Similar to Joe Warren and Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, Joe Soto once battled through numerous opponents to become the Bellator featherweight champ. Warren and Pitbull will fight in the final match before the championship here soon.
However, gaining the belt means taking it from the current champ, and being undefeated, Soto has not exhibited much weakness. Can Warren or Pitbull actually beat Soto?
Soto is undefeated at 9-0. He has been tested, but he's come through being rocked only to either submit his opponent or punch him into submission. Soto has the level of heart that only a few MMA fighters do, and his desire to win is his impetus for training harder and harder.
Without a doubt, Warren has the heart of a champ and has pulled out of numerous submission attempts by his opponents only to come back and win. He has a great Greco-Roman background, but Warren seems to have difficulty finishing fights.
Pitbull, on the other hand, is undefeated and prefers to finish the fight, although he was unable to against Wilson Reis. He is very swift with his submissions and will likely pose a major threat to Warren if he does sink a submission like Warren's other opponents.
As far as which fighter will end up facing Soto, it's up in the air for now. But in terms of either being true competition for Soto, what should we expect?
One way or the other, we can expect a ground battle. Warren has a knack for taking anyone down and usually ground and pounding them to gain a decision victory. Pitbull, on the other hand, has finished a lot of his fights in the first round by submission.
As for standing, Warren probably wouldn't be much of a challenge, and he will likely look to clinch immediately, which may give Soto a distinct advantage as he has sound boxing and capitalizes off of any opening, no matter in which phase of the fight.
Pitbull is strong in every area, and though it will be interesting to see how he chooses to fight Warren, it would be even more interesting to see him fight Soto. Both these fighters are undefeated, and no doubt both will look to stay undefeated.
Soto, though, has an added pressure in trying to keep the belt.
In terms of possibility, yes, Soto is beatable. But will he be beaten? It's too close to call. No matter who gets to advance to the championship match, Warren or Pitbull will bring a very tough fight.
Get ready for entertainment.