Bellator Fighting Championships crowned a new featherweight champion in front of a boisterous crowd at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio on Thursday night. Fans were treated to a full card of electrifying fights, which included one of the best comebacks in the history of the sport.
In the night’s main event, Joe Warren challenged Bellator featherweight champ Joe Soto for his strap.
The 1stRound was all Soto, as the undefeated title holder put on a boxing clinic, delivering a series of devastating punches to what appeared to be a completely outmatched Warren. As the opening stanza came to a close, a battered and bruised Warren headed to his corner shaken, but not discouraged.
In round two, Warren stormed out of the gate, delivering a overhand right to the head of Soto that sent “The Hammer” reeling to the canvas. After scrambling back to his feet, Warren landed a crushing knee to the chin that ultimately finished the fight.
“I told you I was going to win,” Warren stated after capturing the title. “I came in here and got the job done. I’m super happy to be a World Champion. This is the first time I’ve knocked someone out – there is a lot more to come.”
Chairman and CEO of Bellator Fighting Championships, Bjorn Rebney, was thoroughly impressed by Warren’s heart and courage, stating, “If you saw Joe Warren’s fight with Patricio Pitbull in Season 2, most people would not of made it out of that 1stRound, but Warren has that immeasurable heart that allows him to push forward.
“Tonight was no different. When I sat down with Warren a year ago he told me that he was willing to die in there to get that title. Most people just say that, but when he says it you believe it. What a great performance. We have a tremendously talented and rapidly evolving featherweight champion.”
In case you missed last night’s Fox Sports Net broadcast, here are the highlights from the epic scrap (Please click HERE for Bellator 27 Results):