Footage has emerged online of former Bellator MMA and Glory Kickboxing veteran Joe Schilling knocking out a man at a bar, after an exchange of words turned ugly.
At the start of the video, Joe can be seen pushing past a man stood next to the bar in a shirt and tie. When the man takes exception to the push, he calls Joe back over to confront him. A decision he would likely later regret, as Schilling turned and exchanged a few words with the man, before firing off a 2-3 combination that sent the bar-goer to the floor, stiff and motionless.
In response to the incident, Joe Schilling released the following statement. “Little context… This guys rapping like an idiot. The busboy, who happens to be black, walks by and this idiot bumps into him and screams out ‘me and broke n****s, we don’t get along’. The busboy was seriously offended, but doesn’t want to lose his job. As the night goes on, this clown starts looking at me… I go outside to smoke as I’m walking back, he bumps into me. I put my hand out to catch him, he immediately says sorry. You can see me nod my head like cool. Then he realizes it’s me, the guy he’s been rapping at all night and yells ‘hey!’. I turned around and he flexes on me… bad decisions are made every day. The busboy and DJ came up to thank me. As you can see from this video, when he flexed on me I was scared for my life and simply defending myself against the evil in this world.”
Joe Schilling’s statement regarding the incident. pic.twitter.com/zOBb38SlvG
— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) June 28, 2021
Schilling’s reaction was quite the juxtaposition to that of Michael Bisping’s days earlier. In a tweet from 27th June, Bisping revealed that a man had punched him in the face for filming in a public street. Luckily for the man, Bisping chose to laugh in his face and walk away, rather than return fire.
was just assaulted 😂 guy got in my face for filming on a public street. I told him to go away and he punched me 😂was literally so soft I laughed at him,So funny that someone that acts so tough hits like such a bitch, I laughed and walked away. Man I’m mature these days 😂
— michael (@bisping) June 27, 2021
Many have drawn comparisons between the two situations as Schillings actions have been met with a rather mixed reception. A former opponent of Joe’s, Keith Berry, tweeted “You see that cheap shot , scum bag joe schilling”
You see that cheap shot , scum bag joe schilling
— Keith “KO kid” Berry (@kokid951) June 29, 2021
While former NBA shooting guard Rex Chapman commented “He totally went looking to knock that dude out. ‘Life-threatening my ass.'”
He totally went looking to knock that dude out. “Life-threatening” my ass. https://t.co/0iNLUf8OFo
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) June 28, 2021
Schilling competed in MMA from 2008 to 2019, compiling a record of 4-6 with six fights in Bellator. As a kickboxer he sat at 23-9 with three successful years competing under the Glory Kickboxing banner. In 2013, he won the Glory middleweight world championship tournament and holds notable victories over Jason Wilnis, Artem Levin and Simon Marcus.