Steve “Mean Machine” Garcia has been looking for a big opportunity. Patience has paid off as he’ll square off with former two-division champion Joe Warren at Bellator 181.
Garcia a lengthy 6 foot tall 135er, out of JacksonWink MMA, has 5 of 7 wins by knock out. The “Mean Machine” had expected to make his main card debut at Bellator 174, but didn’t fight that night, due to his opponent, Joe Taimanglo horribly missing weight. Garcia last fought at Bellator 162, taking a unanimous decision from Ronnie Larence, rebounding from a split decision loss to Ricky Turcios. Being on the main card has been a long time in the making at the Rio Rancho Resident has fought for the promotion 6 times already.
Warren who came to MMA with a greco roman wrestling back ground, has scored 9 of 14 wins by decision. The self proclaimed baddest man on the planet has lost 3 of his last 5, alternating losses and wins since 2015. Following a 5 fight win streak, Warren was submitted by Marcos Galvao, took a decision from LC Davis, got submitted by Darrion Caldwell, submitted Sirwan Kakai, and is coming off losing a decision to Eduardo Dantas.
Bellator 181 takes place July 14, at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.