We love Joe Warren here at MiddleEasy. Love him. The dude has been in the top three of our Frate Trane list since it’s inception. Who else but Joe Warren would accept a fight with Kid Yamamoto (who was on a thirteen fight win streak at the time) for their second match? His wrestling is unstoppable, he’s a fan of The Prodigy and he fights up a weight class. I don’t think there is any reason for Joe Warren to be removed from the Frate Trane list from now until the world ends on December 21st, 2012. At least by then we will see what Joe Warren did with his bid for Olympic gold next summer, perhaps he will be the first MMA champion to win an Olympic gold medal during their title reign…If he holds onto the belt vs Wilson Reis, Kenny Foster, Daniel Straus or Patricio Freire that is. ESPN spoke to The Baddest Man on Earth about his future in fighting and grappling, unlike us, I doubt Josh Gross had to endure Joe Warren vomiting on the other end of the phone while he interviewed him.
“It’s hard, man,” “I always assume I can get everything done without any stress. But it’s tough. The wrestling is the toughest part of it. Even though I’ve wrestled my entire life, to be back at the Olympic Training Center competing against the top-level guys is like a fight every day. That took a little time to get back to, bumps and bruises.
“Wrestling is a little more demanding than fighting, I think. The level of focus of those athletes is ridiculous. All they do is live and breath one style of wrestling in the name of their country. That’s their job. It’s very serious. Everyone is trained at such a high level, and anyone can win at any time. It’s battles everyday. Young kids, best in the world at what they do. Since I’m a little older, I can tell the recovery time is a little different.”
“I’m real optimistic,” “I’m going to keep an open mind with wrestling. I’m going to go in there and push as hard as I can. If it happens and I win and get a chance at the Olympics, awesome. If it doesn’t happen, I’ve got another love that I’m training for and I’ll just move right into that. It doesn’t hurt me. You would think it hurts me, but being in wrestling shape means I’m bullet-proof, about as strong as you can get. I’m in shape. My coordination is back. Being in wrestling shape definitely helps my fighting.”
Joe Warren’s flying knee on Joe Soto in last year’s Bellator featherweight title fight is brought up in conversation at every single Sunday Night Fight card. We have created a digital Joe Warren who throws knees and has the heart of a lion, it’s awesome. One time we pitted Joe Warren Vs Joe Warren and everyone got the Xbox red ring of death. Incredible.