Joe Warren, the former Bellator featherweight champion, was declared ineligible to fight for the promotion this Saturday at Mohegan Sun.
Bellator announced the decision by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation on Friday morning. No specific reason was given.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully reviewing Joe’s medical documents, everyone agreed to err on the side of caution with the goal of ensuring our fighters safety," Bellator chairman Bjorn Rebney said. "It was determined Joe would be unable to compete this Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Joe’s been with us since the beginning and as is the case with every fighter here, it’s incumbent on me to ensure Joe is 100 percent healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage.”
Warren (8-3) was scheduled to fight Nick Kirk in the bantamweight tournament semifinals. The fight has been replaced on Spike's 8 p.m. broadcast by lightweights Patricky Pitbull vs. Derek Anderson.
Warren, 36, has been a coach on Bellator's first season of "Fight Master," a reality fighting competition series on Spike. He last fought on Nov. 9, 2012 at Bellator 80, beating Owen Evinger by unanimous decision.
But it was title defense against Pat Curran on March 9, 2012, that most people remember. Warren was knocked out 1:25 into the third round after taking an extreme amount of punishment.
The entire fight video is embedded below. The really excessive part kicks in around the 17-minute mark.