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Joe Warren withdraws name from DREAM 16 event

Bellator Fighting Championships’ featherweight champ Joe Warren, rumored to be fighting Michihiro Omigawa on September 25th at DREAM 16, will no longer be competing on the card but still hopes to see action again at least one time before year’s end.

Had the bout taken place it would have been Warren’s second in September. The highly respected Greco-Roman wrestler’s exciting comeback win over Bellator’s former featherweight title-holder, Joe Soto, occurred on September 2nd and was his fourth fight of 2010.

Warren’s decision to ultimately decline the opportunity offered to fight Omigawa in Japan was related to an inability to come to terms with the company, as he explained in a conversation with Sherdog.

“It just didn’t work out very well,” said Warren. “We didn’t come to an agreement, and it didn’t look like it was the best opportunity for me at that time. I thought it was, but it just isn’t going to go down.”

However, just because the one-time Michigan Wolverine won’t be stepping into a Japanese ring on September 25th doesn’t mean he isn’t training to scrap again at some point in the immediate future. When asked about his upcoming plans, Warren replied, “I need to keep fighting and keep getting better. I probably won’t fight until November or December, so that will give me two months to get ready, and the best way to learn how to fight is by fighting. I’m still young, still healthy and injury-free.”

Warren is 6-1 with his only loss coming to Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes last October at DREAM 11 during the promotion’s featherweight grand prix. He has won all four of his fights since the defeat.

DREAM 16 will emanate from the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. Among the bouts currently listed on the card, Jason “Mayhem” Miller will battle legend-of-the-ring-and-entrance Kazushi Sakuraba, while submission ace Shinya Aoki is slated to face BJJ blackbelt Marcus Aurelio. Additionally, Gegard Mousasi and Joachim Hansen are scheduled to be in action.

  • Dufresne says:

    4 fights in one year is a pretty solid number for anyone, especially a champion of one of the bigger organizations. 2 in one month is just about unheard of.

    I’m happy that the reason that he pulled out isn’t due to an injury as I think he’s got a significant amount of talent and as young as he is, he should have a pretty decent career ahead of him.

    I would love to see him fight again this year, but I really wouldn’t be disappointed to see him push it back till early next year, or even into the March/April time-frame.

  • Rece Rock says:

    He was worried about his paycheck getting lost in the mail……..

  • cutman says:

    I am a huge Warren fan…Rece that’s funny…I hope he fights for Bellator again this year also. Cant wait for the Milwaukee show this week. I think the hw guys will putting it on the line…

  • Angry Mike says:

    I’ll throw this question out to any fighters out there. Would Warren have been medically cleared to fight in this one after the Soto fight? Soto lit him up like a Christmas tree with one shot to the head after another for the first round. Wouldn’t he have a doctor suspension for a month or so after that fight?

  • Dufresne says:

    Angry Mike, I was wondering that as well. The only thing I can think is that because Bellator was in the USA and DREAM 16 is in Japan, they were just planning on ignoring any suspension a US doctor issued.


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