We often hear people say, “that dude is a bad man!”
When referencing Colorado’s own Joe Warren….we mean it. Joe is currently Bellator’s poster-child and the reigning 145 lb World Champion. When we tell you, “he brings it”…..the man really BRINGS IT.
Joe is one of the most incredible athletes that we’ve got here in Colorado and possesses a motor that few have ever seen. Aggressive to the tenth degree, physical as a bear, strong as a gorilla for his size, mean as a snake in the right light….and one of the nicest, family oriented and most solid friends you could ever have. Many know Joe as the “Baddest Man on the Planet”, and if you don’t believe me…just ask, Chase Beebe, Kid Yamamoto, Joe Soto, Pitbull Ferriere, and hundreds of others that have had to step to the line against the diminutive warrior.
What many may not know is what a devoted family man, teammate & good friend Joe Warren can be. It’s not to say that he is not as a crazy as a loon sometimes, but make no mistake about him…he’s as solid as the day is long. Examiner and the FightJobs team have had the chance to spend quite a bit of time with Joe in the last 3 years helping Joe prepare and surround himself with the right people to help him in his quest for multiple World titles in both wrestling and his MMA career.
We’ve seen everything from the fierce tenacity, the incredible pressure of being a world champion, the fragile emotional moments, the incredibly charismatic side of being a super fan-friendly champion and an overall terrific human being.
Now if you don’t know Joe very well yet….hang on to your hats, because the man is an insanely & tightly wrapped ball of energy. When you’re with Joe….its like being on a rollercoaster and having a laughing gas mask on at the same time. The stories the man tells and the passion and energy that he tells those stories with is truly enough to make grown adults need to wear diapers. He can be polarizing at times to those that have not spent any time with him, but the friendships that he’s forged along the way and the devoted loyalty that “is Joe”….makes for a really special guy.
Joe’s road to being a champion was not an easy road from the outset. His introduction to MMA was not the typical intro into a very difficult career choice. While on vacation and snowboarding with his brother, Joe received a call from Team Quest fighters & coaches, Heath Simms and Dan Henderson about asking Joe if he’d like to start fighting in Japan.
Joe’s response, “Hell no I don’t want to fight….I’m all about some nice clothing and a beautiful wife.”
Simms says, “They’ll pay you 25 grand to fight.”
Joe responds, “Sounds great, let’s do it…..when do we fight?”
Simms responds again….”2 weeks, so get your butt out here right now and let’s start training.”…..and just like that, a world-champion wrestler turned MMA fighter was born.
Joe was entered into DREAM’s Featherweight Grand Prix on behalf of his training team, Team Quest.
After winning his first ever MMA fight against Chase Beebe in Japan’s tournament format….Joe then took on Japan’s legendary 145 lb world champion, and widely regarded as the best featherweight the world had ever seen to that point, “Kid” Yamamoto. Joe took it to “Kid” from the opening bell and mentally broke the Japanese legend en route to what many consider one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. After the fight with Joe, “Kid” Yamamoto, Japan’s most endeared featherweight’s king….has never been the same.
Since then in his nine MMA fights, Joe’s only faced the best 145 lb fighters in the world, and has racked up all wins and only two losses. His last fight against another former Olympic and World Champion wrestler, Alexi Villa ended with the only KO loss of Joe’s career. He’s shaken off the loss as a learning experience, and vows to show a different man against Pat Curran in his upcoming March 9th title defense for Bellator’s 60 – Season 6 145 lb crown.
For the last year and a half, Joe’s been training with Littleton’s, FactoryX Fight Team and having his normal stable of buddies like: Scotty Jorgensen, Urijah Faber, TJ Dillashaw, Joe Benevidez and the rest of the Team Alpha Male fly in to help him get ready for war. The mix of “MMA wrestling”, striking, cardio and jiu-jitsu that he’s been entrenched in, as well as the balance his family gives him…creates a focus and intensity rarely seen in athletes. His big bravado and incredible mental toughness gives Joe the ability to push through punishing fights even under the most daunting circumstances.
Make no mistake about it….Joe has a very stiff test at hand with Pat Curran on Bellator’s 60 – Season 6 March 9th telecast, but “The Baddest Man On the Planet” has a very painful, grueling and relentless plan for the young stud in Pat Curran to see just how tough he is. Having a motivated Joe Warren gunning for you is no fun for anyone, considering his violent agenda. However, one thing is for sure….when that violent fight ends, Joe will give Pat Curran a competitors hug & hand shake to acknowledge a fellow fighter.
Let’s show that amazing Colorado MMA support for “Big Joe” as he continues his quest for greatness. Follow Joe on Twitter at: @JoeWarrenMMA