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Cole Konrad vs. Rogent Lloret set for Bellator 25 in Chicago on Aug. 19

CHICAGO, Ill. (July 27, 2010) — Two-time NCAA wrestling champion Cole Konrad and highly-touted European submission ace Rogent Lloret will face of in an opening-round contest in Bellator’s Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament at the historic Chicago Theatre on Aug. 19th.

Konrad and Lloret join a stacked Bellator 25 card that also features the U.S. debut of undefeated heavyweight sensation Damian “The Polish Pitbull” Grabowski in another opening-round Heavyweight Tournament fight with massive Georgia-based ground-and-pound specialist Scott Barrett, and an opening-round fight in Bellator’s Women’s World Championship Tournament between Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Frausto and the world’s No. 6-ranked flyweight, Jessica Pene, as well as five other fights.

Tickets for the event — which will also be broadcast LIVE nationwide on FOX Sports Net — are on sale now at ticketmaster.com.

“Cole is on one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the world and Rogent’s jiu-jitsu is at a similar level, so this should be a very intriguing fight,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Add this fight to a card that already includes the U.S. debut of Damian Grabowski and a highly anticipated Women’s Tournament fight between Zoila Frausto and Jessica Pene and you have the makings of a great fight night in Chicago.”

Konrad, a protégé and training partner of reigning UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, will enter the Lloret fight looking to improve on the unblemished 4-0 record he has compiled since making his pro debut in January. Dubbed “The Polar Bear” by Lesnar due to his freakish strength during sparring sessions, the 6-foot, 5-inch Konrad’s two most recent wins came during special “Feature Fights” at Bellator 17 and Bellator 22 in May and June.

Previously, he won the NCAA Division I wrestling title at 285 lbs. in 2006 and 2007 while competing at the University of Minnesota and won a gold medal at the 2005 Pan-American Games.

“I think Lloret is going to be the toughest test I’ve faced in MMA up to this point in my fighting career,” Konrad said. “I’m going to be looking to finish him as soon as possible. The goal for this tournament is to get in and get out. I’m looking to finish all of these fights as quickly as possible and get out of there.”

Lloret, a Gracie Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and M-1 Global veteran has not lost a fight in more than three years and enters the tournament with a 9-1-1 overall pro record. He is known for his smothering ground game — submitting six of his nine victims, including four by arm triangle choke — but also displayed his striking prowess when he KO’d Serbian MMA veteran Miodrag Petkovic with a devastating high head kick this past April.

“I know that he is a good wrestler and he must be super strong too because he weighs way more than me — 22 pounds or more,” Lloret said of Konrad. “The only thing I hope is that my background and my speed are a little on top and that I can keep the fight standing. We are both going to give the best we have and it will be a war.”

Also competing in the Heavyweight Tournament alongside Konrad, Lloret, Barrett and Grabowski are Seattle-area knockout artist Mike “300” Hayes, heavy-handed UFC veteran Eddie Sanchez, power-punching British behemoth Neil “Goliath” Grove and one yet-to-be named fighter.

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4 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    Lol, I love clicking on these stories thinking they were written by 5oz before reading a few lines and realizing it’s a press release.

    I’m kinda interested to see how Cole does against Lloret. He’s definitely the bigger guy with the advantage of getting the fight to the ground, but once he’s there will his sub defense be up to speed? I don’t see him having the advantage on the feet either. His striking has looked pretty rudimentary in his last few fights coupled in with what appeared to be terrible cardio, so I don’t really see him being able to stand and bang with anyone with experience on the feet.

    I’m pretty excited about this new season mostly because of the female tourney though. The ladies always show up to fight and keep bringing it throughout the fight.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Konrad states his goal is to finish early and ofcoarse that makes sense for a tourney but it makes even more sense for a big guy with a lil gas tank…

    I want To see Cole tell his opponent to get in his belly :)

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Konrad is a perfect example of a bloated heavyweight-I can’t help but wonder how much Brock beats up on his chosen training partners

  • Guthookd says:

    “GET IN MA BELLE!!”

    LOL!

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