An apparent case of influenza has forced Bellator season 5 finalist Eric Prindle out from his rematch with fellow finalist Thiago Santos. After their first contest ended in the most brutal form of No Contest possible back at Bellator 59 in November, the pair was set to give things another go at Bellator 61, which goes down tomorrow from the River Dome in Boisser City, LA.
Prindle’s record stands at 9-1 with the aforementioned 1 no-contest, with three of those wins coming under the Bellator banner. In his promotional debut, Prindle scored a second round TKO due to doctor stoppage victory over Josh Burns at Bellator 40 in April of 2011, then cruised past TUF 10 vet Abe Wagner by UD the following October in their season five heavyweight tournament quarterfinal match. In the semi’s, Prindle demolished fellow power puncher Ron Sparks in just forty seconds at Bellator 56 via one punch knockout, earning his spot in the finals alongside Thiago Santos, who had racked up two straight rear-naked choke finishes in his preliminary matches.
Prindle vs. Sparks
Prindle vs. Santos
Bellator 61 Lineup
Middleweight Quarterfinal bout: Maiquel Falcao vs. Norman Paraisy
Middleweight Quarterfinal bout: Vitor Vianna vs. Brian Rogers
Middleweight Quarterfinal bout: Vyacheslav Vasilevsky vs. Victor O’Donnell
Middleweight Quarterfinal bout: Giva Santana vs. Bruno Santos
Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
Lightweight bout: Quaint Kempf vs. Josh Quayhagen
Middleweight bout: Trey Houston vs. Jeremiah Riggs
Welterweight bout: Derrick Krantz vs. Eric Scallan
Lightweight bout: Derek Campos vs. Patrick Cenoble
Bantamweight bout: Jeremy Myers vs. Jason Sampson