Bellator’s 2014 Summer Series will kick off on June 6th at the Winstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The promotion has announced the full 4-fight main card airing on Spike TV for Bellator 121. Featured on the card are two international fighters with recognizable names making their respective Bellator debuts.
The card took a major hit when it was announced yesterday that the scheduled main event between Bellator featherweight champion, Pat Curran and challenger Patricio “Pitbull” Freire was cancelled due to Curran suffering a calf injury.
The new headliner for the event will be a heavyweight featured bout between Eric Prindle taking on the debuting James Thompson.
James “The Colossus” Thompson (19-14) has been competing all over the world since 2003, and holds career wins over legends Dan Severn, Don Frye, and Hidehiko Yoshida. He comes into Bellator on a 5-fight unbeaten streak that includes wins over Mariusz Pudzianowski, Bob Sapp, and Bobby Lashley. The 35 year old British heavyweight has won 17 of his 19 fights by stoppage, conversely he has been stopped 13 times in his 14 losses—including 11 knockouts.
Eric Prindle (8-5) is a former Bellator tournament finalist and title challenger, he comes into this fight on a losing skid—having lost 4 of his last 5 bouts. Prior to that, Prindle had won 6 straight bouts including his first 3 in Bellator. “The American Soldier” has won 5 of his 8 bouts via knockout.
Also featured on the card is newly signed “The African Assassin” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (14-12) making his Bellator debut against Terry Davinney (10-6).
Sokoudjou makes his debut coming off back to back losses against competition in Russia. The former Pride standout had a promising start to his career with knockout wins over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona, but has not been able to capitalize on his early success. Sokoudjou has 9 knockout wins, but has also suffered 8 knockout losses.
His opponent will be Terry Davinney, who had a successful Bellator debut—knocking out Matt Van Buren at Bellator 82. He returns to the promotion 19 months later, to compete in his 2nd fight. Davinney had his 4-fight win streak snapped in his latest fight losing by submission to Ray Lopez.
Rounding out the main card is two light heavyweight tournament bouts pitting, Austen Heidlage vs Philipe Lins, and Edgidijus Valavicius vs Carlos Eduardo.
It will be a battle of undefeated fighters in one of the quarterfinal tournament bouts, as Austen Heidlage (7-0) will make his Bellator debut. The 24 year old American has finished all 7 of his wins, 6 by way of 1st round submission.
Opposite Heidlade will be Philipe Lins (8-0), who extended his undefeated record in his Bellator debut, defeating Travis Clark by submission in 40 seconds at Bellator 116. The Brazilian has 4 wins via (T)KO and 2 via submission.
Edgidijus Valavicius (26-10) had an impressive Bellator debut, knocking out opponent Atanas Djambazov in just 48 seconds at Bellator 110. The Lithuanian has won 8 of his last 9 bouts including 7 finishes.
Carlos Eduardo (11-3) went 1-1 in Bellator, with a submission win over Wayman Carter in his debut, followed by a decision loss to Rodney Wallace—snapping his 9-fight win streak. The Nova Uniao trained “Cachorrao” has won by stoppage in 9 of his 11 victories. One of his 3 losses came against current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, early on in his career.
The 8-man light heavyweight tournament already has 1 semifinalist in Liam McGeary, when he defeated Mike Mucitelli via first round knockout at Bellator 118.
- James Thompson vs. Eric Prindle
- Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Terry Davinney
- Austen Heidlage vs. Philipe Lins
- Edgidijus Valavicius vs. Carlos Eduardo
- Joe Vedepo vs. Cortez Coleman
- Rodney Wallace vs. Kelly Anundson
- Jamelle Jones vs. Ray Sloan
- Bubba McDaniel vs. Matt Jones
- Steve Garcia vs. Cody Walker
- William Florentino vs. Guillermo Ayme