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Joe Warren Bellator 98 Removal Explained

Joe Warren was removed from last week’s Bellator 98 when the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations commissioner Mike Mazzulli deemed the fighter medically unfit. While sparring Warren was apparently knocked out, which meant his exit from the debut of Season 9.

The exact date of the injury isn’t clear, but the commission was made aware only days prior to the show. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney hopes to have Warren cleared for action in a few weeks and agreed with the call by Mazzulli.

“What I can tell you is, the specialist who tested him in Denver said, look, if it were my son I wouldn’t approve it,” said Rebney to MMA Fighting. “But there are circumstances that would cause me to approve it if you can wait three or four weeks and we can do the tests again That’ll answer any questions, and we’ll be 100 percent. And [Mazzulli] said, if we’re not 100 percent we’re not allowed to go.”

Warren was returning off a coaching stint on Fight Master. The former Bellator featherweight champ is 8-3 and last took a decision over Owen Evinger in November of last year.

There’s no update on when Warren may return inside the Cage.