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Santos Misses Weight, Prindle Named Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Champion

Eric Prindle. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Thiago Santos missed weight by twelve pounds on Thursday evening and another planned Bellator heavyweight tournament final meeting between Santos and Eric Prindle has yet again been scrapped. 

Following the weigh-ins for Bellator 62, multiple outlets are now reporting Prindle was declared the season-five heavyweight tourney winner and will now meet reigning heavyweight title holder Cole Konrad later this year. The switch in plans comes just a week after a matchup between Santos and Prindle was postponed due to Prindle reportedly being ill.

However, rumors circulated that even thoug Prindle had flu-like symptoms, Santos was having trouble cutting weight and would never have made the heavyweight limit if the fight did go forward. thus today's results.

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Report: Alvarez vs. Aoki Set for April 20

Shinya Aoki. Photo courtesy of FEG.

A much-anticipated rematch between former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and reigning DREAM 155 lb. king Shinya Aoki has reportedly been targeted for Bellator 66 on April 20. A venue and location for the bout has yet to have been announced.

The news comes from MMA Junkie, citing sources close to the event. Both fighters have agreed to the bout and contracts are expected to be finalized in the coming days.

Alvarez and Aoki first clashed at K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 in Japan, where Aoki forced Alvarez to tap from a heel hook just over a minute and a half into their bout. Rumors of a rematch have been swirling for about a year now, but talks between both parties seemed to have heated up in recent months.

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Eddie Alvarez Unhappy With Bellator Direction, Wants Chandler Rematch

Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of DREAM.

Former Bellator lightweight king Eddie Alvarez has voiced his frustration over his current situation with Bellator and continued to do so over the weekend. According to Alvarez, Bellator officials are adamant that he would have enter and make his way through another  tournament in order to get another crack at new champion Michael Chandler, who upset Alvarez in November of one of last year's best fights.

“I’m definitely not happy with the decision of putting me back into the tournament and having me do all that. I feel like if I went out and I fought Mike Chandler and he just completely dominated, I could understand them saying, ‘alright go back to the tournament, go back to the drawing board, and work your way up.’  I sort of look at it like you work your way up the corporate ladder and you show up 15 minutes late for work one day and you drove me back to the mail room.”

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“I put more effort and more love into the promotion and I expected a little bit better back, but it is what it is and I understand the business.  I’m just glad that they were able to get Aoki over here so that I can avenge my loss. When the fans scream for a rematch because it was Fight of the Year and when it doesn’t happen, I’m kind of sad about that.”

Alvarez says that he has "eight or nine months or one or two fights" left on his Bellator deal. With an entry into the tournament fold highly unlikely, it looks like a rematch against Aoki and another superfight before Eddie jumps over to the UFC.

The Daily Recap: White Guarantees MMA in NY in 2012, TUF Brazil to Air on FUEL TV & More

UFC President Dana White. Photo courtesy of Playboy Magazine.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— According to UFC President Dana White, the UFC will make its debut in New York before the end of the new year, guaranteed. "We're so close. It's going to happen, and I guarantee you it's going to happen this year. It's going to depend on when it happens, timing and everything else, but obviously, it would be nice to go in there with, probably, Jon Jones." [MMA Fight Corner]

— The first edition of the long-running reality show to not take place in the United States, "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" will likely air on FUEL TV and will debut on March 9 on its new home of FX. UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will coach opposite former featherweight king Urijah Faber as they lead a group of lightweight fighters towards a six-figure UFC contract. [MMA Fighting]

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The Daily Recap: Semtex-Misaki Meet at March Strikeforce, Ueda Narrowly Wins Shooto Farewell & More

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Well-traveled veterans Paul "Semtex" Daley and Kazuo Misaski have signed on to face each other on the main card of Strikeforce's scheduled March 3 event at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Daley returns to Strikeforce after winning  two straight fights outside of the organization. His opponent, Misaki last defeated Akira Shoji via second-round TKO at DEEP's 53rd Impact event last April. [Strikeforce.com]

— In his last bout before taking a spot in Bellator's upcoming eight-man bantamweight tourney this spring, former Shooto 132 lb. champion Masakatsu Ueda edged out heralded prospect Kyoji Horiguchi and took home a majority decision at Shooto's "Survivor Tournament Final" event on Sunday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. [Sherdog]

