Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad Retires From MMA

At just 28, Cole Konrad has racked up a 9-0 record in MMA and recently defended his Bellator heavweight title with a submission over Eric Prindle. The former University of Minnesota collegiate wrestling star is considered one of the top non-Zuffa heavyweights in the world (although that's not saying too much). But according to Pioneer Press sportswriter Charley Walters, Konrad has retired from the sport.

Former Gophers NCAA heavyweight champion wrestler Cole Konrad, who won $100,000 as defending Bellator mixed martial arts champion, has retired from fighting and taken a job with North Central Trading as a financial trader specializing in milk products.

This is certainly a surprising move, but best of luck to Konrad in his future endeavors. I really can't say that there are too many fights of Konrad's that were incredibly entertaining, but he came in and won every time he entered the cage. As for Bellator, they've now lost another one of their champions (losing Hector Lombard to the UFC), in addition to the injury to featherweight champ Pat Curran and violent KO loss for bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas in Brazil.

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