Joe Warren Deemed Ineligible For Bellator 98
By FCF Staff
The day Joe Warren was supposed to weigh-in for his fight Saturday night with bantamweight Nick Kirk, Bellator has announced that the former featherweight champ has been deemed ineligible to compete by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation. According to a press release sent out by the promotion, the decision was made after the commission examined Warren’s medical documentation. No specific details regarding the apparent issue were disclosed.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully reviewing Joe’s medical documents, everyone agreed to err on the side of caution with the goal of ensuring our fighters safety,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was quoted saying. “It was determined Joe would be unable to compete this Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Joe’s been with us since the beginning and as is the case with every fighter here, it’s incumbent on me to ensure Joe is 100% healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage.”
As a result, Warren’s semifinal fight with Kirk will be postponed. A lightweight bout between Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Derek Anderson has been moved into the main card. The event will be broadcast on SPIKE and will be hosted by the Mohegan Sun Live in Connecticut.
Here is the revised card for Bellator 98.
Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (47-7) vs. Brett Cooper (19-8)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Torrey (9-0) vs. Andreas Spang (8-3)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jeremy Kimball (10-3) vs. Perry Filkins (7-1)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brian Rogers (10-5) vs. Mikkel Parlo (9-1)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher (6-0) vs. Giva Santana (18-2)
Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson (9-0) vs. Patricky Pitbull (10-4)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader (5-5) vs. Mike Mucitelli (5-0)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Dave Vitkay (12-12) vs. Brennan Ward (5-1)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Andrew Calandrelli (6-3) vs. Ryan Quinn (7-4-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Nick Piedmont (8-3-1) vs. Matt Bessette (11-4)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Glenn Allair (3-1) vs. Rico Disciullo (Debut)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman (12-5) vs. Parker Porter (5-3)