by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The signing spree of Bellator Fighting Championships continued on Saturday as former NCAA wrestling champion, Cole Konrad, announced that he would be joining the organization following his latest win in Philadelphia.
Following a first round TKO of Joel Wyatt in Matrix Fights, Konrad disclosed that he had signed with the growing promotion, and he is expected to compete for them in 2010.
“I’m excited to sign with Bellator,” Konrad said. “It’s a great opportunity to fight for a great company and I’m just really excited for what the future holds with this company.”
The former NCAA wrestling champion is a training partner of current UFC champion, Brock Lesnar, and both hold similar backgrounds coming from the University of Minnesota.
While Bellator has announced several tournaments in different weight classes, one they have not ventured into yet is the heavyweight division, but Konrad will be an exciting prospect to watch in fights during their second season debuting in April.
“Cole Konrad brings some great characteristics to the table that could make him a force at heavyweight,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Brock Lesner’s dominance in the UFC has shown the impact that an elite, world-class wrestler can have in the heavyweight division. As a two-time NCAA heavyweight champion who is aggressively rounding out his MMA arsenal, Cole’s potential is unlimited. We are happy to be teaming up with him and, as a company, we are excited with what the future may hold.”
According to the press release with Konrad’s signing, Bellator will hold events for 11 consecutive weeks, but no official word on when the former Minnesota Golden Gopher will make his promotional debut.
Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more information on Cole Konrad’s first fight with Bellator in the coming weeks.