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Bellator champ Cole Konrad draws Paul Buentello for April super-fight

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.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I just hope Kole has improved a bunch since his last few times in the cage… He will probably win by keeping Buentello on the ground and attempting some GNP or LNP… BUT here’s to hoping he can strike a bit better and maybe finish the fight… I’m not counting out Buenatello because every round starts standing and thats one aspect he has the edge on Kole…. just hope its a competitive fight and not a boring decision…

  • Kamakosmo says:

    Cole, will get this to the ground, lay on top, and overwhelm Buentello with gallons of sweat for 3 (or is it 5) rounds…….yawn…….

  • Rece Rock says:

    Yeah Its 3 rounds… but don’t get this crowd started on Bellator Champs/ Tourney winners and the non title fights… thats whole ‘nother mission.

  • MCM says:

    Can we please stop using the term “Super-Fight” for every fight that happens to have two (somewhat) recognizable opponents. Unless it’s GSP/Silva, Overeem/Cain, or Melendez/Alvarez, it’s just a match. And in this case, a boring one.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I get what you mean but in the context of Bellator it is a super-fight (one of their champs against a skilled veteran). I won’t argue on how interesting the fight will/won’t be. Just trying to offer perspective.

  • Rece Rock says:

    yeah… Alverez/ Huerta wasn’t a P4P “superfight” BUT in the terms of how the Bellator format works I guess internally they can get away with classifying them as such… Now Bjorn start calling your “champs” Tourney Title holders instead and we will be on a roll. Don’t give them belts either give em a trophy… ok ok i’m pushing it.

  • Jak says:

    I believe my definition of “super” is a little different from what Bellators is… :)


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