|Born||Joseph Ryan Warren|
October 31, 1976
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
|Other names||The Baddest Man on the Planet|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Division||Bantamweight (2012-present) |
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Style||Greco-Roman Wrestling, Boxing|
|Fighting out of||Denver, Colorado|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Michigan|
|Notable club(s)||The New York Athletic Club|
|Notable school(s)||East Kentwood High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Men's Greco-Roman wrestling|
|Representing United States|
|Pan American Championships|
|United States Championships|
Joseph Ryan Warren (born October 31, 1976) is an American Greco-Roman wrestler and mixed martial artist who most recently competed for Bellator MMA. In Bellator, Warren became the first fighter in the promotions history to become world champion in 2 divisions, winning the Bellator Featherweight World Championship in 2010 and the Bantamweight World Championship in 2014. As a Greco-Roman wrestler, he won the 2006 Pan American and World Championship and was a favorite for the 2008 Olympics. He later participated in and won the Gold Medal at the 2007 World Cup.
During the end of 2008 Warren started transitioning to mixed martial arts, and on March 8, 2009, he made his professional debut. He has competed for Bellator MMA, and Dream in Japan. He is a former Bellator Bantamweight Champion and former Bellator Featherweight Champion. Warren is currently ranked as the #24 Bantamweight in the world by fightmatrix.com.
Warren practiced freestyle wrestling before switching to Greco-Roman. He began his career at East Kentwood High School where he placed 3 times in Division one with one state championship coming during his senior year and held the national takedown record. He wrestled for the University of Michigan.
He won the 60 kilograms (130 lb) division of men's Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2006 FILA Wrestling World Championships and was a favorite for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Other accomplishments include 6th at the 2000 World University Championship at 63 kilograms (139 lb), 9th at the 2005 FILA Wrestling World Championships, 1st at the 2006 Pan American Championship and 1st at the 2007 World Cup all at 60 kg. In 2007 he missed Pan American Games at Rio de Janeiro because of positive test for cannabis. In 2008 he got 2 years ban from international wrestling competition and missed 2008 Summer Olympics.
Joe Warren started a transition to MMA in 2008 and joined up with Team Quest where he got to train with fellow Greco-Roman wrestler and Pride Fighting Championship Champion Dan Henderson. His MMA debut was on March 8, 2009, at Dream.7, where he defeated former WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe by TKO (doctor stoppage) after the first round due to a cut Beebe received over his right eye. In the second round of the tournament, at Dream.9 on May 26, 2009, he was matched up with and defeated former K-1 Hero's Lightweight Grand Prix Champion, and formerly 17-1,Norifumi Yamamoto in his first fight after a 512-day layoff officially due to elbow and knee injuries. In preparation for the bout Warren trained with former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber and his Team Alpha Male after Faber called Warren and told him he knew how to defeat Yamamoto. Faber had previously prepared Joseph Benavidez to fight Yamamoto in July 2008, but the fight did not happen as Yamamoto pulled out three days before the fight. Warren's fight happened as planned though, and after going the allotted 15 minutes Warren was awarded a split decision victory.
The final two rounds of the tournament took place at Dream 11 which took place on October 6, 2009. In his scheduled semi-final bout Warren fought Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Bibiano Fernandes, where he quickly lost due to a controversial first-round armbar after securing a takedown.
On February 1, 2010, Warren officially announced that he signed with Bellator Fighting Championships, and that he would compete in the Featherweight tournament during Bellator's Season 2.
At Bellator 13, Warren fought in a quarter-final bout against Eric Marriott. Warren dominated the fight with his wrestling and took the fight on all three judges score cards, giving him the unanimous decision win. Warren advanced to the semi-final round where he defeated Georgi Karakhanyan via unanimous decision at Bellator 18.
On June 24, 2010, Warren won the Bellator featherweight tournament by claiming a split-decision over Patricio Freire. Joe was both dropped and caught in a rear-naked choke in the first round. He came back in rounds 2 and 3 by scoring takedowns followed by a ground and pound attack. The official scores were (29-28), (28-29), and (29-28). After the fight, Bellator Fighting Championships Featherweight Champion Joe Soto came into the ring and the two exchanged words, with Warren telling Soto "you've got my belt" and Soto promising to hold onto the title.
The title fight took place on September 2, 2010 at Bellator 27 in the third season of Bellator Fighting Championships. This was Warren's first title shot. Following a dominant opening round by Soto, Warren won the fight via KO (strikes) in the opening minute of the second round to become the new Bellator Featherweight champion.
Warren faced Marcos Galvão in a non-title fight on April 16, 2011 at Bellator 41. In the fight Galvão negated a majority of Warren's offense for the first two rounds by showing strong takedown defense, taking down Warren multiple times, taking Warren's back, and executing good knees from the clinch. In the third round he was taken down by Warren and controlled throughout the round. At the end of the fight, Bellator color commentator, Jimmy Smith, believed Galvão won the fight 29-28. Along with Smith, many top MMA sites, (MMAJunkie, Sherdog, MMAFighting, MMASpot), all believed that Galvão won the fight by 29-28. It was then announced that Warren had won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
In the fall of 2011, Warren was entered the Bellator Season 5 bantamweight tournament. He was hoping to become the promotion's first two division champion. Warren faced fellow amateur wrestling world champion, Alexis Vila, at Bellator 51, in the quarterfinal round of Bellator's season five bantamweight tournament. He lost the fight via KO in the first round.
Joe Warren was set to fight Nick Kirk at Bellator 98 in the semifinal match of Bellator season nine bantamweight tournament, however he was not cleared to fight because he was knocked out in a sparring session prior to the fight. The fight was then rescheduled for Bellator 101 on September 27, 2013. Warren won via submission in the second round.
