Joe Warren was a week out from his Bellator Season 9 Bantamweight Tournament bout with Nick Kirk and he was already in the process of traveling to the event when he got the call. The Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations had determined that Warren was knocked out during his training camp and therefore would not be permitted to fight. Warren was forced to return home and get a battery of expensive tests to prove what ended up being a mistake by the commission doctors. In a recent interview, Warren spoke about the ordeal, the confusion and how Bellator stepped up to help with the bills that had piled up.
Warren told MMAFighting:
“I was never knocked out at all. This whole camp has been structured around me not getting hurt, me not taking any punishment, me slipping punches, making sure that I’m not in any danger. I’m the safest athlete I’ve ever been.”
“They were telling me that I had a stroke. That I was never fighting again, It was crazy.”
“It was all a mistake. We had three different doctors reading the image wrong from thousands of miles away. My coach and everyone were so upset. We’ve been doing everything humanely possible to get ready for this fight, and then this happens. Then they won’t even tell me why.”
“It cost me so much money that Bellator stepped in and took over the bills, all the MRI bills and everything.”
“This is a very unpredictable sport. A lot of s–t happens in it, so I just roll with the punches, pretty much. Try to stay positive.”
“My main concern is to win this tournament championship, and the first step is to get through this Nick Kirk, to get to that first round and just get this fight started. I’m real excited that I’m here. It’s actually going to happen.”
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