Prindle forced to withdraw from tonight’s Bellator main event

Friday, March 16, 2012

Bellator Fighting Championships’ seemingly interminable heavyweight tourney will wait at least another week for its conclusion.

An illness suffered by Eric Prindle convinced officials to push his bout with Thiago Santos back to March 23 at Bellator 62 in Laredo, Texas, the promotion told USA TODAY on Thursday afternoon. Prindle-Santos was supposed to headline Friday’s Bellator 61 card in Bossier City, La.

After showing flu-like symptoms, Prindle started vomiting Wednesday night while speaking to broadcasters Jimmy Smith and Sean Wheelock, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. Prindle was willing to continue with the fight, but Louisiana regulators suggested it not take place Friday, although they were not going to officially cancel the bout before seeing the fighters at today’s weigh-ins, Rebney said.

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