Press Release Courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships Bellator Fighting Championships on Saturday confirmed that undefeated polish sensation Damian “Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (13-0) will take on two-time NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling champion Cole “The Polar Bear” Konrad (5-0) in a Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament fight taking place at Bellator 29 at the Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Sept. 16.
Bellator 29 will mark the first nationally televised, sanctioned MMA event to take place in the state of Wisconsin.
“Both of these guys are undefeated and have been impressive against tough opposition up to this point in their careers,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “On Sept. 16 in Milwaukee only one of these fast-rising heavyweights will move on to a spot in the upcoming Bellator Heavyweight Championship fight.”
Making his U.S. debut at Bellator 25, Grabowski faced off against the dangerous ground-and-pound specialist Scott Barrett in quarterfinal action. Barrett was aggressive with his takedown attempts out of the gate, but “The Polish Pitbull” withstood the early barrage and took control of the fight as the clock ticked down. Following 15 minutes of back-and-forth action, a unanimous decision was awarded to the more aggressive Grabowski, keeping his perfect record intact.
Entering this fight with Konrad and coming off of the impressive victory over Barrett, Grabowski is confident, but humble.
“I treat every fight like it’s my first,” said Grabowski. “I don’t even like to think about what I have done in my past, because it’s all about what I can do in the future as a professional MMA fighter.”
Now making his home in Chicago, Grabowski has taken to American life well, and only has one thing on his mind.
“Nothing in my life is more important than winning this tournament and becoming a Bellator Champion. I have never trained harder for an event, and my only focus is becoming the greatest fighter in Bellator,” said Grabowski.
Konrad is also entering the cage after picking up the biggest victory of his career at Bellator 25, where the Wisconsin native and close training partner of UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar made use of his world class wrestling pedigree while dominating Spanish submission ace Rogent Lloret on his way to the unanimous decision victory.
Konrad realizes the chance to become the first Bellator heavyweight champion is within reach, and has no intention of allowing this opportunity to slip away.
“Becoming Champion would be huge,” said a confident Konrad. “Having started my career last January, to win a tournament like this would be a great progression in my career. To have this semifinal match in Wisconsin makes it even more special because you have your family and friends around for support, and it gets you revved up.”