Eric Prindle was hoping to go home with a shot at Bellator heavyweight champ Cole Konrad Saturday night, instead, all he ended up with was a swollen testicle.
Prindle faced Thiago Santos in the main event of Bellator 59 in the Bellator season five heavyweight tournament final and barely got a chance to go to work before taking a shot to the groin that eventually forced the end of the fight. While on his back, Prindle took a kick to the crotch from a standing Santos that halted the action and then the fight; the short kick between the legs was determined to be accidental and so the fight was ruled a No Contest.
The kick didn’t look brutal, but it did enough damage, causing considerable swelling to Prindle’s nether-region and raising enough concern that The American Soldier went back to the doctor today for a follow-up. The 35-year-old isn’t losing too much sleep over the fight’s outcome or the illegal blow – as Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has already declared an immediate rematch with the same stakes: a shot at the title – but he told MMAJunkie recently that he has a hard time looking back at the fight and deeming Santos’ actions anything other than purposeful.
“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.”
Take a look at the video of the fight below (with the illegal, fight-ending blow coming around the 48 second mark) and see for yourself if you think the blow was purposeful or not. Let us know what you conclude in the comments section.