The self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” Joe Warren returned to the cage Friday night at Bellator 80 in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

It was a typical Joe Warren fight as Warren effectively outworked Owen Evinger for three rounds in Warren’s first fight since his loss to Pat Curran this past March.

Also on the card was the second half of the featherweight semifinals between Rad Martinez and Wagnney Fabiano that sent Martinez on to the finals to face Shahbulat Shamhalaev.

The second half of the heavyweight tournament also helped fill out the main card with Alexander Volkov impressively earning a TKO victory over Vinicius Queiroz. The Russian now moves on to face Richard Hale.

Warren grinds Evinger for decision victory

Joe Warren wasted no time going for the takedown, attempting two in the first 30 seconds of the fight. Warren landed his second of the bout when the pair momentarily stood back up, landing in the mount. While there he went for a belly-down armbar and eventually gave up his back to Owen Evinger. Nothing came from it and the round ended with Warren bearing down on Evinger from the top.

In the second frame, Warren again shot for the early takedown and eventually worked in an arm-triangle choke, but couldn’t pull the trigger to end the fight. Warren overwhelmed Evinger from the top, reigning down perfectly timed shots, much to the crowd’s dismay.

The third round didn’t prove much different, as Warren again shot for the early takedown. Evinger was able to keep Warren at bay for a few seconds before ultimately getting taken down. Warren didn’t do much with his takedowns outside of advancing position and working in the occasional strike.

When it was said and done, Warren earned a lopsided decision win.

Volkov finishes Queiroz

After about a minute of striking, Vinicius Queiroz took down Alexander Volkov and tried to work his ground game early on. Queiroz landed an inadvertent headbutt and the referee stood the two fighters up. Eventually Queiroz landed a nice sweep takedown and landed in the guard of Volkov, but Volkov would not let him free his hands to work any sort of ground-and-pound.

The second round had the two fighters trade blows for a majority of the round. Volkov started running around the cage at one point, but suddenly he unloaded, dropping Queiroz to the mat. Volkov must have watched Queiroz’s last fight and didn’t drop into his guard, letting him stand back up. Volkov again caught Queiroz near the end of the round and just a second before the bell rang, Volkov finished off the Brazilian with a flurry of vicious uppercuts.

Volkov moves on to the finals against Richard Hale.

Martinez takes hard fought decision over Fabiano

The fight began with Wagnney Fabiano landing a beautiful takedown against Rad Martinez. Martinez was eventually able to stand and landed a few shots before clinching up with Fabiano against the cage. Martinez then pressed off and threw a nice exit combo. Martinez did not want to go the ground and utilized the clinch to wear down Fabiano in the first round.

The second round was all standing with both fighters trading back-and-forth the entire round. Both fighters also started to wear down and began to gas towards the end of the round. Martinez did heavily utilize body shots and didn’t seem to really be worried about Fabiano’s power, taking shots as he stalked down Fabiano throughout the round.

The third was much like the second with the two trading on the feet and each fighter landing good, clean shots on the other. Martinez did go back to utilizing the clinch in the third round, making Fabiano carry his weight and pressing him against the cage. Martinez stuffed a couple of takedowns in the third from Fabiano who desperately tried to bring the fight to the ground.

In the end, Martinez took the unanimous decision victory and will now go into the featherweight finals against Shahbulat Shamhalaev.

Cooper dominates Cobb

After a brief feeling out process, Brett Cooper scored with a takedown against the cage, getting Darryl Cobb down to the mat. Eventually after a half-attempted kimura, the two got right back up and began trading until Cooper again went for a double leg.

Cooper showed some serious ground-and-pound, relentlessly throwing bombs. Cooper definitely used the first round setting up his takedowns with a crisp one-two combo to get the double leg. Towards the end of the round Cooper unleashed more shots that seemed to rock Cobb, but he was able to survive the round.

Cobb seemed to have trouble dealing with Cooper’s punches in the early second and eventually succumbed to another Cooper takedown. Cooper did a great job of mixing up his ground-and-pound with body shots and short punches to Cobb’s head. Cooper really dominated the second round with his superior top game and aggressive ground-and-pound.

The third round wasn’t much different from the first two. Cooper was able to yet again take down Cobb at will, and when it got to the ground, Cooper unleashed his ground-and-pound.

Cooper took the fight by unanimous decision.

Joe Warren def. Owen Evinger by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexander Volkov def. Vinicius Queiroz by TKO (punches). Round 2, 4:59
Rad Martinez def. Wagnney Fabiano by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Brett Cooper def. Darryl Cobb by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brandon Girtz def. Mike Quinones by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cristiano Souza def. Robert Otani by knockout. Round 1, 2:46
Cosmo Alexandre def. Josh Quayhagen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Shanon Slack def. Sky Moiseichik by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joe Vedepo def. Mike Bernard by submission (Vedopo choke). Round 1, 3:26
Ryan DeRocher def. Taylor Krahl by knockout. Round 1, 0:20

Photo: Joe Warren (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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