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Bellator heavyweight final between Eric Prindle-Thiago Santos delayed…again

The smattering of fans looking for closure from the Bellator Season 5 heavyweight final between Eric Prindle (7-1) and Thiago Santos (10-1) will have to wait a little longer after it was revealed their bout has been pushed back a week based on Prindle’s health. The two had been scheduled to face off tomorrow night at Bellator 61 in headlining action but will now do so on March 23 in Texas on a card featuring the opening round of the Season 6 lightweight tourney.

The news was confirmed by Bjorn Rebney earlier this afternoon on The MMA Show.

The first fight between Prindle and Santos infamously ended when the latter kicked his downed adversary directly in, as Mauro Ranallo would say, “the peninsula south of the equator”. After an extended period Prindle explained he could no longer continue, leading to accusations of him attempting to earn a DQ win that never unfolded when officials ruled Santos’ strike as accidental.

Bellator 60 will now feature all four fights from the Season 6 middleweight quarterfinal on the main card destined for MTV 2. The match-ups are highlighted by Brian Rogers vs. Vitor Vianna as well as appearances from familiar faces Giva Santana and Maiquel Falcao.


  • Lord Faust says:

    Any truth to the rumour Santos was also overweight, like pushing 300 lbs?

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I think that came from Prindle going on the MMA Show before Rebney called in, blaming Santos for the cancellation.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    after such a long wait for the conclusion this fight is probably going to be terrible.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I just want this over with. I can’t even comment on the first “fight” without engaging in fighter bashing.

    This whole situation is stupid.

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