Hidalgo, Texas – Joe Warren used his elite wrestling to ground and grind out L.C. Davis, thus earning himself the next bantamweight title shot early next year.
Bellator 143 took place on September 25, 2015 at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Former Bellator bantamweight champion Joe Warren (12-4) did what he does best tonight, and that is control his opponents with world class wrestling ability. LC Davis (23-6) appeared to have the striking advantage, but simply couldn’t stay on his feet long enough for it to make a difference in the contest.
All three rounds saw Warren eventually force the contest to the canvas. Once there, Davis had zero answers as Warren dominated the battle for position. Davis was able to stuff several of Warren’s take down attempts during round two and it looked as if Warren was slowing down because of it. The former world champion wrestler and one-time Olympic favorite was persistent, however, and ended up scoring the take down, regardless.
The decision was never in doubt once the final bell sounded. Warren was awarded a clean sweep by all three judges scoring the bout, winning by scores of 30-27 on all cards. “The Baddest Man on the Planet” will now sit back and wait for the winner of the rematch between current divisional kingpin Marcos Galvao and former antamweight champion Eduardo Dantes, which serves as the main event for next month’s Bellator 144 event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The title shot will be a rematch for Warren regardless of who comes out the victor of that contest. Dantes was the man Warren wrenched the strap away from in 2014 before dropping it to Galvao last March.
Davis drops to 3-1 in Bellator with the loss, but considering the landscape of the division, probably didn’t fall far from his previous standing in the class. The veteran, American Top Team HD representative is likely only one impressive performance away from returning to imminent contention. He didn’t appear to take any suspension worthy damage in the bout, so it is possible that Davis could be back in the cage before the end of 2015.
Joe Warren vs. LC Davis served as the main event of the evening and aired on Spike TV.