On Friday night, former Bellator champion Joe Warren will try to win his third championship for the promotion as he faces bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas in the main event of Bellator 166. Warren burst onto the scene in 2009. In his first professional fight, he defeated former WEC champion Chase Beebe and then bested Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. After winning the season-two Bellator featherweight tournament, he scored a come-from-behind knockout over Joe Soto to claim the promotion’s featherweight championship. Nearly two years later, he dropped the belt as he was knocked out by Pat Curran. Following that fight, Warren moved down to bantamweight and defeated Dantas for the title. However, since his title win, he has gone 2-2 with victories over L.C Davis and Sirwan Kakai and losses coming against Marcos Galvao and Darrion Caldwell.
Warren is currently the #16 bantamweight. His peak ranking came on 1/1/2011 as he reached the #3 featherweight. Warren’s high from a ranking points perspective came on 1/1/2015 following his upset victory over Dantas.