Warren, Bellator’s current featherweight champion, was attempting a run at a second championship belt. However, the promotion did him no favors in the opening round by pairing him up against the 2006 Olympic freestyle-wrestling bronze medalist.
Despite being at a visible size disadvantage, the 40-year-old Vila proved to be the superior striker.
After a big right hand from Vila stunned Warren early, he shot in for a single leg takedown but was unable to secure it.
The final sequence began when the pair separated and reset. Vila immediately landed a left hook to Warren’s chin that had him out cold before he even hit the mat.
Alexis Vila def. Joe Warren via KO (punch) – Round 1, 1:04
Eduardo Dantas def. Wilson Reis via KO (flying knee) – Round 2, 1:02
Marcos Galvao def. Chase Beebe via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Ed West def. Luiz Nogueira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Jessica Eye def. Casey Noland via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jesse Riggleman def. Farkhad Sharipo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Dan Spohn def. Dan Bonnigson via KO (knee) – Round 1, 0:09
John Hawk def. Allan Weickert via TKO (retirement) – Round 2, 5:00
Joey Holt def. Clint Musser via KO (flying knee) – Round 1, 4:07
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