Joe Warren's Blogs

  • Podcast: Joe Warren, Rob McCullough By: Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned Monday for a new edition of “Beatdown” on the Sherdog Radio Network.

    Bantamweight Joe Warren joined the program to discuss his upcoming bout against Owen Evinger at Bellator 80 on Nov. 9. Later, former WEC champ “Razor” Rob McCullough called in to talk about his anti-bullying campaign which will be seen throughout schools nationwide.

    Check out the show here.

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  • Joe Warren: Fighting Is Scary By: Staff

    Joe Warren, on “The Savage Dog Show,” discussing why he is focused on fighting at the moment but still plans on wrestling in the Olympics:

    “I know how to wrestle. So what I did was put it on the backburner. I don’t know how to fight. I need to focus on this fighting. I need to get my muscle memory and my focus and maybe not be so scared. It’s a scary thing, this fighting. A lot of people, they don’t like to say that, but I’m extremely honest with you guys. It’s not the most calming experience when they lock your ass in the cage … . I needed to focus on getting a little more comfortable. I know that the Olympics is the only thing I haven’t won [in wrestling]. I know that if I do not make this team, I am going to retire and focus everything I have on MMA, but it’s a dream of mine. It’s the one thing I did not win and it’s right there at my fingertips. I could close it down and not wrestle or I could stay focused and just push hard and see if I make it. If I make this team, I win the Olympics. If I don’t make the team, I’m satisfied with my career.”

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  • Bellator Champ Warren Unfazed by Doubters By: Brian Knapp

    Bellator Fighting Championships featherweight titleholder Joe Warren will defend his crown against Pat Curran in the Bellator 60 main event on Friday in Hammond, Ind., six months after he was on the receiving end of a violent knockout from 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Alexis Vila. The 35-year-old Warren, in an exclusive interview with, said he expected the critics to come out of the woodwork following his Sept. 24 defeat and claimed to be unfazed by those who doubt him:

    “I don’t really pay much attention when I hear people saying things like, ‘He’s done’ after my last fight. I’m used to winning, so I’m used to people talking about me. Plus, I do a lot of talking, so there has to be a lot of people talking about me (laughs). The thing is I’m so young in this sport that I’ve actually been doing most of my learning inside the cage instead of in practice. The people that are out there talking bad about me, I don’t give two s---s about what they have to say. I’m only worried about pushing myself to the limit inside the gym so nobody can hang with me in that cage in the future.”

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  • Podcast: Faber, Warren

    TJ De Santis and Jared Koll filled in Monday for Jeff Sherwood and Greg Savavge for another edition of 'The Savage Dog Show' on The Sherdog Radio Network.

    Urijah Faber called in to discuss the upcoming season of 'The Ultimate Fighter,' where 'The California Kid' will coach against bitter rival, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, leading up to their rubber-match title fight in July.

    Also, Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren called in to discuss his March 9th championship defense against Pat Curran. 'The Baddest Man on the Planet' talked about coming back from a KO loss, his wrestling pedigree, and his aspirations to make the Olympics.

    Check out the show by clicking here.

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  • Joe Warren’s Bellator Blog, Part 2

    Joe Warren faces 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Alexis Vila at Bellator 52. | Photo: Dave Mandel

    Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren ( will blog his thoughts and experiences for as he takes part in Bellator Fighting Championships’ fifth-season bantamweight tournament, which kicks off with Bellator 51 this Saturday, Sept. 10, on MTV2 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

    Friday morning: weigh-in day. I woke up calm after a great nine hours of sleep and focused on the weight cut. Team Warren -- Ryan Tobin, Scott Jorgensen and Mark Montoya -- knocked on the door. We checked my weight and set the game plan for the day. My weight was light, just three pounds over. I felt great. We were off to the sauna. Scotty and Mark sat in the sauna with me while I bounced around talking s--- and staying relaxed. Three sauna stints -- 10, five and five minutes -- followed, and I was on weight easily. I showered and headed back to the hotel.

    Healthy weight cutting is an art developed through years of wrestling. Not a lot of people do it very well. My wife, Christy, coaches me through it, telling me what foods will burn off easily and trying to keep me motivated. She knows the importance of a good weight cut for me.

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  • Joe Warren’s Bellator Blog, Part 1

    Can Joe Warren earn another Bellator title in Season 5? | Photo: Dave Mandel

    Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren ( will blog his thoughts and experiences for as he takes part in Bellator Fighting Championships’ fifth-season bantamweight tournament, which kicks off with Bellator 51 this Saturday, Sept. 10, on MTV2 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

    I have my own room during fight month. I wake up in the basement, look at the treadmill next to my head and feel a violent focus on the job at hand: winning another Bellator belt. My first task is crushing a Cuban named Vila.

