Marcos Galvao (left) appeared to take rounds one and two from Joe Warren. | Photo: Dave Mandel
Joe Warren’s unanimous decision win over Marcos Galvao had fans and pundits shouting “robbery” as soon as the judges’ scorecards were read, but the Bellator featherweight champion made no apologies for his controversial victory on Saturday night.
“What can I say? There’s a war every time I hit that cage,” Warren said at the Bellator 41 post-fight press conference. “I’m a warrior. I pull wins out, and I guarantee I’ll keep getting better.”
Warren and Galvao battled for three rounds inside the Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Ariz., with Galvao using his black belt-level Brazilian jiu-jitsu and diverse striking to stifle Warren’s wrestling attack through the first two rounds. Warren’s tenacious takedown attempts yielded results in the third, when he managed to pin Galvao down and mash from top control. Judge Chuck Wolf somehow saw fit to grant Warren all three rounds and a 30-27 scorecard, while judges Henry Gueary and Brooks Mason returned slightly more understandable 29-28 verdicts in Warren’s favor.
While Warren praised Galvao for his toughness afterward, the 34-year-old Greco-Roman specialist did not go into detail on how or if he felt that he earned the decision. Instead, the self-proclaimed “baddest man on the planet” focused his attention on his future, both in MMA and wrestling.
“We’re training right now for the Olympics, training for the [Bellator Season 5 bantamweight] tournament. It’s one thing at a time. First things first, we’re gonna defend the belt against one of these bad-asses right here,” Warren said, motioning to featherweight finalists Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus. “After I beat them, I’ll move on to the 135 tournament, then we’ll move on to the Olympics. We’re goal orientated up here.”
Galvao seemed similarly disinterested in focusing on his hard luck, but offered a glimpse down a path which could lead to a future rematch with Warren. The Nova UniÃ£o product expressed his desire to compete for the promotion again, something which Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated was likely to happen “in short order” at either 135 or 145 pounds.
“Even though tonight didn’t end the way I wanted it to end, I’m gonna be back in September, hopefully, in [the bantamweight] tournament,” said Galvao. “I’m just gonna come back stronger than ever.”