Eric Prindle

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Eric Prindle
Born (1976-08-30) August 30, 1976 (age 42)
Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Other namesThe American Soldier
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight276.9 lb (125.6 kg; 19.78 st)
Super Heavyweight
Reach79 in (201 cm)
Fighting out ofPrescott, Arizona, United States
Average Joes MMA
Years active2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission3
By decision2
By knockout4
By submission3
By decision1
By disqualification1
No contests1
Other information
UniversityYavapai College
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Eric Prindle (born August 30, 1976) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2008, Prindle has previously competed in Bellator MMA and was the Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament Winner.


Prindle was born in Erie, Pennsylvania but grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and Honolulu, Hawaii. Having developed a passion for combat sports from a young age, Prindle competed in kickboxing, winning two amateur bouts at the age of 12 against opponents twice his age and much larger than himself.

At the age of 18, Prindle enlisted into the United States Army as a weapons specialist and competed in amateur boxing, where he found a wealth of success, going on to win various tournaments, become a five-time All-Army Champion, a four-time Armed Forces Champion, and in all compiled over 100 amateur fights during his time of service. He was with special forces and with the 101st Airborne division. In 2004, Prindle's military career ended. He suffered injuries as a soldier and believes that with the benefits Martial Arts has to offer, it helps him mentally subside the injuries and mental trauma he acquired serving his country.

After taking some time off to be with his family, Prindle transitioned into mixed martial arts and has trained at Erik Paulsons school in California for STX and CSW as well as training on his own and at Average Joes MMA in AZ.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Prindle made his professional debut in 2008 against veteran Jimmy Ambriz and was defeated via submission. However, Prindle would go on to win his next four fights before being invited to compete in Bellator.


Eric made his Bellator debut in April 2011 at Bellator 40 where he defeated Josh Burns via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at the end of round two.[1] The fight took place on the MTV2 live broadcast.[2]

Prindle entered into the Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament.[3] His first fight was against Abe Wagner on October 1, 2011 at Bellator 52. Prindle won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

In the semifinal round, Prindle faced Ron Sparks at Bellator 56 and needed to just 40 seconds to KO him in order to advance to the finals.

Prindle faced Thiago Santos in the finals held at Bellator 59. The bout was ruled a No Contest after Santos kicked Prindle in the groin at 1:24 of the first round and Prindle was unable to continue.[4]

Prindle and Santos were scheduled to have a rematch at Bellator 61 on March 16, 2012.[5] However, on March 15, Bellator announced the fight had been pushed back a week to Bellator 62 due to Prindle having "flu-like symptoms."[6] A week later at the Bellator 62 weigh-ins, Santos weighed in 12 pounds overweight for the rescheduled rematch and the bout was called off.[7] Prindle was announced as the Season Five Heavyweight Tournament Winner.

Prindle competed in the Bellator Season Seven Heavyweight Tournament, where he faced Thiago Santos in their long awaited rematch in the quarter finals at Bellator 75.[8] He lost the fight in the final seconds of the first round by a disqualification after executing an axe kick to the groin of his grounded opponent.

Prindle was expected to fight Brett Rogers at Bellator 93 on March 21, 2013. However, the bout was cancelled when Prindle pulled out.[9]

In Prindle's next bout with Bellator, he faced Australian Peter Graham at Bellator 104. Prindle lost a hard-fought unanimous decision.[10]

Prindle next fought Javy Ayala at Bellator 111 on March 7, 2014. He lost the fight via TKO at 2:05 in the third round.[11]

Prindle's next fight was against PRIDE veteran James Thompson at Bellator 121 on June 6, 2014. Prindle lost via TKO in the first round.[12]

On June 25, 2014, it was announced that Prindle was released from the promotion, along with 18 other fighters.[13]


Prindle made his return at Pancrase 269 on August 9, 2015. His opponent was Mitsuyoshi Nakai and he won the fight via TKO in the second round. Prindle had a rematch with Nakai on November 28, 2015 and won the fight this time via submission in the first round.

