Bellator Fighting Championships heavyweight titlist Cole Konrad
Minnesota’s St. Paul Pioneer
Press first reported the news, and Sherdog.com confirmed the
development with a source close to the situation on Wednesday.
Konrad has reportedly taken a job as a financial trader with a
Minneapolis-based sales and marketing company and will specialize
in milk products, according to TwinCities.com.
Konrad, 28, exits the cage with an unbeaten record, having racked
up nine victories in his two-year pro career. A former NCAA
Division I wrestling champion at the University of Minnesota,
Konrad competed seven times for Bellator and won the promotion’s
third-season heavyweight tournament to become the organization’s
first and only heavyweight champion to date.
The “Polar Bear” defended his title only once, submitting Season 5
tournament winner Eric
Prindle in a flat 60 seconds on May 25.
What will become of Bellator’s heavyweight title is currently a
query without an answer. However, the promotion does plan to hold
another heavyweight tournament during its upcoming seventh season,
featuring notables such as Brett
Magomedov and Prindle, among others. The quarterfinals will be
Bellator 75 on Oct. 5 in Hammond, Ind.