April 10, 2012 12:15:12 PM
Champ Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle off Bellator 65, moved to Bellator 70
This week's Bellator 65 event has lost a title fight.
A fight between heavyweight champion Cole Konrad (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC) and de facto tournament winner Eric Prindle (7-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) has been moved to Bellator 70 on May 25.
Prindle, who suffered a hand injury, today tweeted news of the change.
Bellator 65 takes place Friday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Konrad vs. Prindle was expected to join Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky (14-2 MMA, 6-0 BFC) and fellow headliner Eduardo Dantas (13-2 MMA, 3-0 BFC) on the MTV2-televised main card.
Instead, it'll take place next month at a currently unannounced Bellator 70 show.
The title fight came about after two meetings between season-five tournament finalists Prindle and Thiago Santos were scrapped in recent weeks.
Prindle and Santos first fought at Bellator 59, where the tourney championship went unresolved after Santos accidentally kicked his opponent in the groin. With Prindle unable to continue, the fight was rebooked for Bellator 61 this past month. However, Prindle suffered from flu-like symptoms, and the fight was postponed a week. Then at Bellator 62 weigh-ins, Santos failed to make weight, and Prindle was declared the tournament champion.
Konrad hasn't fought since August, when he earned a unanimous-decision victory over Paul Buentello in a non-title fight. Prior to that, the two-time NCAA Division I national champion and current Team DeathClutch fighter won Bellator's season-three tournament with victories over Rogent Lloret, Damian Grabowski and Neil Grove. That earned him Bellator's inaugural heavyweight title.
Before the Santos fiasco, Prindle advanced to the season-five tourney finale with victories over Abe Wagner and Ron Sparks. It was part of a seven-fight win streak that followed his pro-debut loss to Jimmy Ambriz in 2008.Source: mmajunkie.com
November 24, 2011 12:11:06 PM
Bellator 59 shuffles card due to Michael Costa Injury
Wand Fight Team product Michael Costa (10-5-1) has been forced out of his Bellator 59 match against Lyman Good (11-2) which was set to take place on Saturday.
Since Costa's withdrawal was made in such short notice, Bellator officials have elected to scratch the fight altogether. Now promoted to main card is a lightweight contest between Marcin Held (11-2) and "The Ultimate Fighter 8" finalist Phillipe Nover (5-3-1), who is making his Bellator debut.
Nover looks to earn his second win since being released from the UFC. "The Ultimate Fighter 8" finalist was bounced after losses to Robert Emerson, Kyle Bradley and Efrain Escudero.Source: www.mmajunkie.com
November 22, 2011 9:41:17 PM
Bellator 59 adds four fights to complete card
With Bellator 59 around the corner, the addition of four fights completes the card.
The additions to the card include LeVon Maynard (11-8) vs. Chris Wing (3-1), Karl Amoussou (12-4-2) vs. Jesus Martinez (6-1), Scott Heckman (8-3) vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen (5-2) and Gregory Milliard (1-2) vs. Brandon Saling (6-4).
Featuring tournament-finale contests in both the heavyweight and bantamweight divisions, Bellator 59 takes place Saturday at New Jersey's Ceasars Atlantic City November 26. The evening's main card airs on MTV2, and the prelims stream live on Spike.com.Source: www.mmajunkie.com