|Born||August 30, 1976|
Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
|Other names||The American Soldier|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||276.9 lb (125.6 kg; 19.78 st)|
|Reach||79 in (201 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Prescott, Arizona, United States|
Average Joes MMA
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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
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.
Prindle entered into the Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament. His first fight was against Abe Wagner on October 1, 2011 at Bellator 52. Prindle won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.
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.
Prindle and Santos were scheduled to have a rematch at Bellator 61 on March 16, 2012. However, on March 15, Bellator announced the fight had been pushed back a week to Bellator 62 due to Prindle having "flu-like symptoms." 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. 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. 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.
On June 25, 2014, it was announced that Prindle was released from the promotion, along with 18 other fighters.
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
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
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||11 wins||9 losses|
|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
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0-1||Sam Shewmaker||KO (punch)||Bare Knuckle FC1||June 2, 2018||1||0:18||Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States|
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