It may not have been the knockout finish former Bellator bantamweight and featherweight champion had promised, but it was still the performance he needed to get his career back on track at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
At 38 years old, anything but a victory would have forced Warren to reconsider his status in the sport. Luckily for him he managed to outwork his younger, but far more experienced counterpart in L.C. Davis.
Unsuccessful in his first two attempts to tie things up, Warren managed to score a double-leg soon into the first round, allowing him to control Davis using his world-renown grappling pedigree. Warren’s superb skills as a wrestler made the difference in the second and third rounds, as well — proving he wasn’t just capable of getting the fight to the canvas, but keeping it there for as long as he wanted.
Joe Warren def. L.C. Davis via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Results for the remaining bouts on the card are as follows:
- Kendall Grove def. Joey Beltran via TKO (Round, 3 2:27)
- Emmanuel Sanchez def. Henry Corrales via split decision (27-30, 30-27, 29-28)
- Vinicious Queiroz def. Ewerton Teixeira via submission (Round 2, 4:00)
- Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Bryce Mejia via KO (Round 1, 1:26)
- Amador Ramirez def. Saul Elizondo via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
- Steve Garcia def. Eduardo Bustillos via TKO (Round 1, 4:59)
- Darrion Caldwell def. Shawn Bunch via submission (Round 1, 2:35)
- Dan Charles def. Chase Gormley via knockout (Round 2, 4:35)
- John Texeira def. Gleristone Santos via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)