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The Daily Recap: UFC 141 PPV Buys Estimated at 750,000, Two UFC Vets to Bellator & More

Brock Lesnar. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Dave Meltzer and his Wrestling Observer Newsletter has released an estimate of pay-per-view buys for last weekend's UFC 141 event, which was headlined by Alistair Overeem sending Brock Lesnar into retirement with a first-round TKO win. According to Meltzer, the official number of buys hovers somewhere in between the 750,000 and 810,000 mark, which is good news for the UFC since it has been a down year in sales. Meltzer also added that if the event took place on New Year's Eve, buys could have exceeded one million. [Bloody Elbow via F4W]

— UFC veterans Brian Foster and Jon Madsen have both reportedly been booked to participate in Bellator's upcoming respective welterweight and heavyweight tournaments later this year. Foster will participate in an eight-man 170 lb tourney starting in March while Madsen is expected to be a contender in a field of heavyweights in the second half of 2012. [Sherdog & MMA Junkie]

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War Machine Enters Bellator Field

War Machine. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

War Machine, the fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, has once again joined the Bellator Fighting Championships ranks after being originally released by the promotion following disparaging political comments two years ago.

The "TUF" product is coming off of an impressive stoppage of fellow UFC veteran Roger Huerta in a return bout last month, the first time War Machine fought since before being incarcerated for over a year.

“Jon’s not had an easy road,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a press release to the media. “And there’s no doubt he’s made some poor choices, but after having had conversations with him since his release, he really seems to understand where and why things went wrong and wants to make them right. And, when he’s focused on nothing but training and fighting, he’s a talented and exciting fighter. I hope he’s able to turn this second chance into something positive.”

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“Pitbull” Injured, Curran to Face Warren for Bellator Featherweight Belt

Joe Warren. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

CHICAGO, Ill.  — After a tournament run that included dominating victories over a trio of top competitors, Bellator Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Winner Pat Curran rightly earned his title shot and will take on reigning Featherweight Champion and self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on The Planet” Joe Warren early in 2012..

Originally, Patricio Pitbull was scheduled to face Joe Warren, as the explosive Brazilian secured his title shot with a Season 4 Featherweight Tournament win. But Pitbull suffered a hand injury, and just recently elected for surgery that will keep him out of the gym for 3 months. With the delay, Curran’s title shot has been moved up. Once healed, Pitbull will face the winner of the Curran-Warren Championship fight.

“The timing worked out here,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “To be able to temporarily lose a fighter such as Patricio Pitbull and then to be able to plug in another deserving title contender, Tournament winner and top five Featherweight in Pat Curran is a testament to the depth of our featherweight division.”

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The Daily Recap: ProElite Announces Six Bouts for Second Event, Castillo-Bailey at UFC 139 & More

Tim Sylvia. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— ProElite has announced a total of six bouts for their scheduled second event on November 5 in Moline, IL following their relaunch earlier this year. Headlining the card will be a pair of former UFC heavyweight champions as Andrei Arlovski battle longtime veteran Travis Fulton and Tim Sylvia takes on German mainstay Andreas Kraniotakes. An eight-man heavyweight prospect tournament also kicks off, spearheaded by former NCAA wrestling champion Mark Ellis. [ProElite.com]

— A lightweight tussle between Team Alpha Male member Danny Castillo and "Ultimate Fighter 13" alumnus Shamar Bailey has been inked for UFC 139, which takes place on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Castillo recently had a three-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Jacob Volkmann via unanimous decision at UFC on Versus 5 in August. Bailey also fell to one-time lightweight contender Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 25 last month as well. [Twitter.com/UFC]

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Alvarez Injured, Chandler Title Bout Postponed

Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of AlvarezFight.com.

CHICAGO, Ill. (September 20, 2011) — Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that reigning Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has suffered an injury that will force the title holder off of the October 15th card at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

The Philadelphia fighter was scheduled to square off against Season 4 Lightweight Tournament winner Michael Chandler in a Bellator Lightweight title fight. The fight has yet to be rescheduled, but the possibility remains for a title fight later this season.

“Eddie suffered an injury that will keep him out of our October 15th show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Eddie Alvarez has a huge heart and if there was any way for him to fight on the 15th, I know he would.  Ed’s in spectacular condition, so both of us are hopeful that this fight can potentially still occur later this fall.”

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