Bellator's Sean McCorkle Was Genuinely Afraid for Joe Warren

Jeremy Botter@jeremybotterMMA Senior WriterMarch 12, 2012

In today's UFC Morning Update, I shared the video of the horrific beating that Joe Warren took at the hands of Pat Curran at Friday night's Bellator 60 card. In reality, the beating wasn't just issued by Curran, but also by referee Jeff Malott, who should be reprimanded and stripped of his license, never to referee another professional fight again.

And if you think I'm harping on Malott's incompetence a bit too much, well, here's Bellator heavyweight Sean McCorkle detailing the experience of standing backstage and watching Warren come back to his locker room after the fight:

I did not get a chance to see the Curran/Warren fight the other night because they were on right before me, but Warren did not look in good shape at all backstage after the fight. I'm not one to have my stomach easily turned either, but I was genuinely afraid for him when he passed by as they were practically carrying him. I keep hearing it was a late stoppage, and then that it wasn't, back and forth. Either way, I genuinely hope that he is OK. That's a scary thing to see.

Warren after ref Malott finally stepped in
Warren after ref Malott finally stepped in

It's not a stretch to say that Warren's career may have been prematurely ended by an incompetent referee on Friday night. I don't have any kind of confirmation on Warren's current condition, but I know he's out of the hospital.

He almost certainly suffered at least one concussion and possibly two, and that's the kind of thing that will make a 35 year old man think long and hard before stepping back in the cage for a fight.