If Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey is going to face a bantamweight wrestler who was good enough to make the Olympics, then it would behoove her to train with a bantamweight wrestler who was good enough to make the Olympics.
That would be Joe Warren, the self-described "baddest wrestler there is."
The former Bellator featherweight champion is expected to help "Rowdy" train for her upcoming title defense against Sara McMann, who won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Games. And as Warren tells MMA Fighting, he knows MMA wrestling better than anyone.
"Looks like I might be helping Ronda in the wrestling regard. I'd be happy to help either one of them, they are great fighters. We can't ask for two better women to get in there and get after it. I think it's my wrestling credentials and maybe [knowing McMann]. I understand MMA wrestling better than anybody else. It's a whole different thing than wrestling. They are smart, technical fighters and I'm the baddest wrestler there is. If you can get me to come help you, it's gonna be great."
Warren -- the 2006 world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling at 132 pounds -- was an early favorite to win the 2008 Summer Olympics, but was ruled Ineligible following a positive test for marijuana.
Rousey has a bronze medal in judo (2008) and to date, has been unstoppable inside the cage, racking up eight straight wins with eight straight submission finishes by way of armbar. She'll try to keep the streak alive when she meets McMann at UFC 170 on Feb. 22, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Warren once trained with McMann at the Olympic training center.
Whether or not his expertise can help Team Rousey remains to be seen. It certainly can't hurt and it will give Warren a chance to brush up his own skills for a run at the Bellator title later this year. Perhaps "Rowdy" can return the favor, as she is clearly the "baddest female fighter there is."