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BFC: Bellator Fighting Championships 62 Preview

Updated: .March 22, 2012

Bellator Fighting Championships 62 will be headlined by the long-awaited rematch between Thiago Santos and Eric Prindle to determine a winner from last season's heavyweight tournament.

Santos vs. Prindle was supposed to be the Bellator 61 main event last week but it was postponed because Prindle experience serious flu-like symptoms. The event also features the lightweight tournament quarterfinals and it will take place on Friday at 8:00 PM ET Laredo, Texas.

Thiago Santos vs. Eric Prindle:

Thiago Santos and Eric Prindle, the finalists of last year's heavyweight tournament will have a rematch after their initial meeting in Bellator 59 ended in a No Contest. Santos punted the prone Prindle square in the nether regions in the first round of that fight and Prindle was unable to continue despite his allotted five-minute respite.

Eric Prindle (7-1) was an amateur boxer in the military, he has finished five of his seven victories, all via strikes and he hasn't lost since his MMA debut in 2008 in a 1st-round submission against Jimmy Ambriz. Prindle has won his three fights in Bellator (against Josh Burns and Ron Sparks by KO and Abe Wagner via decision).

Thiago "Big Monster" Santos (10-1) has a BJJ black belt and heavy hands, which give him a dual-pronged approach (2 TKOs, 5 submissions). Santos hails from Brazil, he was a strong new acquisition for Bellator but an undisclosed injury forced him to withdraw from his anticipated first fight against Derrick Lewis at Bellator 45 and then, visa issues prevented him to take part in the heavyweight tournament at Bellator 52.

Santos made his first appearance at Bellator 53 in a bout to determine a standby replacement in the tournament and he tapped out Josh Burns with a first-round rear-naked choke. In his last fight he beat Neil Grove with a quick submission to advance to the finals against Prindle.

These two fighters have huge punching power and both share boxing as their main style of striking. Prindle is a little more polished in his technique because he can throw tighter punches and he has a better defensive guard and footwork but Santos has a strong submission acumen. Santos is not an accomplished wrestler but he has decent takedowns.

Prindle can end this fight with his hands at anytime but I think that Santos will be able to force Prindle to the mat to open up a submission. I see Thiago Santos winning by rear-naked choke.

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