Hector Lombard bolted for the UFC, leaving the Bellator middleweight championship vacant, and now the promotion’s heavyweight champ, Cole Konrad, has decided to retire, leaving the 265-pound division without a titleholder.
Despite a spotless 9-0 record, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Konrad has opted to forgo his MMA career for a move into the business world. He has accepted a position with North Central Trading as a financial trader specializing in milk products, according to TwinCities.com.
Konrad last fought in May when he submitted Eric Prindle just 1:00 into their fight.
Konrad spent the majority of his career – seven out of nine bouts – fighting for Bellator. He was the promotion’s first and only heavyweight champion… until now.
With his retirement, Konrad leaves the promotion with two vacant championships.
Bellator officials were unavailable for comment on the heavyweight division’s situation, but have already announced that Season 6 middleweight tournament winner Maiquel Falcão will square off with Season 5 winner Alexander Shlemenko for the 185-pound divisional belt.
Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more on Bellator’s heavyweight division and other Bellator news.