Bellator 62 'Prelims' announced for March 23 in Laredo, Texas

via www.bellator.com

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 20, 2012) - Bellator Fighting Championships returns to Texas for the first time since the promotion's third season as Bellator 62 kicks off from the Laredo Energy Arena on March 23. The night features the long-awaited rematch between "The American Soldier" Eric Prindle and Thiago "Big Monster" Santos to determine a winner from last season's heavyweight tournament, as well as the quarterfinals of Bellator's $100,000 Season 6 Lightweight Tournament and a host of Texas' top MMA talent.

Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or by visiting The Laredo Energy Arena Box Office. Tickets are priced from $22-$120. The event will also be broadcast LIVE starting at 7 p.m. CST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. CST, with the first fight scheduled for 6 p.m. CST. The preliminary card, featuring the area's top talent will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com starting at 6 p.m. CST.

Laredo favorite Sonny Luque is back after being away from the cage for over a year. He'll meet Brownsville native Luis Vega, who enters the fight with an impressive 7-2 record and brings a six fight win streak into the cage.

The always inspirational Rad Martinez is back with Bellator and will be in a featherweight battle with Amarillo native Douglas Frey. A dedicated family man, many MMA observers are familiar with Martinez after his incredible journey was documented on ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

Cosmo "Good Boy" Alexander looks to continue his ascent up the MMA ranks with a victory in Laredo. Alexander is known for his world class kickboxing, and will put his skills on display against El Paso native Oscar de la Parra in a lightweight affair.

Welterweights collide as Joseph Daily is set to battle Dallas native Sean "Black Magik" Spencer. Both 170 pounders have been climbing up the welterweight rankings, and will be looking to keep their momentum intact.

McKinney native Steven Peterson is ready for action as he steps into the Bellator cage against Dallas resident Chris Jones. Both impressive featherweights hold identical 6-1 records.

Two familiar faces return as lightweights Jacob Kirwan and Dave Jansen do battle. Kirwin is coming off an impressive victory at Bellator 54, while Jansen is 2-0 in his Bellator career, including a dominating submission victory at Bellator 57 over Ashkan Morvari.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator.

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