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Joe Warren withdraws name from DREAM 16 event

Bellator Fighting Championships’ featherweight champ Joe Warren, rumored to be fighting Michihiro Omigawa on September 25th at DREAM 16, will no longer be competing on the card but still hopes to see action again at least one time before year’s end.

Had the bout taken place it would have been Warren’s second in September. The highly respected Greco-Roman wrestler’s exciting comeback win over Bellator’s former featherweight title-holder, Joe Soto, occurred on September 2nd and was his fourth fight of 2010.

Warren’s decision to ultimately decline the opportunity offered to fight Omigawa in Japan was related to an inability to come to terms with the company, as he explained in a conversation with Sherdog.

“It just didn’t work out very well,” said Warren. “We didn’t come to an agreement, and it didn’t look like it was the best opportunity for me at that time. I thought it was, but it just isn’t going to go down.”

However, just because the one-time Michigan Wolverine won’t be stepping into a Japanese ring on September 25th doesn’t mean he isn’t training to scrap again at some point in the immediate future. When asked about his upcoming plans, Warren replied, “I need to keep fighting and keep getting better. I probably won’t fight until November or December, so that will give me two months to get ready, and the best way to learn how to fight is by fighting. I’m still young, still healthy and injury-free.”

Warren is 6-1 with his only loss coming to Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes last October at DREAM 11 during the promotion’s featherweight grand prix. He has won all four of his fights since the defeat.

DREAM 16 will emanate from the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. Among the bouts currently listed on the card, Jason “Mayhem” Miller will battle legend-of-the-ring-and-entrance Kazushi Sakuraba, while submission ace Shinya Aoki is slated to face BJJ blackbelt Marcus Aurelio. Additionally, Gegard Mousasi and Joachim Hansen are scheduled to be in action.

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