Saturday night The Bellator Fighting Championships' season-five heavyweight tournament came down to Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos, with the winner taking the tournament crown, a six-figure payout, and a title shot against Heavyweight champion Cole Konrad. Unfortunately, early in the bout Santos displayed World Cup soccer ability, on Prindle's groin.
Prindle was unable to continue, the bout was declared a No Contest after the referee determined the kick was unintentional, and Prindle experiences notable swelling in the affected area, posting NSFW proof on twitter. Prindle also indicated that there appears to be no long term damage.
the doc said theirs no torsion but I have to back to the doc. See if the swelling will go down ...my right boy is dubble size
my boys feel like the got ran over santa
I'm in AZ, with ice on my junk. Hope you are well. And I wouldn't wish this on anyone"
"I don't know how that was accidental, though," Prindle told MMAJunkie. "I think Santos used the vale-tudo rules. When he was fighting Josh (Burns, a season-five heavyweight tournament competitor), he hit Josh in the back of the head. He hit Neil Grove in the back of the head a couple of times.
"In vale-tudo rules, anything goes. If it was a street fight, I would do the same thing. I don't think he necessarily did it on purpose. I think he saw my legs were out, he saw an opening, and he took it."
When Prindle is fully recovered, the promotion is eager to put the heavyweights in the cage again.
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