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Joe Warren eliminated from Bellator tournament after knockout loss

This past Saturday night marked the first time a Bellator FC champion has been beaten in a non-title bout under the organization’s banner, as the promotion’s featherweight king Joe Warren was knocked out cold by Olympic wrestler Alexis Vila in the Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament where Warren had hoped to become the first fighter to hold belts in two Bellator divisions.

Warren was stopped sixty-four seconds into the opening round of action after getting caught with a few stiff shots including an evening-ending left hook. With the win Vila moved on to the semifinal field featuring fellow 135-pounders Eduardo Dantas, Ed West, and Marcos Galvao.

Here is the full list of Bellator 51 results:

Frank Caraballo def. Dustin Kempf via TKO Round 1 (Injury / Knee)
Joey Holt def. Clint Musser via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
John Hawk def. Allan Weickert via TKO Round 2 (Retirement)
Dan Spohn def. Dane Bonnigson via Knockout Round 1 (Knee)
Jessie Riggleman def. Farkhad Sharipov via Split Decision
Jessica Eye def. Casey Noland via Split Decision
Ed West def. Luis Alberto Nogueira via Unanimous Decision
Marcos Galvao def. Chase Beebe via Split Decision
Eduardo Dantas def. Wilson Reis via Knockout Round 2 (Knee/Strikes)
Alexis Vila def. Joe Warren via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)

PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR

MMATraining Take: A champ losing was bound to happen given all the non-title fights Bellator features them in. Fortunately for the company Warren’s defeat took place at 135-pounds rather than his championship weight so at least there’s no significant controversy on that front. All in all it was a great show with some surprising finishes. Bantamweight champ Zach Makovsky definitely has a challenge on his hands no matter who emerges the tournament’s winner.

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