Joe Warren turned from Olympic-caliber wrestler to professional mixed martial artist in 2009. The self proclaimed "baddest man on the planet" made an immediate impact in MMA, debuting in Japan and beating former WEC champion Chase Beebe and scoring a huge upset of "Kid" Yamamoto in his first two fights. After entering and winning the Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament, Warren earned a title shot against reigning champ Joe Soto.
The title fight was historic, as it was the first title defense in Bellator history. After getting dominated in the first round, Warren impressively fought back and cracked Soto with a vicious combination of punches and knees forcing a second-round stoppage.
After winning the title, Warren experimented with a drop down to 135 pounds. Following a 1-1 at bantamweight, he moved back up to his championship weight and makes his first title defense against Pat Curran at Bellator 60.
Record: 7 - 3 - 0 (2 KOs))
Championships and Accolates:
Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Champion
Bellator World Featherweight Champion
NCAA Division 1 All-American (2000)
USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year (2006)
Fight Matrix MMA Rookie of the Year (2008)