Bellator 121 will be the encore to the first and very successful PPV offering from the greatest tournament in sports, Bellator 120 which saw Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeat King Mo via unanimous decision to win the latest Light Heavyweight tournament and secure a shot at the Bellator 205 pound gold.
To follow up the monumentous event will be a monsterous event.
Two 6 foot 5, 265 pound mammoths will enter the Bellator cage Friday night when “The Colossus” James Thompson (19-14) looks to trample 8 time Bellator vet and former Bellator heavyweight number 1 contender, Eric Prindle (8-5).
Colossus in the comic books was an X man, who was viewed as physically the strongest on the team for his ability to switch to his metallic form and to finish any job at hand. In real life, James Thompson likes to get the the job done by finishing opponents before the final bell, having 17 of his 19 wins come by way of stoppage.
But maybe the best of Thompson’s abilities have yet to be seen.
“My training for this fight has been very good, I know that’s the old thing to say. But wait and see come Friday night, I’m easily in the best condition of my life and I’m ready to be in the main event of Bellator 121. I’m 35 and I’ve stopped the nonsense, I’ve dieted better and I’m more knowledgeable. I’ve got a long way to go after this fight but I’m excited to show Bellator fans what Colossus has learned.”
James has been in such big name promotions like Pride, Cage Rage, Sengoku, Elite XC and KSW. He’s also fought some famously named opponents.
“Bob Sapp was an exciting fight in India for me.”
Thompson fought the japanese pro wrestling superstar, Sapp to headline the first ever event for Super Fight League and won via leg injury succumbed by Bob.
“I don’t think Sapp was excited, he’s a great guy but I’m glad he retired because he wasn’t excited to fight anymore. The fight I had with Lashley was way better.”
James defeated pro wrestler Bobby Lashley at the second SFL event by way of unanimous decision.
“It was a very close fight, and my cardio was good, my plan was to stop him from taking me down and beat him standing. Like I said the fight was close but I gained the edge by way of dirty boxing.”
Thompson also had back-to-back fights with 5 time World’s Strongest Man, Mariuz Pudzianowski at KSW.
“Maybe if Bellator brought him over we’d have a rubber match, but I had to go WWE style on KSW because of the second fight.”
The first time the pair met, Thompson won via arn-triangle choke. The second bout was originally awarded a unanimous decision from the Polish promotion to the Polish fighter, Mariuz. At KSW there are 2 rounds and if tied the bout goes to a third.
“It was a close fight, but I thought I’d at least get a third round.”
“When the ref came to my corner after the 2nd round and said they had a decision, I almost started celebrating, but then I knew it wasn’t going to come easy, so I grabbed the mic and gave them a piece of my mind. However one judge scored the bout wrong so the decision was a no-contest. Let’s just say I won’t receive a Christmas card from KSW anytime soon.”
Most opponents have to look up to James, height wise.
Prindle will be seeing Thompson, eye-to-eye.
“I’m not worried about height, he’s a big lump and I’m a big lump, but I’ve lost a lot of weight. If I keep the fight moving then I can finish him. My cardio is the best it has been and I know if I dictate a fast pace he won’t be able to keep up with me.”
James has been sparring with Linton Vassell who’s undefeated in Bellator competition and 6 time heavyweight boxing champion, Matt Skelton to prepare him for the June 6th main event.
Thompson feels he will definitely be in the next Bellator heavyweight tournament after he outpoints Prindle.
“I’m trying not to get ahead of myself because Prindle is dangerous and can end fights with one punch. But I will be in the next Bellator Heavyweight Tournament, I plan on doing some damage to Eric. It will be a standup fight, but once he shows me a gap in his game, he will hit the floor. I will beat him by brutalization.”