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Joe Warren vs. Joe Soto Featherweight Title Fight Slated for Bellator 27 in San Antonio; Season 3 Shaping Up


(In case you forgot who Joe Soto is, here’s his beatdown of Yahir Reyes from the featherweight finals at Bellator 10.)

Not counting their impending battle in a court of law, Bellator’s third season will be packed with compelling matchups. The tournament-based fight club announced today that season 2 featherweight winner Joe Warren will challenge for Joe Soto‘s belt at Bellator 27 (September 2nd at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio). Soto ran through Bellator’s inaugural 145-pound tourney last year, and most recently scored a TKO over Diego Saraiva in a non-title bout at Bellator 19, bringing his unblemished record to 9-0.

For its upcoming season, Bellator is focusing on big men, tiny women, and exiled UFC talent. Here’s a rundown of the notable matches that have been reportedly booked so far…


Bellator 24: August 12, 2010; Hollywood, Florida
Hector Lombard vs. Herbert Goodman (MW, non-title fight)
Eddie Sanchez vs. Neil Grove (HW tourney, opening round)
Megumi Fujii vs. Angela Magana (women’s 115-pound tourney, opening round)
– Jessica Aguilar vs. Lynn Alvarez (women’s 115-pound tourney, opening round)
Yves Edwards vs. Luis Palomino (LW, non-tourney)

Bellator 25: August 19, 2010; Chicago, Illinois
– Damian Grabowski vs. Scott Barrett (HW tourney, opening round)
Cole Konrad vs. Rogent Lloret (HW tourney, opening round)
Jessica Pene vs. Zoila Frausto (women’s 115-pound tourney, opening round)
Brad Blackburn vs. Dan Hornbuckle (WW, non-tourney)
Shonie Carter vs. Torrance Taylor (WW, non-tourney)
– Brian Gassaway vs. Kevin Knabjian(WW, non-tourney)

Bellator 26: August 26, 2010; Kansas City, Missouri
Mike Hayes vs. Hae Joon Yang (HW tourney, opening round)
– Aisling Daly vs. Lisa Ward (women’s 115-pound tourney, opening round)

Bellator 27: September 2, 2010; San Antonio, Texas

– Joe Soto vs. Joe Warren (for FW championship)

Bellator 28: September 9, 2010; New Orleans, Louisiana
Rich Clementi vs. Carey Vanier (WW, non-tourney)
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Alvin Robinson (FW, non-tourney)

Bellator 29: September 16, 2010; Location TBA
No matches scheduled yet.

Bellator 30: September 23, 2010; Location TBA
Jeremy Horn vs. Bryan Baker (MW, non-tourney)

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Ballkick- July 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm
Face like a "boiled owl"

Conjures up an immediate image that causes most people to give pause, have got ten lots of laughs with that one I must say.
Omelette Platter- July 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm
@ballkick: "face like a boiled owl" has been added to my top-shelf insults, and i award you many internets. although i'm suspicious of this system of picking the better looking fighter; on the surface, it would seem that mean she's been hit less. looking deeper, it may also mean she trains less. as proof of this, i offer you cyborg.

when did the ufc cut 'no love'? have i been asleep?
danomite- July 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm
hahahahaha. nobody's posting anything on this article cause we're all doing gay/boring/gangster jokes on the one before it. this might be the lowest amount of responses to an article you've had in at least a year ben.
Ballkick- July 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Angela Magana. Record, 8 - 4 - 0 vs Megumi Fujii 20-0.......I'll take Megumi in this one,...by sub.

Jessica Aguilar 8 - 3 - 0 vs. Lynn Alvarez 5-1-0, Jessica Has more experience and is much more pleasing to the eye's,.....Lynn has a face like a boiled owl....I'll pick The Jag to win. As much on looks as her record.

Jessica Pene 7-0 vs. Zoila Frausto 7-1 Nice match up record wise,...but My sexist side goes with Jessica.... as Zoila has a face like Lynn Alvarez. Unprepossessing.

Aisling Daly 9-0 vs. Lisa Ward 13 - 5,...Lisa has more cage time and is the better looking of the two,....Aisling is also an Irish Ginger. -2...lol....jk

Putting all the crap about looks aside I would still make the same picks
ReX13- July 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm
2DaDeath >> Pene has some impressive striking herself, and Frausto's ground game does not exist. Frausto's advantage in that fight will be size.
2DaDeath- July 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Wow. Jessica Pene is fighting Zoila Frausto. So, i guess someone's gonna be on the recieving end of a highlight ko reel.

Or maybe she'll make a name for herself.
ReX13- July 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm
Jessica Pene has a profile too, but it's not funny yet. Tonya Evinger is pretty funny though.
Nealio- July 30, 2010 at 11:57 am
UFC owns Bellator, and I hear they are canceling all the fights
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