Bellator Heavyweight Champ Cole Konrad has an opponent for his first non-title appearance for the organization. Konrad will meet Paul Buentello at one of Bellator’s April events.
Konrad, the two-time NCAA D-1 wrestling champion from the University of Minnesota and training partner of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, moved his record to 7-0 during Bellator’s third season. Defeating Rogent Lloret and Damian Grabowski to get to the season three final, Konrad became the first Bellator Heavyweight Champ with a first round keylock submission over Neil Grove.
Buentello enters the Bellator cage for the first time off a decision win over Kerry Schall in December at the plagued Nemesis Fighting event in the Dominican Republic. That win was a bounce back for Buentello after a KO loss to Tim Sylvia last summer. The former UFC Heavyweight Title challenger will mark the most experienced opponent Konrad has faced with over 40 fights to his credit.