Bare knuckle boxing[edit]

Prindle faced Sam Shewmaker at a Bare Knuckle FC event held on June 2, 2018. He lost the fight via knockout just 18 seconds into the first round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–9 (1) Evgeny Erokhin TKO (punches) Far Eastern Federation of Modern Pankration 204 November 5, 2016 1 4:31 Vladivostok, Russia Open Weight bout.
Loss 11–8 (1) Paul Buentello KO (punch) Abu Dhabi Warriors 4 May 24, 2016 1 1:04 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 11–7 (1) Maurice Jackson Submission (kimura) MCF 11 March 19, 2016 1 2:39 Nebraska, United States Catchweight (275 lbs) bout.
Win 10–7 (1) Mitsuyoshi Nakai Submission (americana) Pancrase 272 November 28, 2015 1 1:59 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Open Weight bout.
Win 9–7 (1) Mitsuyoshi Nakai TKO (punches) Pancrase 269 August 9, 2015 2 0:40 Tokyo, Japan Open Weight bout.
Loss 8–7 (1) Brandon Cash Submission (punches) The Warriors Cage 22 June 26, 2015 1 2:18 Porterville, California, United States Super Heavyweight bout.
Loss 8–6 (1) James Thompson TKO (punches) Bellator 121 June 6, 2014 1 1:55 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 8–5 (1) Javy Ayala TKO (punches) Bellator 111 March 7, 2014 3 2:05 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 8–4 (1) Peter Graham Decision (unanimous) Bellator 104 October 18, 2013 3 5:00 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win 8–3 (1) Vince Lucero TKO (punches) Imperio MMA June 15, 2013 1 0:12 Tampico, Mexico
Loss 7–3 (1) Thiago Santos DQ (groin kick) Bellator 75 October 5, 2012 1 4:54 Hammond, Indiana, United States Bellator Season Seven Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 7–2 (1) Cole Konrad Submission (kimura) Bellator 70 May 25, 2012 1 1:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States For Bellator Heavyweight Championship.
NC 7–1 (1) Thiago Santos No Contest (groin axe kick) Bellator 59 November 26, 2011 1 1:24 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament Final; NC after groin kick.
Win 7–1 Ron Sparks KO (punch) Bellator 56 October 29, 2011 1 0:40 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 6–1 Abe Wagner Decision (unanimous) Bellator 52 October 1, 2011 3 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 5–1 Josh Burns TKO (doctor stoppage) Bellator 40 April 9, 2011 2 5:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 4–1 Steve Whitey TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: Royal Flush October 24, 2010 1 1:30 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 3–1 Chris Barnett Decision (majority) Martial Combat 12 October 16, 2010 3 5:00 Sentosa, Singapore
Win 2–1 Brad Tidwell TKO (punches) FFI: Blood and Sand 7 April 4, 2009 3 N/A Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 1–1 Johnathan Tsosie Submission (punches) Rage in the Cage 112 July 26, 2008 1 0:24 Prescott, Arizona, United States
Loss 0–1 Jimmy Ambriz Submission (north-south choke) Rage in the Cage 110 May 31, 2008 1 1:31 Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Bare knuckle record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1 Sam Shewmaker KO (punch) Bare Knuckle FC1 June 2, 2018 1 0:18 Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
  2. ^ "Askren Funks Thompson; Hieron, Chandler Advance at Bellator 40". Sherdog.
  3. ^ Ed Kapp. "Bellator". Bleacher Report.
  4. ^ "Bellator 59 results: Dantas claims tourney crown; Prindle-Santos a no contest". 2011-11-27.
  5. ^ "Louisiana hosts Bellator 61, heavyweight tourney finale rematch". Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  6. ^ "Bellator 61 headliner Eric Prindle scratches with flu-like symptoms, pushed to Bellator 62". Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  7. ^ "Bellator 62 Weigh-in Results: 'Big Monster' Overweight, Heavyweight Tourney Final Scrapped". Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-10-05. Eight Heavyweights Invade Horseshoe Casino Hammond at Bellator 75 on October 5
  9. ^ "Brett Rogers vs. Eric Prindle Bellator 93 Heavyweigh Tilt Scrapped". March 20, 2013.
  10. ^ "Bellator 104 results: Hawn vs. Weedman". October 18, 2013.
  11. ^ "Bellator 111 results: Dantas vs. Leone". March 7, 2014.
  12. ^ "Bellator 121 Results: Prindle vs. Thompson". June 6, 2014.
  13. ^ "Eric Prindle among 19 fighters released from Bellator". Retrieved June 25, 2014.

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