Bellator Fighting Championships 59 took place on November 26 2011 at Caesar’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The main event was the season five heaveyweight tournament final between Eric Prindle and Thiagle Santos. Let me tell you this fight did not last long. Santos took Prindle down twice then elected to fight on his feet. Then Santos gives Prindle a swift soccer kick right to his groin. The strike was definitely not the worst groin shot I have ever seen, not even close. Prindle ends up taking the full 5 minutes he is allowed to recover then tells the ref he feels like he is going to through up and the fight is declared a no contest at 1:24 of the first round. I was pumped for this fight but it ended in total disappointment. They showed the strike from many angles and he should have been able to continue. Bellator however is scheduling a rematch between Prindle and Santos which will take place sometime in early 2012. Bellator certainly did not want this to be the conclusion of season 5 as this was the main event. The sad thing was this was not the only disappointment on the card.
In the co-main event Kurt Pellegrino (a New Jersey Native) and UFC veteran with 12 UFC fights faced off against the always dangerous Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in a mma lightweight match.
Pellegrino had come out of retirement for this bought but it sure didnt last long. Patricky came out and landed a 1 – 2 punch combo that dropped Pellegrino. Pellegrino did the best he could to stay in the fight by grabbing a leg and closing the distance while hoping to clear the cobwebs out of his head. The ref jumps in and stops the fight when Pellegrino doesn’t look like he is in any danger at all. This really pissed the crowd off as the boo’s started pouring out from the crowd. The terrible stoppage tarnished what would have been a staple in the Pitbulls career.