Bellator's Joe Warren cleared to fight, return date not set
After an undisclosed medical issue prompted his removal from a Bellator event earlier this month, Joe Warren (8-3 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) may now compete in the promotion's Season 9 featherweight tournament.
The Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation tonight removed the former champ from a national database that tracks medically suspended fighters.
"He's cleared to fight," Michael Mazzuli, Mohegan's director of athletic regulation, told MMAjunkie.com.
Rick Hawn and Ron Keslar Enter Welterweight Tournament As Riddle, Scanlon Injured
Keslar Battles Sergio Junior, Hawn Meets
Herman Terrado September 20th
Newport Beach, CA. (September 16, 2013)
– Injuries over the last three weeks have
forced Mark Scanlon and Matt Riddle out of
Bellator’s Season 9 Welterweight
Tournament. They have been replaced by
Rick Hawn and Ron Keslar. Hawn will now
face Herman Terrado, while Keslar will
battle Sergio Junior on September 20
th from Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University. The
night will also feature the long awaited
Welterweight Tournament Finals as Douglas
Lima battles Ben Saunders and the
tournament debut of War Machine.
Rebney: 'Ridiculously one-dimensional' champ Askren will dominate if in UFC
So far, it hasn't been the same kind of controversy that Bellator MMA experienced with Eddie Alvarez's free agency.
What will happen to the promotion's welterweight champion, Ben Askren, remains to be seen. But Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney believes the elite-level wrestler will continue having success if he stays or if he goes.
At this point, backhanded compliments might be just part of the game...