Joe Warren is ready to fight for the interim Bellator Bantamweight title this weekend at Bellator 118 against fellow tournament winner, Rafael Silva.
Warren was initially set to fight Bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas, but a head injury forced Dantas to withdraw from the bout. Bellator then matched up the two tournament winners against one another for the interim title.
Not only is the title on the line for Warren, but the distinction as the first Bellator fighter to hold belts in two separate divisions hangs in the balance as well.
Warren, the former Featherweight champion, won his first Bellator title back at Bellator 27 against Joe Soto. After losing his belt to Pat Curran three fights later, Warren has won three straight to position himself into the Bantamweight title fight.
This fight will be no walk in the park, however as Warren is taking on a fighter who has not lost since 2011. Rafael Silva is on a 13 fight win streak and is 2-0 in Bellator. Overall, Silva has only tasted defeat three times in his nine year professional career.
With that being said, Warren is undoubtedly Silva’s staunchest test to date with his elite level wrestling and determination to be a champ. Will history be made this Friday night? Tune in to find out.