Heavyweights Eric Prindle (left) and Thiago Santos (right) will have to wait a little longer to settle their score. Photo via Bellator
Tomorrow night's (March 16, 2012) Bellator 61 main event, which was scheduled to be the conclusion of the season five heavyweight tournament pitting Thiago Santos vs. Eric Prindle, will have to wait one more week.
According to a report from USA Today, Prindle began showing serious flu-like symptoms on Tuesday during a pre-fight conversation with commentators Jimmy Smith and Sean Wheelock and it only got worse from there:
"After showing flu-like symptoms, Prindle started vomiting Tuesday 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.
The event also features the season five middleweight tournament, so stepping in as the new main event will be one of the more highly intriguing tournament quarterfinal fights between Maiquel Falcao and Norman Paraisy.
Prindle and Santos originally fought at Bellator 59, but their bout provided no closure to the tournament as Santos kicked Prindle in the groin and the American was unable to continue, resulting in a "no contest" ruling thanks to the bout lasting less than 90 seconds.
Due to the nature of the delay, the bout will only be postponed for one week and is already planned to headline Bellator 62, which features the lightweight tournament quarterfinals and will take place in Texas.
The winner between Prindle and Santos will eventually challenge Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad, who has been patiently awaiting his first challenger since winning the title in 2010.
Sound fair to you, Maniacs?