Kato, who had never fought outside the Heat promotion prior to his Bellator debut, not only knocked out the favored Schilling, but did so in spectacular fashion via a Superman punch.
“I had a big knockout, but it was more than I was expecting,” Kato told MMAWeekly.com. “I was looking for a KO, but not like that, so I’m really happy.”
The punch was something Kato had anticipated he could land if he set up his opponent properly.
“Actually, I’ve been training for this move,” Hisaki said. I don’t know if you can see it on the video, but I know if I did a low kick feint, Joe Schilling (would focus on it). That’s why he didn’t move or step back and lowered his guard. It is something I had in my head from the beginning.”
Kato’s five wins and one loss have all come by TKO or KO, which is exactly as he’s wanted it to be.
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“My heroes, all the people I wanted to be the same as, they were throwing big punches and winning by knockout,” said Kato. “For me to be a great fighter means to be able to knock a fighter out.”
Having garnished quite a bit of attention with his highlight reel victory, Kato could have a lot of opportunities open to him in the future, but for now he’s just focusing on improving himself and taking things as they come.
“I’ve said this before, but I’m not thinking about the long-term career. I’m just enjoying fighting and am trying to be a good martial artist,” said Kato. “I don’t have a long-term career plan, but I’m just taking it one fight a time.
“I’m sure people were thinking for a quick win from Joe Schilling, but it didn’t happen, and maybe now I have new fans and they can believe in me. I have more inside me and I’m ready to fight and I’m happy to fight for Bellator again.”