Bellator 62 Results: Lightweights Advance; Prindle Wins Title Shot Without a Fight

March 24, 2012
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Bellator Fighting Championships MMA LogoBellator 62 took place at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas, on Friday night. Despite having to scratch the same main event fight two weeks in a row, Bellator declared a heavyweight tournament winner, while four lightweights moved one step closer to a title shot.

Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos fought to a no contest due to an incidental low blow in the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final in Season 5, so they were set to try it against last week at Bellator 61. Prindle, however, fell ill, causing the fight to be postponed.

Prindle and Santos were then slated to head this week’s Bellator 62, but Santos derailed those plans, and it cost him an opportunity to earn a title shot. Santos came in 12 pounds over weight at Thursday’s weigh-ins, leading Bellator officials to call of the fight and declare Prindle the winner of the heavyweight tournament by default. He will now step up to face heavyweight champion Cole Konrad at a future event.

There was some fighting going on at Bellator 62, however. In this season’s lightweight tournament, Lloyd Woodard, Rick Hawn, Brent Weedman, and Thiago Michael Pereira Silva all won their quarterfinal bouts to move that much closer to a shot at lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

Bellator 62 Results:

Main Card (on MTV2):
Lloyd Woodard def. Patricky Freire by Submission (Kimura) at 1:46, R2
Rick Hawn def. Ricardo Tirloni by KO (Punches) at 2:36, R1
Brent Weedman def. J.J. Ambrose by Submission (Shoulder Choke) at 3:26, R2
Thiago Michel Pereira Silva def. Rene Nazare by Split Decision, R3

Preliminary and Post-TV Card (on
Luis Vega def. Sonny Luque by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 3:43, R1
Chris Jones def. Steven Peterson by Split Decision, R3
Dave Jansen def. Jacob Kirwan by Unanimous Decision, R3
Rad Martinez def. Douglas Frey by TKO (Strikes) at 4:08, R1
Sean Spencer def. Joseph Daily by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:24, R2

Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final Winner:
Eric Prindle

  • phrankthetank

    Realistically Prindle should have been the winner after santos soccer kicked him in the nuts and he couldn’t continue. Santos must not have really wanted 100000 if he weighed in 12 lbs over for heavyweight.

  • Yeah really how do you come in overweight by double digits in the heavyweight division? You have a 50 pound window to hit.

    Woodard vs Freire was a great fight though!

  • Anthony

    In the event of someone missing weight, dont they give the other fighter the option to still fight the over weight opponent taking 20% of his purse–ala Rampage vs Bader –and Rumble vs Belfort?????Anyone know why this was a forfeit? Did Prindle rufuse the fight for the lay down win? I like Prindle, hes from the im currently living in(Prescott), but if thats the case, its a bitch move. Anyone know what happened here?

    • phrankthetank

      From what I can tell, the promoters called off the fight, but I wouldn’t blame Prindle if he did refuse it. Prindle came in and made weight, santos was 12 lbs over, it wouldn’t be fair for him to have to fight. Also, 20% of the 10000 (i think) base purse is a far cry from 100000 and a title shot. If someone is over weight for a title fight, the title is off the table (eg: Travis lutter Anderson silva) a tournament final carries similar weight. Also, santos should have been disqualified for his field goal attempt in the 1st fight.

      • Anthony

        Thanks Phrank, makes a lil more sense to me with the Lutter example, but as you recall, they at least still had the fight, even if the title was off the table–I have to admit, I never saw such a blatent ball crushing shot as Prindle took–your right, Santos should have been disqualified from the first fight.