Former Bellator bantamweight and featherweight champion Joe Warren finds himself in familiar territory, set to headline his latest event when he meets Darrion “The Wolf” Caldwell at Bellator 151 March 15 in Thackerville, Oklahoma, the promotion announced Friday.
Warren last competed at Bellator 143 in September, outworking L.C. Davis for three rounds to earn the unanimous decision nod. Weeks later, Warren was briefly rumored as a last-minute replacement to bantamweight contender Eduardo Dantas, who was forced out of his title fight with Marcos Galvao due to injury. It would later be revealed that Warren failed his post-fight drug test for marijuana, earning the 39-year-old wrestler a 90-day suspension by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
It was his first victory since losing the promotion’s bantamweight title to Galvao in a verbal submission at Bellator 135 in March of this year.
Undefeated through his first eight professional bouts, Caldwell most recently defeated Shawn Bunch via first-round rear-naked choke on the Warren-headlined card in September. “The Wolf” is a former collegiate wrestler from North Carolina State, where he became a national champion in 2008. He is a product of Power MMA, training alongside UFC standouts Ryan Bader and Myles Jury.
While it has not been set in stone, a victory for Warren could earn him another crack at the bantamweight title. He currently holds victories over both champion Galvao and challenger Dantas, who were rebooked to compete for the Bellator 135-pound title on Feb. 26 in Mulvane, Kansas.
No other contests have been announced for the event.