Decorated freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestle Joe Warren is a former Bellator champion as well as coach on the inaugural season of Fight Master. Warren began his MMA career in March of 2009 with a TKO victory over Chase Beebe at Dream 7 in Saitama, Japan. The bout was the opening round of the 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix. In the quarterfinal round, Warren took a split decision victory off of Norifumi Yamamoto. He then lost his semifinal bout to Bibiano Fernandes via armbar in the first round. After fighting 3 times in his first year, Warren opened up his 2010 with an entry into Bellator’s Season 2 Featherweight tournament.
Warren defeated Eric Marriot via unanimous decision in the quarterfinal bout on Apr 8, 2010. One month later he defeated Georgi Karakhanyan in the semifinal round via unanimous decision.6 weeks later, Warren won the featherweight tournament with a split decision win over Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. After securing the 100,000 payday and the guaranteed title shot, Warren faced Joe Soto on September 2nd, 2010 for the Featherweight title. He won the belt via second round knockout.
In April of 2011, 1 year after entering the Bellator tournament, he faced Marcos Galvao in a catchweight bout at 137 lbs. He brought home a unanimous decision win. Testing the waters of a new weight class, Joe Warren entered the Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament before being knocked out in the first round by Alexis Vila. Warren’s next bout, his first defense of the title, saw him knocked out for the second straight time by Pat Curran, the current Bellator Featherweight champion. Warren brought his record up to 8-3 with a unanimous decision win over Owen Evinger at Bellator 80.
Warren recently competed as a coach on the Spike TV series “Fight Master”. He was able to lead one fighter to the semi-finals but lost his hopes of winning the show when Evan Cutts lost at the hands of Joe “Diesel” Riggs. Warren, the head coach of Team Rhino Sports, was joined in the losers’ circle by Frank Shamrock of Shamrock MMA. Contestants from Greg Jackson’s camp and Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture are still alive in the contest. On Friday, September 27th, Joe Warren will once again try his hand at the Bantamweight 135lbs class in the opening round of Bellator’s tournament. He is expected to face the 10-2 Nick “The Big Hurt” Kirk. Kirk is 3-2 in his last 5.