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Cole Konrad added to Matrix Fights 1 on February 27 in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA – In a major announcement, the Philadelphia-based Matrix Fights (www.MatrixFights.com) promotion revealed today that former two-time NCAA heavyweight champion Cole Konrad has been added to the promotion’s inaugural event on Saturday, Feb. 27 at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Konrad is one of UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s training partners who made his professional MMA debut on Jan. 23 in Fargo, ND. With Lesnar in his corner, Konrad submitted Gary Hamen via polar bear choke at 1:13 of round 1. The highly anticipated debut has become a YouTube sensation and the dominant victory solidified Konrad’s standing as the top unsigned prospect in mixed martial arts.

“The addition of a fighter with the pedigree of Cole Konrad is a tremendous coup for Matrix and a strong example of our intent to become the premier MMA organization in the city of Philadelphia,” said Matrix Fights President Jimmy Binns Jr. “We were very satisfied with the existing card we had in place but with this being our first event, we wanted to really make a statement. Landing Cole Konrad’s second-ever professional MMA bout is about as big of a statement that a regional promotion can make.”

Konrad is currently being pursued by major fight organizations such as the Tokyo-based DREAM and U.S.-based Bellator Fighting Championships organization. Despite having a potential lucrative contract at stake, Konrad will be facing a stiff test against Joel Wyatt , 5-2, out of Richmond, Virginia.

“Joel Wyatt is a purple belt in jiu-jitsu and rated by UltMMA.com as a top 15 unsigned heavyweight prospect. This is not some setup fight for Cole. It is a prospect vs. prospect bout that I expect to be very competitive,” said Matrix Fights promoter Phil Migliarese. “Cole is taking a major risk here but as bad as we wanted him on the show, we did not want to do our fans a disservice by trying to pad his record. Make no mistake, Cole will be tested and there are no guarantees he’s going to pass.”

In addition to training with Lesnar in Alexandria, MN, Konrad also trains under Greg Nelson in Minneapolis, MN at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, home to top fighters such as former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, UFC heavyweight Chris Tuchscherer, former BodogFIGHT welterweight champion Nick Thompson, former NCAA All-American Paul Bradley, and highly rated middleweight prospect Brett “The Natural Disaster” Stevens.

The Konrad vs. Wyatt bout is being billed as a “special attraction,” with the night’s main event featuring EliteXC veteran Matt Makowski (5-2) of Philadelphia, PA taking on former IFL draft finalist LeVon Maynard (9-5) of Virginia Beach, VA in a clash of welterweight prospects. The fight will serve as a long-awaited MMA-rules rematch to their 2006 Muay Thai encounter at the WKA Championships in which Makowski was the victor.

In addition to Konrad vs. Wyatt and Makowski vs. Maynard, Matrix Fights 1 (card subject to change) will also feature pro bouts between Aaron Miesner of Philadelphia, PA vs. Francois Ambang of Richmond, VA; Will Martinez in his Philadelphia debut vs. Mitch Lyons of Dayton, OH; and former United States Marine Julio Rosario vs. Steven Baker of Wilmington, DE.

Tickets for the Feb. 27 event remain on-sale at MatrixFights.com with premium seats priced at $75 and general admission tickets costing just $45.

8 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    Nice… Keep up the pace and the W’s and you’ll be getting a call from one of the big promo’s
    sometime soon

  • Dufresne says:

    This could be a tough fight for Konrad as big guys traditionally have issues with good submission artists, especially if they’re coming from a wrestling background as he is.

    If he can use his wrestling to keep it standing or implement the chest-on-chest strategy Brock used on Mir he should have a pretty solid chance. If he tries to posture up in the guard he might commit a rookie mistake such as leaving an arm exposed.

  • nate says:

    $75 doesnt sound too bad for good seats. but $45 for general admission is a bit steep for a regional event. i wouldnt be surprised if the prices went up $10-15 in lieu of this fight being added. cause most likely brock will be in his corner.

  • retrofitting123 says:

    nate: $75 doesnt sound too bad for good seats. but $45 for general admission is a bit steep for a regional event. i wouldnt be surprised if the prices went up $10-15 in lieu of this fight being added. cause most likely brock will be in his corner.  (Quote)

    gr8 point -especially if brock will be there.This kid seems to be on the fast track to building a record,good for him

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Guys, Brock is not scheduled to be there. Also, prices were $45 for GA before Cole Konrad was even added. If you follow regional MMA, you will see that $45 GAs are market price for a building that has a 1,300 seat capacity.

  • nate says:

    sam: thank you for clarifying. i was merely speculating about brock based solely on the fact he was at coles’ debut & because he (brock.) still isnt training full time yet. and im the first to admit that i dont know much about regional shows’ pricing. the last one (raging wolf was right about $35 after tax.) i attended wasnt as pricey.

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Hey Nate, what was the show? Also how many pro fights were there? I am legitimately curious. Want to make sure the fans are getting their money’s worth with Matrix.

  • nate says:

    Sam: it was last year, a raging wolf event held @ the seneca niagra casino in niagra falls, NY. it was an 8-12 fight card with a couple of them being ams & the rest were pro it was $29.50 + a $4 service charge for GA. we dont get any other fight shows really in upstate NY & UFC/WEC SF etc isnt easily accessible & would be a couple hundred for a trip for two.

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