Undefeated heavyweight Cole Konrad will face the stiffest test of his blossoming career later this month at Bellator 42 when squares off against a man with 6X his experience in the form of veteran striker Paul Buentello. The April 23 bout will mark the first in-ring appearance for Konrad since the grappling whiz won the Bellator Heavyweight Championship by submitting Neil Grove at Bellator 32 in October.
Buentello holds an overall record of 29-13 with seventeen TKO victories and nine submissions including victories over Gary Goodridge and Mike Kyle.
News of the non-title match-up was announced through an official press release from the organization where Konrad made it clear he understood the difficulty of the task at hand.
“I’m not taking Buentello lightly for one moment,” the 7-0 Konrad explained. “I feel like this fight with Paul is going to be the toughest fight of my career, and that’s exactly how I’m preparing for it. Just because he’s a little older doesn’t mean he’s not dangerous. He has a ton of experience, and that definitely works to his advantage.”
His soon-to-be opponent responded in kind with respect while noting the 27-year old’s background as an amateur wrestler as a significant cause for concern.
“With a nickname like “The Headhunter” most of my opponents know that I’m looking to stand and bang,” said the heavy-handed Texan. “I’m definitely expecting for Konrad to try to get me to the ground as soon as possible. I have to pull the trigger in this fight. I got into this sport making a name for myself for putting my hands on my opponent’s faces, and I definitely want to get back to my roots in this fight. I plan on standing my ground and putting my hands on Cole.”
Fans can catch the two behemoths battle it out live on MTV2 with televised action likely kicking off at 9:00 PM EST. Bellator 42 will take place at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Oklahoma.