April 10, 2012 12:15:12 PM
Champ Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle off Bellator 65, moved to Bellator 70
This week's Bellator 65 event has lost a title fight.
A fight between heavyweight champion Cole Konrad (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC) and de facto tournament winner Eric Prindle (7-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) has been moved to Bellator 70 on May 25.
Prindle, who suffered a hand injury, today tweeted news of the change.
Bellator 65 takes place Friday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Konrad vs. Prindle was expected to join Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky (14-2 MMA, 6-0 BFC) and fellow headliner Eduardo Dantas (13-2 MMA, 3-0 BFC) on the MTV2-televised main card.
Instead, it'll take place next month at a currently unannounced Bellator 70 show.
The title fight came about after two meetings between season-five tournament finalists Prindle and Thiago Santos were scrapped in recent weeks.
Prindle and Santos first fought at Bellator 59, where the tourney championship went unresolved after Santos accidentally kicked his opponent in the groin. With Prindle unable to continue, the fight was rebooked for Bellator 61 this past month. However, Prindle suffered from flu-like symptoms, and the fight was postponed a week. Then at Bellator 62 weigh-ins, Santos failed to make weight, and Prindle was declared the tournament champion.
Konrad hasn't fought since August, when he earned a unanimous-decision victory over Paul Buentello in a non-title fight. Prior to that, the two-time NCAA Division I national champion and current Team DeathClutch fighter won Bellator's season-three tournament with victories over Rogent Lloret, Damian Grabowski and Neil Grove. That earned him Bellator's inaugural heavyweight title.
Before the Santos fiasco, Prindle advanced to the season-five tourney finale with victories over Abe Wagner and Ron Sparks. It was part of a seven-fight win streak that followed his pro-debut loss to Jimmy Ambriz in 2008.Source: mmajunkie.com
September 16, 2010 9:21:48 PM
Cole Konrad grinds out decision over Damian Grabowski
In the second Bellator Heavyweight Tournament semi-final, former NCAA wrestling champion Cole Konrad would face dangerous Polish fighter Damian Grabowski.
It took less than five seconds for Konrad to land a massive double leg takedown. Konrad would work from side control for half the round before Grabowski would recover half guard. Konrad continued to work from the position, opening a cut over Grabowski’s left eye.
The second round saw Konrad score another takedown thirty seconds into the round. With little action from Grabowski’s half guard, the fighters were stood up. Grabowski shot for a takedown, only to get taken down himself. Konrad worked for a kimura along the cage, but Grabowski was able to survive the round.
Konrad opened the final round with yet another takedown, this time ending up in Grabowski’s guard. Grabowski managed to get back to his feet for the first time in the bout. Grabowski would land a trip takedown of his own, and attempted a guillotine, which Konrad would escape. Konrad scored another takedown with two minutes left in the round, but did little from the half guard, and the referee stood the fighters up yet again. Konrad’s final takedown would come with a minute left in the fight, sealing the fight and a spot in the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament final against Neil Grove.
The judges scored the bout 30-26. 30-27, 30-27 for Konrad.Source: mmadiehards.com
September 12, 2010 5:45:14 PM
Damian Grabowski faces Cole Konrad at Bellator 29
Bellator Fighting Championships officially confirmed today that undefeated Damian "Polish Pitbull" Grabowski (13-0) will take on 2-time NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Cole "The Polar Bear" Konrad (5-0) in a Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament fight taking place at Bellator 29 from the historic Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sept. 16th.
Bellator 29 will mark the first nationally televised, sanctioned MMA event to take place in the state of Wisconsin.Source: www.bellator.com
August 19, 2010 9:36:30 PM
Damian Grabowski Takes Unanimous Decision Over Scott Barrett
The night of unanimous decisions continued at Bellator 25 with Polish heavyweight Damian Grabowski earning a 30-27 unanimous nod over Scott Barrett to advance in Bellator's heavyweight tournament. Barrett started off the fight strong, outwrestling Grabowski and scoring takedowns. As the fight wears on, Barrett tires and eventually leaves himself open to heavy punishment from Grabowski in the third round. Despite first and second stanzas that could arguably have gone in Barrett's favor, it's Grabowski who claims the win with three scores of 30-27.Source: www.mmafighting.com
July 27, 2010 11:35:41 AM
Cole Konrad vs. Rogent Lloret Heavyweight Tourney Fight Set for Bellator 25
Bellator officials today announced another opening round match-up for the season three heavyweight tournament.
Two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion Cole Konrad (4-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC) will face M-1 veteran Rogent Lloret (9-1-1) at Bellator 25 in Chicago, Illinois on Aug. 19.
Konrad has already posted two victories within the Bellator organization, going the distance against Pat Bennett and John Orr. Lloret is undefeated in his last eight fights with seven wins and a draw and will be making his Bellator debut.
The heavyweight tournament match-up is one of two on the evening's card, joining Damian Grabowski vs. Scott Barrett. The Bellator 25 lineup also features Brad Blackburn against Dan Hornbuckle in non-tournament action and an opening round bout between Jessica Pene and Zoila Frausto in the women's 115-pound tournament.Source: mmajunkie.com