WarrenKidYamamoto559Dream9Heading into his scheduled fight earlier this month against Nick Kirk in the semifinals of the Bellator bantamweight tournament on Sept. 7, Joe Warren’s path took an unexpected turn.

Literally on his way to catch his airplane to fly to the event in Connecticut, Warren was told the fight was in jeopardy due to an issue with his pre-fight medical exam. What ensued was a series of events that ultimately culminated in his bout with Kirk being rescheduled for this Friday’s Bellator event in Portland, Ore.

“What it was, there were abnormalities in the images, they weren’t all printing the same,” said Warren. “I had to have another MRI and Bellator wouldn’t let me back in there until everyone signed off.

“It was like three or four doctors that had to sign off, which three of them did, and Connecticut just took a little longer, but they did sign off on it. I’m completely fine, nothing is wrong with me, so I’m thankful for it.”

During the time in which it took for Warren to be cleared to fight, he heard opinions ranging from he’d be cleared to it might be that he’d never fight again. When looking back on the experience, Warren told MMAWeekly.com that it was nothing but extremes from one day to the next.

“Every day it was something different,” he said. “One doctor saw this; one doctor saw that. It was just a freak of nature. It was like a needle in a haystack.

“It was ups and downs. I was ready to fight and everything gets turned around. So for everyone to tell me that, it was just a rollercoster for me and my family for a while.”

Now that he’s cleared and 100-percent ready to go, Warren (8-3) is focused on making his return to fighting after 10 months off against up-and-comer Nick Kirk (10-2).

“He’s a pretty talented fighter, but I believe he’s just a body that’s in front me to put a hole through in the Bellator cage,” said Warren of Kirk.

“It will give me an opportunity at the next round of the tournament. It’s one step at a time and he’s my first step. I think I’m going to put a little violence in his face and beat the crap out of him.”

When asked if this tournament was an all or nothing proposition for Warren, he admitted this could very well be his last opportunity, so he was going to make the absolute most of it.

“I think it’s everything or nothing at every point for me,” he said. “That’s how I lived my life with fighting and wrestling. I put everything into it.

“I’m not the young buck anymore coming up. I’m the older guy, and so let’s be realistic. I’m 37, so I’m not going to have many more chances to run for a belt. So this is one that I’m not going to let slip past me.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC on Fox 15 results: Max Holloway submits Cub Swanson late

  • 17 days ago
  • 11 views

Max Holloway put on his best UFC performance to date against his toughest opponent, forcing Cub Swanson to submit late in their UFC on Fox 15 featherweight bout. Max Holloway gets better and better e read news >>

UFC on FOX 15 results: Aljamain Sterling shows off squeeze, submits Takeya Mizugaki

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

Aljamain Sterling put the pressure on Takeya Mizugaki early and never took it off throughout nearly three full rounds of action.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Coach: Jon Jones is still a white belt in jiu jitsu because he needs to 'put in work'

  • 19 days ago
  • 53 views

Jon Jones' jiu jitsu coach says the light heavyweight champion is still a white belt, and he's not going to get promoted just because he's a UFC star. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has sub read news >>

Video: Ronda Rousey destroys heavy bag, puts 'Instagram coaches' on blast for UFC 190

  • 20 days ago
  • 109 views

Calling all Instagram coaches! Ronda Rousey wants to put your skills to the test to see if you can figure out exactly why the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion is goi read news >>

Conor McGregor: If I fought Floyd Mayweather 'I would kill him in less than 30 seconds'

  • 20 days ago
  • 636 views

Conor McGregor says that if he's put in a fight against Floyd Mayweather, he would 'kill him in less than 30 seconds' UFC star Conor McGregor has a prominent feature on the May 2015 issue of Esquire, read news >>

Manny Pacquiao media day workout video

  • 21 days ago
  • 46 views

Watch Manny Pacquiao media day workout video to see the WBO welterweight champion put on a show in Hollywood, Calif. before his showdown with Floyd Mayweather on May 2. The video above is expected to read news >>

Floyd Mayweather media day workout video

  • 22 days ago
  • 14 views

Watch Floyd Mayweather media day workout video to see the WBA, WBC and The Ring welterweight champion put on a show in Las Vegas before his showdown with Manny Pacquiao on May 2. The video above is e read news >>

Video: Ahead of WSOF 20, Ali Abdelaziz relives the insanity behind recent success

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

Two weeks ago, WSOF put on what is widely considered to be the promotion’s best card to date, but the event was nearly an absolute disaster.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Videos, WSOF read news >>

Jan Blachowicz: Right Where He Belongs

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Jan Blachowicz's quick TKO of Ilir Latifi in UFC debut immediately put him on the map, and also landed him a co-main event slot against Jimi Manuwa in the UFC’s first Polish show this Saturday. read news >>