Here is what Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney had to say about the signing:
We are very excited about this signing and being the MMA organization that brought Joe back to the states. Joe has the ability, drive, confidence and personality to become a star in our sport. His first two wins would make a good career for most fighters, and, as his stand-up continues developing, the sky is the limit.
Warren who is a very decorated wrestler and a former All-American at the University of Michigan bring a great wrestling pedigree into the sport of MMA. At 33-years old Warren has a late start in his career, but that does not bother Warren.
My hands are getting quicker, I’m seeing the openings quicker … I’m just getting better every single day. I’m already 1,000 times better than I was in my last fight. With my style and my experience and my never-lose, never-die attitude, it’s gonna be really exciting for Bellator and for everyone who’ll be watching on TV.
Warren defeated former WEC champion Chase Bebee and Japanese star Kid Yamamoto under the DREAM baner. However, Warren suffered a loss in that tournament to eventual champion Bibiano Fernandes. Now training at Team Quest Warren will seek to become a force in the world’s featherweight division and may be many people’s early favorite to win the Bellator Season 2 featherweight tournament.
The DREAM featherweight tournament is really shaping up nicely as they have added Bao Quach, undefeated Canadian Will Romero, top Euro prospect Georgi Karakhanyan and Brazilian up and comer Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. This tournament is going to be a great test for all these guys and a star will emerge to potentially take Joe Soto’s belt.