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Last-Minute Illness Forces Eric Prindle Out of ‘Bellator 61’

Written by Tom Ngo
March 15th, 2012
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“Bellator 61” officially has a new main event. According to USAToday, Eric Prindle (Pictured) will be forced out of his much-anticipated rematch against Thiago Santos.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney claims Prindle started vomiting Wednesday night after showing flu-like symptoms. The Louisiana Boxing & Wrestling Commission subsequently suggested the heavyweight affair not go down Friday inside Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City.

Rebney is hopeful the 265-pound shootout will be rescheduled next week at “Bellator 62.”

Prindle and Santos met this past November in the Finals of Bellator’s Heavyweight tourney. Their scrap was declared a no contest after Santos delivered an accidental illegal blow to his opponent’s groin, which put Prindle out of commission.

The middleweight quarterfinal tournament bout between Maiquel Falcao and Norman Paraisy now headlines tomorrow’s festivities.

MTV2 will broadcast the main card at 8PM ET/PT.

Here is the show’s revised roster:

Preliminary Card:

(Spike.com 7PM ET/4PM PT)

Jeremy Myers vs. Jason Sampson

Derek Campos vs. Patrick Cenoble

Derrick Krantz vs. Eric Scallan

Trey Houston vs. Jeremiah Riggs

Quaint Kempf vs. Josh Quayhagen

Main Card:

(MTV2 8PM ET/PT)

Middleweight Tournament:

Giva Santana vs. Bruno Santos

Vyacheslav Vasilevsky vs. Victor O’ Donnell

Brian Rogers vs. Vitor Vianna

Maiquel Falcao vs. Norman Paraisy

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