Joe Warren has beaten Eduardo Dantas before for the Bellator MMA bantamweight Title and at Bellator 166, Warren will have an opportunity to make history repeat itself, but the former champion does feel like the man he is fighting will be a changed combatant.
“I believe he changed after last time I beat him,” Warren told MMA Junkie Radio. “He changed to a more of a point fighter instead of the tough fighter that’s running across the cage trying to finish you in the first round. I haven’t seen that out of him lately. I see him trying to win with a jab and a few kicks. I don’t know who the hell he thinks he’s fighting, but a jab and a kick is not stopping this man. So hopefully he comes with that whole tool belt. If not I’m going to try to break his ass in that Bellator cage early.”
Warren, despite being the much older fighter in the cage, believes he has the advantage when he meets Dantas again.
“I see that he’s changed who he was,” Warren said. “I don’t give a (expletive) who this guy is, personally. We have a personal vendetta against it each other. He’s made it personal a few times. I’m a pretty outspoken guy. Speak the truth. He’s got a problem with me. I think MMA is a game of matchups. You guys would probably agree with me. And I think I’m a terrible matchup for him. I believe I’m stronger, faster, tougher than I’ve ever been right now. And I’ve got the focus to get that belt back, so he’s into some big trouble.”
Bellator 166 takes place on Friday, December 2 from the Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma with Eduardo Dantas and Joe Warren headlining.