Levin needed an opponent, Robert Thomas threw himself into the lion’s den with the middleweight champion for his Glory debut. While he lost the fight by decision, it was an enormous feat to last 3 rounds against an established master like Levin at Thomas’ just 21 years of age. He most recently defeated Mike Lemaire at Glory 18 with a spectacular 3rd round right cross knock out. Rated at #9, he takes on #1 in Glory’s middleweight division, standing to really impress the fans if he can secure a win.
If Joe Schilling wins the middleweight bout, how will he fare against Artem Levin? Where would Robert Thomas land with a victory over #1 Joe Schilling?