“The more I sweat in training, the less I bleed in battle.”

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Article By Phil Lanides

Superheavyweights Shane Smith and Eric Prindle will face off at “Royal Flush” this Sunday during the “Extreme Sports Festival,” presented by Tedd Williams and Soboba Casino. At stake will be the next step in their respective careers, as well as the number one contender’s spot in their division. Smith will have his hands full with Prindle, whose nickname is “American Soldier.”

Eric Prindle is a massive fighter who has trained with UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Check out Prindle’s bio from his website:

“Eric was born on August 30, 1976 in Erie, Pennsylvania and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and Honolulu, Hawaii. At 12 years of age, Eric had two amateur kickboxing fights against men twice his age and dominated the ring. At the age of 18, Eric went into the Army as a tow-gunner (weapons specialist), where he graduated from most of the schools the Army had to offer. In 1999 he won the battalion boxing smoker with the 101st Air Borne division at Fort Campbell Kentucky. He ended up winning the boxing division for the superheavyweight title. He did all of this while not knowing there was an army boxing scout watching. He was then invited to the All Army Box-Off’s where he won once again in the superheavyweight division. He was then invited to become the superheavyweight boxer for the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) with the Army at Fort Carson Colorado. During his time with WCAP (2001-2004) he went on to become the 5-time All Army Champion and 4-time Armed Forces Champion traveling all over the United States and earning himself well over 100 amateur boxing fights. Because of the success of Eric and that of the WCAP boxing team they were invited to compete at the international boxing championship in Ireland in 2002.

Eric ended his career with the Army in 2004. After taking four years off to devote his time to his children and wife, he decided it was time to jump back into the ring and start a brand new career in the MMA world. After training and fighting for a continual year he’s had three professional fights, winning two and losing the other. His loss to a seasoned belt-holder (after training for less than 3 months) taught Eric how every aspect of the MMA fighting world (not just boxing) is critical to becoming successful in this sport. Now knowing he needed more than boxing skills to rely on, Eric has evolved his ground game and martial arts skills while maintaining his boxing skills to a competitive standard.”

Regardless of what happens Sunday, it’s going to be exciting!



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