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Bellator 149’s Justin Wren fights corruption, poverty in Congo … and Juan Torres in Houston

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Justin Wren will headline Bellator 149’s “Prelims” undercard this weekend against Juan Torres, but “Big Pygmy” has even bigger fights outside the cage.

Bellator 149: “Shamrock vs. Gracie 3” comes to Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, this Friday night (Feb. 19, 2016). The main event is an Openweight fight between Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie for the third (and likely final) time, while the co-featured fight of the night pits Heavyweight sluggers Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000 opposite each other.

However, before the main card begins on Spike TV, the “Prelims” bouts on Spike.com will be headlined by “Big Pygmy” Justin Wren (11-2) as the Heavyweight returns for his second Bellator fight against Juan Torres (3-3).

Wren’s story is as intriguing as the bout itself. Wren competed The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 and was ultimately cut after losing a split decision to Jon Madsen at TUF 10 Finale. He bounced around the minor leagues throughout 2010 until he decided to leave behind the fighting life to become a Christian missionary.

Five years later, Wren made a successful return at Bellator 141, blowing out Josh Burns in a one-sided war, earning a return bout at Bellator 149 in Houston this weekend. Wren talks about that fight and his “Fight for the Forgotten” in the Congo in a recent interview with MMA Mania.

Wren had to fight to even have his fight with Burns as forces swirled around him that were out of his control.

“I had 12 weeks blocked off so that I could dedicate to fight camp after the five years off, but Congo corruption brought me back to the Congo for three weeks with a visa issue. They tried to steal my five-year visa from me for a $3,000 bribe. I didn’t have my passport for two full ….View full article

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