After shocking the world by knocking out Melvin Manhoef last year, Joe Schilling is ready to prove that his win wasn’t a fluke when he returns to the cage at Bellator 136 this weekend.

Set to face Rafael Carvalho, the middleweight mixed martial artist and former Glory champion wants to go undefeated in both sports this year and hopes to add more title belts to his collection.

Get to know Schilling a little bit before he steps into the Bellator cage on Friday night.

The MMA Corner: I loved your episode on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, where you mentioned your disdain for the oblique kick. Why do you hate that move so much?

Joe Schilling: First reason I’m not a fan of it is that the name makes absolutely no sense. The oblique is in your abs. The oblique kick is with the bottom of your foot smashing into another person’s knee, so I think it should be called the knee smasher or something. I just think it’s a shitty way to go into a fight. You’re throwing that kick simply to destroy a guy’s knee. I’m not a fan of trying to injure somebody for a long period of time. Maybe it’s because I had two knee surgeries in the past, but I think it’s a chicken-shit move. It shows absolutely no heart, or courage, or technique. It’s just a douchebag move and I don’t like it.

The MMA Corner: You’re a frequent training partner of Nick Diaz and helped him train for his fight against Anderson Silva. Do you approach training differently when you are going into camp as a sparring partner for someone else as opposed to training for your own fight?

Schilling: Going into a fight camp for myself, I’m just doing basically what I would do as a coach, but for myself. I’m studying my opponent as opposed to Nick’s opponent. I’m looking at my strength and weaknesses as opposed to Nick’s strength and weaknesses. It’s really not that much different for me. You still have the same time frame you are looking at. You still have the same goals that you’re setting and want to hit as far as being ready and in shape. It’s not that much different other than it’s me doing the work this time.

The MMA Corner: So what are your goals in combat sports? Do you want another Glory title or a Bellator belt?

Schilling: That Bellator title is something that I’m interested in and I’ve always had a fondness for finals belts. I don’t really have any set goals that I want to hit before I retire. My thought on retirement is that I’m going to do this for as long as I can until I can’t do it anymore. My immediate goal is to go undefeated in 2015 in both sports. To be honest with you, my goal is to have a Ferrari, to be fucking rich and to set my children up with the best things that I can possibly do. Fighting is something I’ve been good as since a kid and it’s starting to pay off financially. I’m starting realize that it was a pretty good decision I made 18 years ago.

The MMA Corner: Do you have any favorite fight films that inspired you growing up?

Schilling: In the first “Kickboxer” movie, there are a couple scenes when like Van Damme was moving up the rankings before he got to Tong Po (Michel Qissi), and they showed clips of Bangkok, Thailand when they were fighting with red and blue shorts on that said, “Muay Thai.” That was when I realized this was an actual sport, the real thing. The rest of the movie is kind of silly, but that was definitely a big part of my childhood. I’ve seen every Van Damme movie when I was a kid.

The MMA Corner: Looking back on your career, is there any advice you wish you had when you started out?

Schilling: I wish I had started taking jiu-jitsu and wrestling when I started kickboxing. I would have done both and it would have definitely had paid off. I would just tell myself that I was on the right track, to keep doing what I was doing and to stay focus. There was definitely a lot of times when I was the only person that believed in me and there were a lot of moments when I even doubted myself. Having gotten to where I gotten to now, I would have reassured myself that if I keep working hard and keep doing it that it would pay off eventually.

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Matt Juul is loving college life as he pursues a career in journalism and cinema. A writer and pop culture fanatic, his interests and expertise range from arts and entertainment to the rough and tough world of mixed martial arts. Matt’s work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Boston.com, Bleacher Report, Fox Sports, and the New Haven Register.