Fans that were looking forward to seeing “Fight Master” coach Joe Warren throw down at Bellator 98 tomorrow night will have to wait, as the promotion has announced that the former featherweight champ hasn’t been cleared to compete.
According to a press release sent out by Bellator, the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation decided that Warren was ineligible to fight after reviewing his “medical documentation.” Warren had been scheduled to face Nick Kirk in a bantamweight tourney semifinal. No specific details as to why Warren wasn’t cleared to fight was included. As a result of the commission’s decision the bout has been postponed. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was quoted saying in the release:
“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. 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% healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage.”
Warren hasn’t competed since November, 2012, when the decorated wrestler scored a unanimous decision win over Owen Evinger at Bellator 80. The 36 year-old is 3-2 in his last five bouts.
So, Bellator has decided to move a lightweight scrap between Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Derek Anderson into the main card, which will be broadcast on SPIKE.
Here is the updated line-up for Bellator 98, which will be hosted by the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (47-7) vs. Brett Cooper (19-8)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Torrey (9-0) vs. Andreas Spang (8-3)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jeremy Kimball (10-3) vs. Perry Filkins (7-1)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brian Rogers (10-5) vs. Mikkel Parlo (9-1)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher (6-0) vs. Giva Santana (18-2)
Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson (9-0) vs. Patricky Pitbull (10-4)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader (5-5) vs. Mike Mucitelli (5-0)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Dave Vitkay (12-12) vs. Brennan Ward (5-1)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Andrew Calandrelli (6-3) vs. Ryan Quinn (7-4-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Nick Piedmont (8-3-1) vs. Matt Bessette (11-4)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Glenn Allair (3-1) vs. Rico Disciullo (Debut)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman (12-5) vs. Parker Porter (5-3)