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dudeabides 03-17-2012 01:47 PM

Bellator FC 62: Freire vs Woodard
Bellator 62
Date: Mar 23, 2012
Location: Laredo, Texas
Venue: Laredo Energy Arena
Broadcast: MTV2 and



Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos (season-five heavyweight-tourney final rematch)
Patricky "Pitbull" Freire vs. Lloyd Woodard (lightweight-tourney opening round)
J.J. Ambrose vs. Brent Weedman (lightweight-tourney opening round)
Rick Hawn vs. Ricardo Tirloni (lightweight-tourney opening round)
Thiago Michel vs. Rene Nazare (lightweight-tourney opening round)


Sonny Luque vs. Luis Vega
Douglas Frey vs. Rad Martinez
Cosmo Alexander vs. Oscar de la Parra
Joseph Daily vs. Sean Spencer
Steven Peterson vs. Chris Jones
Dave Jansen vs. Jacob Kirwan


Thiago Santos' camp insists their fighter did not dodge a bullet.

Despite some rumblings that suggested Santos (10-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) was not going to make weight for a planned Bellator 61 meeting with Eric Prindle (7-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC), "Big Monster" insists he was well on his way to 265 pounds before his opponent was pulled from the bout.

"Thiago was actively cutting weight when I called him to inform him of the cancelation of the fight," Santos' manager, Josef Borges, told ( "It was 1 p.m., and he was only three kilograms (6.6 pounds) away from making weight. Making weight would not have been a problem for Thiago."

Santos and Prindle were expected to meet in the main event of today's Bellator 61 event, but "flu-like symptoms" forced Prindle out of the bout. But after Prindle withdrew, there were a few reports that suggested Santos, who walks around at more than 300 pounds, was lucky he wasn't forced to step on the scale.

Borges insists that's bad intel.

"(Bellator matchmaker) Sam Caplan asked me to call him at 1 p.m. (on Thursday)," Borges said. "He said that Eric fell ill due to dehydration and that he caught a flu – that he presented medical proof to the commission stating that he was in no condition to fight. Bellator then suggested moving the fight to next week, and they asked me if Thiago would agree. So I called Thiago at the hotel and he was in the hot tub losing the last 3 kilograms when I gave him the news. He became angry because he had already lost 14 kilograms (30.9 pounds), but he accepted the fight next week without a problem."

Prindle and Santos, of course, met in the finals of Bellator's season-five heavyweight tourney this past fall, but the bout was ruled a no-contest when Santos inexplicably kicked a downed Prindle in the groin. "Big Monster" contended he was targeting Prindle's backside, but his opponent could not continue after the blow. The rematch has now been pushed back a week to Bellator 62.

The winner of the fight is expected to face Bellator heavyweight champ Cole Konrad in a title fight later this year.

Santos, who openly questioned Prindle's willingness to fight following their first encounter, makes no such claim this time around. Nevertheless, he said he's looking forward to the rescheduled rematch.

"Thiago sees no problem in fighting next week and wishes Eric a speedy recovery," Borges said. "We are thankful to Bellator and promise the fans a great battle next week."

Roflcopter 03-23-2012 08:23 PM

Horrible standup in the Michel-Nazare fight.

Stapler 03-23-2012 08:32 PM

What's this supposed to mean? "That's what I like about bellator, you don't get a title shot based on personality."

You potentially not getting near a title anywhere else won't have to do with your personality, buddy.

EDIT: Good stoppage, Tirloni was laying flat on his back with his arms flailing at his sides.

limba 03-23-2012 10:02 PM

Great sub by Woddard. Didn't see that coming.

Stapler 03-23-2012 10:10 PM

I like how the transition was similar to Mir vs. Big Nog. Regardless of the rolling, he just kept fighting for that kimura. That submission/transition is just entertaining to watch.

dudeabides 03-23-2012 10:21 PM

I hope Freire comes back as quick as he can from that Bellator would miss either one of those guys.

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