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Luke Rockhold vs. Joe Schilling Karate Combat 45 Breakdown

Karate Combat 45 Luke Rockhold vs Joe

The main event of Karate Combat 45 will see former UFC champion Luke Rockhold will take on former GLORY Kickboxing champion Joe Schilling live from Dubai on April 20.

Luke Rockhold vs. Joe Schilling

The US-born Joe Schilling is a hard-hitting knockout striker. Across multiple sports, “Stitch ’em Up” has earned knockout victories at the professional level; from MMA and boxing to his base in Muay Thai and kickboxing. Schilling has earned gold in kickboxing and WBC Muay Thai.

The 39-year-old Luke Rockhold has held titles in MMA under the Strikeforce and UFC banners. During his prime years, he was celebrated for his impressive kicking talents combined with his dangerous submissions. In his career, he was able to defeat major names such as Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, and others.

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Schilling is well known for his aggression and power in the ring, which should translate well to the pit at Karate Combat 45. His game was based on applying constant pressure against his opponents and then mixing punching combinations and kicks. Schilling made sure that his opponents were never comfortable.

The central aim of Schilling’s game was to set up his rear crosses and rear hooks. These punches had thunderous power. With his hands, he has won by way of KO/TKO in 16 of his professional fights. However, he has not been active since 2021, and has not fought in kickboxing since 2017.

Luke Rockhold was a grappler / striker in MMA who had impressive speed in his kicks and punches. He was able to mix high and low with his hands and then could finish opponents with his slick submission game. His body kick and question mark kick are textbook perfect. Rockhold is coming off of a BKFC loss against Mike Perry in which he got his teeth knocked out.

At Karate Combat 45, it will be an interesting clash of styles. The slick puncher and kicker against the aggressive power striker. And with the unique ruleset, Rockhold might find himself with an advantage as he is allowed to use takedown and ground and pound in this match, Karate Combat way. He will need to be careful, as Schilling only needs one punch to finish the fight. Additionally, Schilling is strong in the clinch with his Muay Thai background.

On April 20, at Karate Combat 45, Rockhold and Schilling will throw down in the pit. In this don’t-blink fight, any punch or kick could potentially end the match.


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Timothy Wheaton is a combat sports writer who covers MMA, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai. He has been an avid follower of these sports since 2005. Tim has also covered the UFC, Bellator and GLORY Kickboxing events live and in-person.

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