Bellator 121: Prindle vs. Thompson goes down tonight from the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, with a heavyweight slobber-knocker that pits Eric Prindle vs. James Thompson in the headlining role. The four-fight main card, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET on Spike TV, will also feature the promotional debut of light-heavyweight Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, who meets Terry Davinney, and the opening round of the Light-Heavyweight Tournament: Austin Heidlage vs. Philipe Lins and Carlos Eduardo vs. Egidijus Valavicius.
Bloody Elbow and Spike.com will stream the entire preliminary card live and free at 7:00 p.m. ET. Read the Bellator 121 preview here.
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Austen Heidlage vs. Philipe Lins -- LHW Tournament bout
Round 1: Heidlage opens with a low kick but the heaters Lin's throwing in response are cause for hesitation. Lins clinches up and hits an outside trip, instantly transitioning to back control. He cinches on the body triangle from back mount as Heidlage stands up. Heidlage leans back on the fence with Lins sandwiched in between, hand-fighting the choke off with a bored look. Lins locks his hands and wrenches a neck crank with his forearm across the jaw and Heidlage taps on his way to unconsciousness.
Philipe Lins defeats Austen Heidlage by submission (neck crank), Round 1
Round 1: Prindle lands a punch and two knees from the Thai plum before Thompson hits a body-lock takedown. Prindle uses the cage to push off and rolls into a foot-lock but Thompson spins out and into side control. Thompson is warned twice for shots to the back of the head in the ensuing volley of ground strikes -- make it a third time. Thompson continues to hammer away and Prindle does ... nothing, and the fight is stopped after a dozen unanswered blows.
- James Thompson defeats Eric Prindle by TKO (punches), Round 1
Round 1: Sokoudjou chops at Davinney's lead leg with a hard low kick, then lands what might've been an illegal knee after stuffing his double leg. Referee warns Sokoudjou for the knee and then for a borderline 12-6 elbow a moment later. Meanwhile, Sokoudjou surfs on the scrambling Davinney to maintain top position, but can't fend off Davinney's lift takedown. Sokoudjou warned again, this time for his placement of elbow strikes from guard.
Sokoudjou angles for an omaplata and then transitions to deep half guard, which allows him to sneak out the back door and retain top position. Sokoudjou absolutely hammers a series of thudding left hands into Davinney's grill in harmony with warnings from Hinds for Davinney to improve position. Sokoudjou stays on the trigger and mounts Davinney, then takes back control with both hooks in, keeping leather on his face until the opportunity for back mount and a rear-naked choke arises.
- Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou defeats Terry Davinney by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1
Carlos Eduardo vs. Egidijus Valavicius -- LHW Tournament bout
Round 1: Valavicius opens with a kick-heavy strategy until Eduardo takes him down 30 seconds in. Valavicius gets to his feet but Eduardo clings on in the rear waist cinch. Valavicius bravely rolls into a kneebar but settles for working his half guard after Eduardo stifles it and takes top position. Eduardo lands a few mild punches and again takes Valavicius's back when he tries to scramble out.
One hook in for Eduardo, who then plants Valavicius flat on his back and postures up in mount with a few punches. Now Valavicius hip bumps to make space and rolls on top and into Eduardo's closed guard. Valavicius is busier on top but doesn't have enough time to work. 10-9 Eduardo.
Round 2: Eduardo lobs a wide right to start the second. And another. Eduardo catches Valavicius' low kick and gets him down but he's back up immediately. Eduardo shoots a double but his lack of set up allows Valavicius to defend with underhooks. Referee Jason Herzog warns Valavicius for grabbing the fence, who swats Eduardo with a jab after they separate.
Eduardo hits a double halfway through the round but Valavicius is successful on his first sweep attempt, then disengages to restart on the feet. Eduardo counters the Valavicius jab with a crisp one-two. Valavicius discharges a quick burst of punches and finds the mark on a right hand. Valavicius counters nicely with alternating hooks and then drives Eduardo back with a four-punch combo that he closes with a left kick. Valavicius has a cut over his right eye, and the replay shows it was from an unintentional clash of heads. 10-9 Valavicius.
Round 3: Valavicius stuffs Eduardo's opening takedown but eats a left hand shortly after. Eduardo's next takedown is badly telegraphed and easily defended. Valavicius lands a pair of low kicks. Another level change with no set up from Eduardo, and Valavicius shrugs it off.
Valavicius whiffs with two punches but connects on the low kick that he closes with. Eduardo shoots another takedown and this time Valavicius crams a knee in his face with the single collar tie. Nice straight/hook combo lands for Eduardo but the wild right that follows does not. Again Valavicius sets up a hard low kick with punches. Superman punch and left hand land for Valavicius, who's found his timing in the final stanza. Another ugly takedown from Eduardo and he falls onto his back, unable to wave Valavicius down into his guard. 10-9 Valavicius. I have it 29-28 his way.
- Egidijus Valavicius defeats Carlos Eduardo by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x 2)
Preliminary Card (Bloody Elbow and Spike.com at 7:00 p.m. ET)
Stephen Banaszak vs. Treston Thomison
Joe Vedepo defeats Cortez Coleman by unanimous decision
Kelly Anundson defeats Rodney Wallace by unanimous decision
Ray Sloan defeats Jamelle Jones
Bubba McDaniel defeats Matt Jones by unanimous decision
Steve Garcia Cody Walker by KO (punch), Round 1
William Florentino Guillermo Martinez Ayme