Bellator bantamweight and former featherweight champion Joe Warren has lost his last two fights and was widely considered to have lost a decision to Marcos Galvao last year, but he's looking for a return to winning ways against Owen Evinger at Bellator 80. Sherdog has the news:
Joe Warren will return to the Bellator cage on Nov. 9 to face Owen Evinger in a bantamweight tilt at Bellator 80.
Bout agreements are in place for the fight, Sherdog.com confirmed Wednesday with a source close to the contest. A venue has not yet been named for Bellator 80, but the show’s main card will air live on MTV2. Thus far, no contests have been officially announced by the promotion for the Nov. 9 event.
Warren won the Bellator featherweight title in 2010 over Joe Soto, but dropped to bantamweight and following his win over Galvao, he entered the season 5 BW tournament, where he was knocked out by Alexis Vila in the quarterfinal. Earlier this March he fought Pat Curran in his first title defense, and in the 3rd round Curran unleashed a series of strikes over Warren that lasted the duration of Bohemian Rhapsody before the referee finally stepped in.
Evinger, like Warren, is 7-3 in MMA and on a two-fight skid as part of losing three of his last 4. He has two fights under the Bellator banner (losing both) and his most recent defeat was to Allen Gibson, who is 2-3 professionally. His last fight was in January 2012 (the aforementioned loss to Gibson).
I can't sugarcoat this at all, this is a blatant squash match. Evinger has beaten ONE opponent with a winning record (Chad Vandenberg) and even he has lost 4 out of 5. Justifying this as a competitive fight would be irresponsible and untruthful. Oh well, this should at least be one for Warren to add to his highlight-reel.