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Bellator heavyweight tourney final rematch gets date

Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos will try to finish the Bellator heavyweight tournament on March 16 when they compete for a second time at Bellator 61. The card is set to go down from the Horseshoe Riverdome in Louisiana.

Prindle and Santos competed late in 2011 with the fight ending in a No Contest after a low blow rendered Prindle unable to continue. The quarterfinals of the Bellator middleweight tourney will also take place on that night.

“Louisiana’s been an amazing home to Bellator. Our last two Louisiana events we’re spectacular sell outs, so bringing Bellator to Bossier City was an easy decision to make,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney in a recent press release. “This Prindle-Santos fight has war written all over it and both of these guys have taken this huge fight very personally.”

The quarterfinals of the Bellator middleweight tournament feature Maiquel Falcao fighting Norman Paraisy, Brian Rogers versus Vitor Vianna, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky in action against Vitor O’Donnell, and Giva Santana against Bruno Santos.

As always, the winner of the tourney will receive $100,000 and a future title shot.