Joe Warren’s return to active competition was suddenly cut short earlier this month when the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation refused to clear him over an undisclosed medical concern. Luckily, earlier tonight the commission unsuspended the fighter, allowing him to compete in Bellator’s Season 9 featherweight tournament.
While the exact nature of the injury was never revealed, Warren had to be cleared by the commission’s neurologist.
His exact return date has not been set. However, sources close to MMA Junkie report that a bout with Nick Kirk, his previously scheduled opening round opponent, may be in the works for Bellator 101 on September 27.
The 36 year old fight is a highly decorated amateur wrestler, and a former Bellator featherweight champion. He has amassed an 8-3 record over the past four years, and was recently featured as a coach alongside Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson, and Randy Couture on Bellator’s “Fight Master” reality show.
Warren recently stated that the Season 9 tournament may be his last run at the title, and that he is considering retirement if he is defeated.