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Eric Prindle Battling Illness; Bellator 61 Main Event Delayed

The heavyweight rematch between Eric Prindle (7-1, 1 NC) and Thiago Santos (10-1, 1 NC) will have to wait, as it was announced today by Bellator officials that Prindle is ill and will not be able to compete against Santos in tomorrow night’s Bellator 61 main event, as planned.

Denying rumors that the bout was in jeopardy due to Thiago Santos being well over 300 pounds, Bellator officials informed USA Today that the fight was delayed as a result of Prindle battling flu-like symptoms which set in earlier this week.

Though Prindle was keen to push ahead with the fight anyway, The Louisiana State Boxing and Wrestling Committee suggested that the fight be pushed back until at least next Friday. Prindle vs. Santos 2 will now take place at Bellator 62 on March 23 at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.

Prindle and Santos first did battle at Bellator 59 in November of last year, with the bout ending early due to a groin kick delivered by Santos from which Prindle couldn’t recover. The bout, which was to determine Bellator champ Cole Konrad’s next opponent, was ruled a No Contest and rescheduled.

The middleweight tournament fight between Maiquel Falcao and Norman Paraisy will now serve as the Bellator 61 main event.

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