Former featherweight champion Joe Warren is ready to step back inside of the Bellator cage, but rather than compete at 145 pounds he is going to once again make a run at bantamweight.
Warren, who dropped the Bellator Featherweight title to Pat Curran back in March, had previously fought at 135 in the Bellator’s fifth season bantamweight tournament. He would go on to lose to Alexis Vila by first-round knockout. Vila would lose in the semifinals to Marcos Galvão, who Warren had defeated in a catch weight bout back at Bellator 41.
In an interview with MMAJunkie.com, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said he couldn’t argue with Warren’s decision to go back to bantamweight.
“With a guy with that kind of heart, I can’t at this point say to him, ‘No, I’m not going to give you another shot.’ He’s been awesome, and he’s a warrior, so you give him another shot and we’ll see. Hopefully he can turn it around and the outcome isn’t what it’s been the last couple.”
Warren has fought all but one match at featherweight and has had a lot of success. In addition to being a former Bellator champ, Warren was a semifinalist in Dream’s 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix.
In the first-round of the tournament he defeated former WEC champ Chase Bebee. He went on to defeat Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto in the second round before losing to Bibiano Fernandes in the semifinals.
However some featherweight fighters like Fernandes and current UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz have dropped to bantamweight and have had great success.
With Warren’s history in featherweight, I think he should at least one more fight at 145 before making the permanent drop to bantamweight. Still by dropping to his natural weight of 135, Warren may earn his way to another shot at Bellator gold.
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