Bellator featherweight champ Joe Warren may not be the biggest, strongest, or fastest fighter on Earth but, according to him, he is definitely the baddest man out there. And, if record and performance are indicators of the validity of his statement, he may be onto something.
With a 6-1 record highlighted by displays of pure fortitude as much as technique, the 34-year old Warren will look to continue his success in the ring tonight at Bellator 41 against Brazilian Marcos Galvao. However, rather than competing at the division he currently reigns supreme over, Warren has dipped down to near bantamweight status for the bout with his sights set on an run at the belt currently being held by 135er Zach Makovsky.
And that’s just the beginning…
“I’m training hard to compete in the 2012 Olympics,” Warren recently explained to media. “I’m going to compete at the World Team Trials on June 9 (and) then I’ll be fighting for the rest of the year before I try to make the U.S. Olympic Team Trials here in December. One step at a time, but I’m healthy and strong, and there’s no reason I can’t do it.”
The confidence continually radiating from Warren’s being is no random act. It’s a mindset “The Baddest Man on the Planet” adopted while coming up in the ranks as an amateur wrestler.
“I brainwash myself on my way to the cage. That’s what champion’s do. They can pull themselves away from a situation and put themselves where they need to – mentally – to win,” Warren began on the subject of his self-dubbed moniker and attitude towards competition. “That’s one of the lessons I learned wrestling at the Olympic Training Center at the very top level of the sport. You can be in bad situations – feel like crap or whatever – but you still need to get the job done, period. So on my to the cage, I need to talk myself into that. I need to brainwash myself. That’s where “The Baddest Man on the Planet” came from. Before I used to wrestle I would need to tell myself, ‘I’m the baddest man on the planet! Nobody can touch me!’”
“Now that I’m in MMA, I tell myself that I’m the baddest 145er on the planet,” he continued, “And I just continue to say it until I’m in an entirely different mindset. I’m just used to being in that violent intensity. It’s a comfort zone for me. Not for a lot of other people. I stay focused and I push. Some people can’t bring themselves to that point and then return to a controlled, focused state. They go crazy, lose their mind, and then they get tired. I’m not doing that. I’m just getting my mind warmed up to the point where my body is. It’s not a very comfortable place to be, but it’s just where I need to be to win. My intensity level and my focus make me “The Baddest Man on the Planet”. You know I’m a competitor. The bottom line is that you’re going to see me win every time and it doesn’t matter how it happens. The baddest man on the planet gets the job done.”
The swagger he approaches the sport with extends, of course, to his clash with Galvao this evening on MTV2.
“I’ve seen him fight and I know he has some experience under his belt, but I’m not worried about him at all,” said Warren on his 9-3-1 opponent. “I’m going to run right through him like it’s nothing. I’m going to have no problem with this guy.”
“My number one objective in this fight with Galvao is to make sure that he experiences a tremendous amount of pain,” he elaborated on his intention to decimate his adversary. “I’m going to impose my will on him until he breaks down, gives up, taps out, or I knock his ass out standing. I’m feeling really comfortable with my hands right now and I’m feeling really confident on the ground, so I’m ready for any situation. I know he’s a jiu-jitsu guy, but I don’t think he’s ever stepped foot inside a cage with someone like me.”
“Galvao has trained with a lot of great fighters, and he’s fought a lot of great fighters too. I’m not taking him lightly for one second,” he concluded on his foe before putting one final stamp on the subject. “I’m going to take his heart and beat the hell out of him. This guy’s in serious trouble.”
Fans can watch Warren and Galvao get it on at Bellator 41 later tonight with the broadcast firing up at 9:00 PM EST. Other bouts include a superfight between bantamweight champ Makovsky and 11-0 Chad Robichaux as well as the semi-final round of the Season 4 Featherweight Tournament with Warren’s eventual 145-pound opponent eventually emerging from the field (Daniel Straus vs. Kenny Foster, Wilson Reis vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire).
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