Joe Warren defeats Joe Soto to become the new Bellator Featherweight ChampionPosted on September 3, 2010, 09:05 AM by Anton Gurevich
World Wrestling Champion Joe Warren has captured the first title of his career by defeating Joe Soto, in what was probably one of the biggest comebacks in Mixed Martial Arts history. Soto dominated Warren on his feet during the First Round, rocking the Team Quest prodigy on several occasions. But immediately after the start of the Second Round it was all Joe Warren. In a 33-second blitz, Warren delivered a series of powerful punches and one vicious knee, which sent the previously undefeated Champ with his face down to the canvas.
Joe Warren improves his Mixed Martial Arts record to 6-1, with his only loss coming from the hands of the Dream Featherweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes. Warren will square off this month against the Japanese veteran Michihiro Omigawa, at the stacked Dream.16 event on September 25th.
Full Bellator 27 Results:
Bantamweight Quarterfinal: Travis Reddinger vs. Ulysses Gomez
Gomez defeated Reddinger via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
Bantamweight Quarterfinal: Zach Makovsky vs. Nick Mamalis
Makovsky defeated Mamalis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bantamweight Quarterfinal: Ed West vs. Bryan Goldsby
West defeated Goldsby via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Middleweight bout: Andrew Craig vs. Rodrigo Pinheiro
Craig defeated Pinheiro via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 2:53 of round 3.
Lightweight bout: Aaron Barringer vs. Gilbert Jimenez
Jimenez defeated Barringer via unanimous decision.
Heavyweight bout: Dale Mitchell vs. Richard Odoms
Odoms defeated Mitchell via split decision.
Welterweight bout: Joe Christopher vs. Andrew Chappelle
Chappelle defeated Christopher via unanimous decision.
Light Heavyweight bout: Jon Kirk vs. Shane Faulkner
Kirk defeated Faulkner via TKO (punches) at 2:19 of round 3.
Featherweight bout: Steven Peterson vs. Ernest De La Cruz
Peterson defeated De La Cruz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)