Bellator Fighting Championships heavyweight titlist Cole Konrad has retired.

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 Rogers, Thiago Santos, Ruslan Magomedov and Prindle, among others. The quarterfinals will be contested at Bellator 75 on Oct. 5 in Hammond, Ind.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

‘Baby Slice’ Faces Jonathan Tomasian in Pro Debut at Bellator 160

  • 25 days ago
  • 15 views

“Baby Slice” Kevin Ferguson Jr.'s Bellator arrival was trending on social media for two-straight days. On Monday, Bellator confirmed his first challenge. read news >>

Bellator 160 Adds Female Flyweight Bout to Main Card

  • 24 days ago
  • 10 views

A flyweight matchup pitting Lena Ovchynnikova against Jaimelene Nievera has been added to the main card of Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull. read news >>

Mark Munoz Returns to Manila to Promote UFC Fight Night

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

Retired UFC® middleweight contender Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz will return to the Philippines for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® Manila. Rather than wearing a pair of fight gloves, Muñoz will don a read news >>

Melvin Guillard Fined and Suspended by Kansas Commission for Banned Non-PED

  • 21 days ago
  • 38 views

Bellator fighter Melvin Guillard was suspended by the Kansas Athletic Commission on Friday for a positive drug test result for a non-performance-enhancing substance. read news >>

Chinzo Machida Makes Promotional Debut at Bellator 160

  • 18 days ago
  • 218 views

Chinzo Machida, brother of former UFC champion Lyoto Machida, will make his promotional debut at “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull.” read news >>

Former Champ Joe Warren Faces Sirwan Kakai in Bellator 161 Co-Main Event

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 views

A bantamweight showdown pitting Joe Warren against Sirwan Kakai has been added to the main card of Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson. read news >>

Bellator 161 Main Card Complete with Addition of Derek Campos vs. Djamil Chan

  • 15 days ago
  • 8 views

A lightweight bout pitting Derek Campos against knockout specialist Djamil Chan has been added to the SPIKE-televised portion of “Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson." read news >>

UFC Declines to Match Offer, Rory MacDonald Likely Headed to Bellator

  • 2 days ago
  • 61 views

Former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald appears to be headed to Bellator MMA. read news >>

Bubba Jenkins Looking to Avenge Loss to Georgi Karakhanyan in Bellator 160 Rematch

  • 2 days ago
  • 5 views

On August 26 in Anaheim, Calif., Bubba Jenkins gets his long-awaited rematch with Georgi Karakhanyan in a main card 145-pound bout at Belltor 160. read news >>

UFC Loses Top Welterweight Rory MacDonald to Bellator: Big Deal or Nah?

  • 2 days ago
  • 43 views

The Red King has gone in search of a greener fiefdom. Rory MacDonald’s UFC exit on Wednesday was that rare case of “breaking news” that had been in the works for months. Fans have known since a May a read news >>