    I get out of bed and my focus changes completely. My one-year-old baby girl, Maddox Reese -- named after my best friend in college, Jeff Reese, who died in the sauna next to me -- grins and yells “Daddy!” and clings to my neck. My three-year-old boy Xandr Achilles, named after my wife’s favorite warrior, jumps on me and attempts his version of an armbar.

    My beautiful wife, Christy Cech, prepares breakfast: French toast, oatmeal, and cappuccino while ‘‘Go Diego’’ plays in the background. I have these two hours to spend with the family before hitting the road to Denver. Highway 25 is a challenge in itself.

    When I leave, she smiles, but I see the look in her eye. She will have a tough week alone with our two strong-willed toddlers -- can’t imagine where they get that from -- but she always does what she needs to.

    I will miss them. These mornings with my babies puts the job in perspective -- they motivate my violent intensity; daddy has to get the job done.

    While driving to the Rino Sports Galleri, I visualize lifting that belt over my head, I visualize my strikes landing perfectly, my jiu-jitsu flawless, and being able to taking care of my family for another year. Ten minutes out, music playing, positive attitude, windows down, I start to loosen my hands and my shoulders. I focus on staying positive. The focus is intensity.

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  • Bellator's 5 Greatest Moments By: Jeff Sherwood

    Pat Curran (left) took it to Roger Huerta at Bellator 17. | Photo: Dave Mandel

    Toby Imada vs. Jorge Masvidal
    Bellator 5, May 1, 2009 -- Dayton, Ohio

    What can you say about this? It is the clip that helped put Bellator on the map. It was everywhere.

    With over a million views just on the official Bellator YouTube channel -- not including how many saw it on TV, on another YouTube channel or somewhere else -- word got out about Bellator because of what Imada accomplished. This coming at a time when Bellator was on just their fifth show and people were still skeptical about the tournament format they were running.

    Imada’s inverted triangle, even if it was in a forgettable organization, will go down in history as one of the best submissions in MMA history. Plus, to make things even more story-like, Jorge Masvidal was dominating the fight up until the finish. Imada, a total journeyman until that remarkable victory, told the tale with his face when his hand was being raised in victory.

    Bjorn Rebney calling highlights "Bellator moments" all started with this fight right here.

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  • Warren Expects Rematch with Patricio ‘Pitbull,’ Predicts Win by Choke By: Staff

    Joe Warren (Pictured), on “The Savage Dog Show,” discussing a potential rematch with Patricio “Pitbull” Freire if Freire wins Bellator’s featherweight tournament this season:

    “Two losses he’ll have. Fine with me. … He’s going to be coming real hard this time. I don’t think he got any better from last time, and I got a s--tload better. He’s small. I’ll choke his ass.”

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  • Warren Eyeing Olympics By: Jake Rossen

    Joe Warren file photo | Daniel Herbertson/

    Joe Warren is not put off by a little bluster -- witness his “I am the baddest man on the planet” speech after winning Bellator’s 145-pound tournament -- and so his revelation to that he plans on contending for a medal in the 2012 Olympics should be taken with liberal salt. But can you really find fault with this kind of attitude? Isn’t this what we all want from fighters?

    “I’ll fight February for Bellator, July for Bellator, then enter the 135-pound tournament for Bellator,” Warren told Brian Lopez-Benchimol. “Then I will stop fighting in December of next year and win the Olympics.” Big, deep breath. “I would like to win the gold [medal], win the 135-pound belt, defend my 145-pound belt, and then come win some other belts.”

    Warren first got noticed in May of last year for beating notorious Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto in only his second-ever MMA bout, an upset that made his name overnight; like most Greco and freestyle wrestlers, his body could handle the accelerated learning curve. And while his odds were said to be good for the 2008 Games, a positive test for marijuana put him on the bench.

    If he makes the ’12 Olympic team, he’ll be nearly 36 by the time he gets to London. Not encouraging.

    If he can do it, it’ll be an interesting experiment in how professional MMA fighters measure against athletes devoted to single disciplines. Because Warren is a pro fighter, not a “pro wrestler” in any literal sense, he’ll be allowed to compete even though he’s hardly an amateur. The International Olympic Committee lets pro basketball athletes creep in, but that’s not the case in boxing -- in part because a huge skill disparity could wind up hurting someone. He would be the first athlete to compete after launching an MMA career. It usually works in reverse.

    From a fan’s point of view, there’s little need to validate a fighter’s athleticism; we know it’s there. But for the people who have little conception of MMA, seeing Warren (who would inevitably be branded as a prizefighter on television coverage) excel would be an education. It’s a lot to ask from a guy, but it’s not like he’s lacking in ambition.

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  • Video: Warren Rallies to TKO Soto

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