Warren will now turn his attention to becoming a two-division champion in Bellator’s season five bantamweight tournament, while the promotion has also signed prospects Thiago Michel and Rad Martinez.
Bellator 47 Adds Featherweight Semis, Loses Warren-Pitbull Title Fight
A title fight between Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire has been scrapped from Bellator 47, after the season four tournament winner Freire was recently sidelined by a hand injury.
However, Bellator’s Canadian debut on July 23 in Rama, Ontario will instead feature the semifinals of its Summer Series featherweight tournament, with Marlon Sandro vs. Nazareno Malegarie and Pat Curran vs. Ronnie Mann.
Warren Looks for Second Title in Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament
Warren’s title defense against Freire will now have to wait until after he tries to become a two-division champion by dropping to 135 pounds for Bellator’s season five bantamweight tournament.
Opening round matchups for the tourney were recently announced for Bellator 51 on Sept. 24, featuring Warren vs. Alexis Vila, Eduardo Dantas vs. Joe Soto, Ed West vs. Luiz Nogueira, and Marcos Galvao vs. Chase Beebe.
Bellator Adds Thiago Michel, Rad Martinez
Bellator has also been busy bolstering its roster with rising prospects, as it recently added Brazilian striker Thiago Michel to its lightweight division along with featherweight Rad Martinez, an NCAA Division I All American wrestler who was featured on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” as the caretaker of his brain damaged father.
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