It appears the long awaited Season Five Heavyweight Tournament final bout between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos will not take place.
After their first encounter at Bellator 59 was declared a no-contest due to an “accidental kick to the groin,” the two were set to meet again at last week’s Bellator 61. That bout was eventually scratched as well when Prindle came down with “flu-like symptoms,” and the fight was again rescheduled for tomorrow night’s Bellator 62. The match-up has now been halted all together, however, as Santos failed to make the required 265-pound weight limit.
With Santos unable to compete, Prindle has been declared the promotion’s Season Five Heavyweight Tournament winner, and will challenge reigning division champion, Cole Konrad, at a yet to be determined date.
The Bellator 62 competitors gathered for the weigh-ins at the La Posada Hotel in Laredo, Texas. Now set to headline the card is the final Lightweight quarterfinal bout of the evening, which will pit Patricky “Pitbull” Freire against Lloyd Woodard. All Lightweight quarter-finalists were on weight for their bouts.
The Bellator 62 main card goes live on Friday night at 8pm ET on MTV2 and Epix. For preliminary action, fans can catch the live stream on Spike.com at 7pm ET.
Main Card (MTV2)
265 lbs.: Eric Prindle (265.2) vs. Thiago Santos (277.8)+
155 lbs.: Patricky Freire (155.6) vs. Lloyd Woodard (154.8)
155 lbs.: Rick Hawn (155.6) vs. Ricardo Tirloni (155.2)
155 lbs.: Thiago Michel (154.8) vs. Rene Nazare (155.8)
155 lbs.: J.J. Ambrose (155) vs. Brent Weedman (155.8)
Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
170 lbs.: Sonny Luque (162.2) vs. Luis Vega (158.6)
145 lbs.: Steven Peterson (145.2) vs. Chris Jones (145.8)
170 lbs.: Joseph Daily (173.2)* vs. Sean Spencer (170)
155 lbs.: Dave Jansen (155.8) vs. Jacob Kirwan (155.4)
145 lbs.: Douglas Frey (145.6) vs. Rad Martinez (145.8)
+ Santos failed to make weight and was removed from the fight
* Daily was granted additional time to make the required weight