Saturday, September 28th, was the night that would change Joe Schilling‘s life and career as a fighter forever. It was the night he was crowned the first ever Glory Middleweight Champion! For this one night, four-man tournament, Glory, the number one kickboxing organization, made its way to the U.S. for a second time, this time hitting up the West Coast for Glory 10: Los Angeles. After defeating Japanese fighter Kengo Shimizu, “Stitch Em’ Up” Schilling battled number-one-ranked Artem Levin in a closely contested fight that lasted into an extension – or “sudden victory” - round.
“I’ve wanted to fight Artem Levin for a long time. Not because I thought he was the easy opponent, but because he was the best.”
With Schilling‘s win over odds favorite Levin, and fellow American fighter and Can’t Stop Crazy teammate Ky Hollenbeck defeating Dutch kickboxing legend Albert Kraus, Glory 10: Los Angeles marked a turning point for American kickboxing and proved to the naysayers that America most definitely has a place on the international kickboxing scene.
“When they started chanting “U.S.A.!”, it was a real boost…It felt like a Rocky movie…”
A huge congratulations to Joe Schilling from the whole Mideast Dynasty team on this awesome milestone achievement! We wish you much more success in the future.
Check out the final here:
Joe Schilling vs Artem Levin (Glory Middleweight Championship bout)
Tomorrow night, October 12th 2013, Glory will be making its Spike TV debut with Glory 11: Chicago featuring a Heavyweight title tournament! Check your local listings and make sure you tune in!