Sources: Warren to Enter Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Draw
It appears the self-professed “baddest man on the planet” is not
content to hold just one world title.
Bellator Fighting Championships featherweight king Joe Warren
(Pictured) announced Saturday at
Bellator 37 that he will enter the promotion's Season 5
bantamweight tournament. Sherdog.com confirmed the announcement
with Bellator officials shortly after Warren's statement on the
Before he enters the upcoming 135-pound draw, however, Warren must
first square off with Brazilian Marcoes Galvao in a 137-pound
catchweight contest in April and then defend his featherweight belt
against the winner of the ongoing Season 4 tournament. The
promotion has not yet made any official announcements regarding the
Season 5 bantamweight draw.
A Greco-Roman specialist, Warren is known for his determination and
grappling prowess. The fighter, who has espoused numerous times his
desire to compete in the 2012 Olympics, won Bellator's
second-season featherweight tournament by earning wins over
Karakhanyan and Patricio
Freire in 2010. Warren then earned the 145-pound strap by
besting reigning king Joe Soto with a
come-from-behind knockout in the second round of their Bellator 27
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