For the opening five minutes of Thursday's Bellator 27 main event, the self-described "baddest man on the planet" looked like anything but.
Then came round two.
After getting tagged throughout the first round with lead left hands and nasty right uppercuts, Joe Warren (6-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC) uncorked a powerful barrage of strikes that left former champion Joe Soto (9-1 MMA, 4-1 BFC) unconscious on the floor.
The extraordinary comeback served as the headlining contest for Thursday's FOX Sports Net-broadcast Bellator 27 event, which took place at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.
•Joe Warren def. Joe Soto via knockout (strikes) - Round 2, 0:33
•Zach Makovsky def. Nick Mamalis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•Ed West def. Bryan Goldsby via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
OFFICIAL PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
•Andrew Craig vs. Rodrigo Pinheiro*
•Aaron Barringer vs. Gilbert Jimenez*
•Dale Mitchell vs. Richard Odoms*
•Andrew Chappelle vs. Joe Christopher*
•Ulysses Gomez def. Travis Reddinger via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
•Jon Kirk def. Shane Faulkner via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 2:19
•Steven Peterson def. Ernest De La Cruz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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