(It’s safe to say that it can’t end any worse than the first time.)
Over the past two years, Joe Warren has gone from a tough-nosed underdog to an unexpected/abrasively arrogant champion to the poster child for what not to do if you ever become an MMA champion. His strategy of trying to win two belts before he could defend one (also known as Hendo-ing) backfired in epic fashion to say the least, resulting in a pair of brutal knockout losses to Alexis Villa and Pat Curran, the latter of which cost him the title he had actually earned. Not only were these losses thoroughly embarrassing for his “Baddest Man on the Planet” shtick, but the damage resulting from them will likely challenge his mental stability down the line if you know what we are saying. The fact that he obtained the featherweight title in the fashion he did — getting absolutely dominated only to score a flukish comeback thereafter — only led people to further question his decision to drop down a weight class in hindsight.
Unfortunately for Joe, his combination of bad decision making and bad luck left him with nowhere to go other than back down to bantamweight for his next fight at Bellator 80, which goes down on November 9th. Fortunately for Joe, the matchmakers at Bellator or going to give him a much easier opponent this time around.
No, not the guy in the screenshot. We can see how that could be confusing.
To be fair, Owen “Country Boy” Evinger and Warren do have the same record. To be completely unfair, Evinger is 1-3 in his last 4 and has dropped two of those fights in Bellator to much lesser fighters than Joe Warren. He also lost his last fight by first round armbar to someone who does not have a winning record. We’re not saying Evinger is being brought in to lose here, but….actually that’s exactly what we’re saying. For God’s sake, he’s facing a former self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” here, and we all know the weight a title like that carries.
Best of luck to ya, Owen. We’ll be waiting for you at the bar with a round of shots ready just in case. Same goes for you, Joe.