Bellator 62 Preliminary Card Features Host of Local Talent on March 23 from Laredo Energy Arena

Written by: Eddie Goldman
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From Bellator FightingChampionships:

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 20, 2012) —Bellator Fighting Championships returns to Texas for the first time since thepromotion’s third season as Bellator 62 kicks off from the Laredo Energy Arenaon March 23. The night features the long-awaited rematch between "TheAmerican Soldier" Eric Prindle (@EricPrindleMMA) and Thiago "BigMonster" Santos (@BigMonsterMMA) to determine a winner from last season’sheavyweight tournament, as well as the quarterfinals of Bellator’s $100,000Season 6 Lightweight Tournament and a host of Texas’ top MMA talent.

Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased online or by visiting The Laredo Energy Arena Box Office. Tickets arepriced from $22-$120. The event will also be broadcast LIVE starting at 7 p.m.CST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. CST,with the first fight scheduled for 6 p.m. CST. The preliminary card, featuringthe area’s top talent will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world starting at 6 p.m. CST.

Laredo favorite Sonny Luque is back after being away from the cage for over ayear. He’ll meet Brownsville native Luis Vega, who enters the fight with animpressive 7-2 record and brings a six fight win streak into the cage.

The always inspirational Rad Martinez is back with Bellator and will be in afeatherweight battle with Amarillo native Douglas Frey. A dedicated family man,many MMA observers are familiar with Martinez after his incredible journey wasdocumented on ESPN’s "Outside the Lines." Click here to see more onRad’s incredible story.

Cosmo "Good Boy" Alexander looks to continue his ascent up the MMAranks with a victory in Laredo. Alexander is known for his world classkickboxing, and will put his skills on display against El Paso native Oscar dela Parra in a lightweight affair.

Welterweights collide as Joseph Daily is set to battle Dallas native Sean"Black Magik" Spencer. Both 170 pounders have been climbing up thewelterweight rankings, and will be looking to keep their momentum intact.

McKinney native Steven Peterson is ready for action as he steps into theBellator cage against Dallas resident Chris Jones. Both impressivefeatherweights hold identical 6-1 records.

Two familiar faces return as lightweights Jacob Kirwan and Dave Jansen dobattle. Kirwin is coming off an impressive victory at Bellator 54, while Jansenis 2-0 in his Bellator career, including a dominating submission victory atBellator 57 over Ashkan Morvari.

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