The Bellator heavyweight title fight between Eric Prindle (7-1) and champion Cole Konrad (8-0) which was scheduled to take place Friday night at Bellator 65 in Atlantic City, has been postponed until May 25 at Bellator 70.
Prindle made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday. A Prindle hand injury has been reported as the reason for the change. An official location for the event has not yet been confirmed by the promotion, although Prindle cited “La” (Louisiana).
ProMMAnow.com’s attempts to contact Konrad and Bellator regarding the bout were not immediately returned.
Prindle won Bellator’s season five heavyweight tournament by taking out Abe Wagner, Ron Sparks, and most recently, Thiago Santos by default after he failed to make weight. Prindle and Santos originally fought back in November, however, the fight ended in a no-contest after Santos kicked Prindle in the groin in round one and he was unable to continue.
The Prindle-Santos rematch was scheduled for Bellator 61 in March but the bout was postponed a week after Prindle was said to be suffering from “flu-like symptoms” on the day of weigh-ins. Then at Bellator 62 Santos was unable to make weight thus forfeiting the bout and making Prindle the season five heavyweight tournament winner, $100,000 richer and next in line for a shot at Cole Konrad’s heavyweight strap.
Konrad won the Bellator heavyweight title back in 2010, becoming the promotion’s inaugural heavyweight champion after winning the season three heavyweight tournament. He has only fought once since then, winning a unanimous decision over Paul Buentello in a non-title fight in August 2011 at Bellator 48.