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The last time we saw Joe Warren in the cage he took a brutal beating at the hands of Pat Curran. It was the kind of horrific head trauma that psychically wakes Gary Goodridge up in the middle of the night a la the Shining, and afterwards many people wondered if maybe Joe should hang up the gloves. You know, while he still had the hand / eye coordination to do so. But according to Bellator prez Bjorn Rebney…

“He wants to fight again,” Rebney said. “Thankfully, he took enough time off. Given his style, there’s no question about Joe Warren’s heart. He wants to get back on track and see where he can take it.”

Rebney said Warren appears to have gone through some reality checks and balances before making his decision to come back. But his enthusiasm to get back in the cage is winning out.

“He’s cognizant of the fact he’s older and there’s not much of a window left,” Rebney said. “But he’s also fairly realistic. He goes, ‘I’m not getting any younger. That’s not the way I want to go out. I’d like to give it one more run at ’35. My losses were one crazy shot, and I fought Pat Curran, arguably the best featherweight in the world. It’s not my right weight, but I was the champ and I had to defend. Can I have one more shot at ’35?’

“With a guy with that kind of heart, I can’t at this point say to him, ‘No, I’m not going to give you another shot.’ He’s been awesome, and he’s a warrior, so you give him another shot and we’ll see. Hopefully he can turn it around and the outcome isn’t what it’s been the last couple.”

Let’s hope so. I don’t wanna be all Jake Rossen and demand the guy retire or anything, but Warren’s two last losses were really bad. Like they make me reconsider the ethical ramifications of supporting MMA bad.

Bonus: Alexis Vila’s Joe Warren KO, back when they were funny.