Joe Schilling vs. Curtis Millender Added to Bellator 249

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Curtis Millender Credit: Joe McDonagh/Cageside Press

Former Glory Kickboxing tournament champ Joe Schilling is about to get another tough test in the world of MMA. Schilling (4-6) has been paired up with former UFC welterweight Curtis Millender (18-6) at next month’s Bellator 249.

The OC Register was first to report news of the fight.

Joe Schilling’s MMA career hasn’t been without its hiccups, but the deadly striker known as “Stitch ‘Em Up” is 2-1 in his last three fights inside the Bellator cage. He’s coming off a knockout loss to Tony Johnson in his most recent outing, however, in October 2019.

A year later, he finds himself paired up with Millender, who went 3-2 in his UFC run against some tough competition. “Courteous” Curtis Millender’s release from that promotion came as something of a surprise, but the UFC’s loss was Bellator’s gain. In his return to the company (Millender originally competed for Bellator in 2015, then again in 2017), he’s 1-1. He’ll enter the fight with Schilling off a loss to Sabah Homasi back in August.

The Schilling fight will be Millender’s third of 2020.

Bellator 249 is expected to be headlined by women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg, making her first title defense opposite Arlene Blencowe. Patricky Pitbull is also set to appear, taking on LFA champ Jaleel Willis. The event takes place October 15 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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