Warren was scheduled to face Bellator Bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 118. However, on April 26, 2014 it was revealed that Dantas was injured head and withdrew from the fight. Warren was to face Rafael Silva in an Interim Bantamweight title fight. Silva, however, missed weight and the promotion made the interim title available only if Warren were to win. Warren won the fight via unanimous decision to become the Bellator Interim Bantamweight champion.
Warren made his first bantamweight title defense against Marcos Galvão in a rematch on March 27, 2015 at Bellator 135. He lost the fight and the title via verbal submission due to a kneebar in the second round.
Warren next faced undefeated prospect Darrion Caldwell in a title eliminator in the main event at Bellator 151 on March 4, 2016. He lost the fight via technical submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.
After 2 years of inactivity, Bellator MMA announced on October 27, 2020, that Warren had been released from the promotion.
Warren and his wife have a son who was born July 5, 2008 and a girl, Maddox Reese Warren, who was born March 4, 2010. On October 29th 2019 Joe started a Go Fund Me so he can make a run for a return to the mat at the 2020 Olympics, but he did not receive any donations.
|2006 UWW world champion at 60kg|
|Win||7-2||David Bedinadze||1-1, 4-1, 2-1||2006-09-20||2006 World Wrestling Championships||Guangzhou, China||Gold Medal|
|Win||6-2||Eusebiu Diaconu||1-1, 2-1||2006-09-20||2006 World Wrestling Championships||Guangzhou, China|
|Win||5-2||Vyacheslav Djaste||4-1, 2-0||2006-09-20||2006 World Wrestling Championships||Guangzhou, China|
|Win||4-2||Ali Ashkani||2-1, 1-1||2006-09-20||2006 World Wrestling Championships||Guangzhou, China|
|Win||3-2||Dilshod Aripov||2-3, 3-1, 3-1||2006-09-20||2006 World Wrestling Championships||Guangzhou, China|
|2005 UWW world 9th at 60kg|
|Loss||2-2||Vahan Juharyan||0-2, 1-1||2005-09-30||2005 World Wrestling Championships||Budapest, Hungary|
|Loss||2-1||Ali Ashkani||1-2, 0-7||2005-09-30||2005 World Wrestling Championships||Budapest, Hungary|
|Win||2-0||Luis Liendo||9-5, 7-0||2005-09-30||2005 World Wrestling Championships||Budapest, Hungary|
|Win||1-0||Eric Buisson||Fall||2005-09-30||2005 World Wrestling Championships||Budapest, Hungary|
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||15 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||15-8||Shawn Bunch||TKO (submission to punches)||Bellator 210||November 30, 2018||1||1:42||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||15-7||Joe Taimanglo||Decision (split)||Bellator 195||March 2, 2018||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||15-6||Steve Garcia||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 181||July 14, 2017||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||14-6||Eduardo Dantas||Decision (majority)||Bellator 166||December 2, 2016||5||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||For the Bellator Bantamweight World Championship.|
|Win||14-5||Sirwan Kakai||Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 161||September 16, 2016||3||1:04||Cedar Park, Texas, United States|
|Loss||13-5||Darrion Caldwell||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 151||March 4, 2016||1||3:23||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||13-4||L.C. Davis||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 143||September 25, 2015||3||5:00||Hidalgo, Texas, United States|
|Loss||12-4||Marcos Galvão||Verbal Submission (kneebar)||Bellator 135||March 27, 2015||2||0:45||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Lost the Bellator Bantamweight World Championship.|
|Win||12-3||Eduardo Dantas||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 128||October 10, 2014||5||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Won and unified Bellator Bantamweight World Championship.|
|Win||11-3||Rafael Silva||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 118||May 2, 2014||5||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won the Interim Bellator Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||10-3||Travis Marx||TKO (knee and punches)||Bellator 107||November 8, 2013||2||1:54||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Won the Bellator Season 9 Bantamweight Tournament.|
|Win||9-3||Nick Kirk||Submission (reverse triangle armbar)||Bellator 101||September 27, 2013||2||3:03||Portland, Oregon, United States||Bellator Season 9 Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||8-3||Owen Evinger||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 80||November 9, 2012||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Loss||7-3||Pat Curran||KO (punches)||Bellator 60||March 9, 2012||3||1:25||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Return to Featherweight. Lost the Bellator Featherweight World Championship.|
|Loss||7-2||Alexis Vila||KO (punch)||Bellator 51||September 24, 2011||1||1:04||Canton, Ohio, United States||Bantamweight debut. Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||7-1||Marcos Galvão||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 41||April 16, 2011||3||5:00||Yuma, Arizona, United States||Catchweight (137 lbs) bout.|
|Win||6-1||Joe Soto||KO (knee and punches)||Bellator 27||September 2, 2010||2||0:33||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Won the Bellator Featherweight World Championship.|
|Win||5-1||Patricio Freire||Decision (split)||Bellator 23||June 24, 2010||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States||Won the Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament.|
|Win||4-1||Georgi Karakhanyan||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 18||May 13, 2010||3||5:00||Monroe, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||3-1||Eric Marriott||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 13||Apr 8, 2010||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||2-1||Bibiano Fernandes||Submission (armbar)||Dream 11||Oct 6, 2009||1||0:42||Yokohama, Japan||Dream 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||2-0||Norifumi Yamamoto||Decision (split)||Dream 9||May 26, 2009||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||Dream 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||1-0||Chase Beebe||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Dream 7||March 8, 2009||1||10:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Dream 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|