bellator 121

Bellator 121: Prindle vs Thompson, 6 June 2014, Oklahoma, USA

 Main Card 

James Thompson def Eric Prindle*
(TKO punches – round 1, 1:55)

 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def Terry Davinney*
(rear-naked choke – round 1, 4:16)
Philipe Lins def Austen  Heidlage
(light heavyweight tournament opening round)

(rear-naked choke – round 1, 2:45)
Egidijus Valavicius def Carlos Eduardo
(light heavyweight tournament opening round)
(split decision – 28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card

Stephen Banaszak vs Treston Thomison
Joe Vedepo def Cortez Coleman
(majority decision 28-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Kelly Anundson def Rodney Wallace*
(light heavyweight tournament opening round)
(unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Ray Sloan def Jamelle Jones
(rear-naked choke – round 1, 0:48)
Bubba McDaniel def Matt Jones
(unanimous decision 30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Steve Garcia def Cody Walker
(KO punch – round 1, 0:39)
WIlliam Florentino def Guillermo Martinez Ayme
(split decision 28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights
Continue reading for which fights you must see and why!

Thierry Sokoudjou vs Terry Davinney
We at Cage Inspiration have been long time fans of Thierry Sokoudjou. He is able to make his stalky frame seem almost elegant with his smooth kickboxing style of MMA. An incredible Judo competitor we have seen Thierry Sokoudjou in Pride, KSW, Strikeforce, and the UFC. He is an awesome fighter to watch. He has a spectacular TKO win over Ricardo Arona, A surprising KO win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. He also has multiple other TKO and KO wins. His losses are also fun to watch. His most famous loss to Lyoto Machida. His loss to Renato Sobral – just watching a huge Camaroonian submitted via d’arce choke is entertaining in itself.  Most recently Sokoudjou has been fighting in Russia and it is good to see him back under a more internationally known promotion in Bellator.

Kelly Anundson vs Rodney Wallace
So Kelly Anundson is a huge light heavyweight. He is a mean looking individual training out of American Top Team. Despite his appearances, he is a submission artist and has finished almost all his fights by submission. Rodney Wallace on the other hand is a veteran of the game. We first started taking note of Rodney Wallace when he lost to Brian Stann in 2009. This is not only an interesting match up given the difference in the experience level and Kelly’s tendency towards submissions. This is also an interesting fight for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament. We would love to see Kelly Anundson do well (just based off looks). But if Rodney Wallace wins, he has already beat Carlos Eduardo (also competing in the light heavyweight tournament). Interesting to see how this tournament turns out.

Eric Prindle vs James Thompson
Eric Prindle and James Thompson are both behemoth sized heavyweight fighters. Both fighters have won nearly all their fights by KO or TKO. James Thompson has a bit more experience since his days in Pride. He has also faced tougher opponents such as Allistair Overeem, Don Frye, and John-Olav Einemo. We at Cage Inspiration are not looking for anything in this fight except two large men trying to take each others head off. What’s not to love about that!