Coming off stellar years in 2013 and 2014 in which he captured the Bellator bantamweight championship, Joe Warren hit a bit of a bump in the road last year, picking up a loss and a no contest in fights against Marcos Galvao and LC Davis.
“Last year… it was MMA, and MMA is unpredictable,” Warren told MMAWeekly.com. “I think I like to put things behind me. Losing my belt (to Galvao) sucks, but getting the win against LC (that was later overturned) was nice.
“Now I’m just focused on this year, really. Last year was last year and I’ve put that behind me.”
As he prefers to live in the moment, Warren has been focused on improving his game so he does not repeat mistakes that have cost him in the past.
“I’ve gotten better everywhere and I believe I’m the best fighter I’ve ever been now and I’m ready to showcase it for the Bellator nation.”
“He’s another stud, another undefeated guy I have to fight,” Warren said of Caldwell. “I’ve been on the top of the mound since I started fighting. I’m kind of Bellator’s bantamweight gatekeeper. If you want to win anything in Bellator you’ve got to come through me.
“I believe that I’m just as bad as I’ve ever been and I’m excited to put a loss on Darrion’s record.”
For Warren, being within title contention is nothing new. His whole career he’s been in high profile fights with a lot on the line, so it’s business as usual for Warren on March 4.
“I don’t know what it means to not have a title in Bellator,” said Warren. “I’ve won three world titles for them now and I’ve been fighting for a belt or fighting for that chance to get a belt. So I’m not sure what’s like to not fight for something important, and this fight is like that again.
“Every fight I get in seems to have a lot of consequences and things to gain. This is the same as every other fight: Darrion’s another stud they put me in front of to run through.”