The Blueprint: Konrad vs. Prindle

May 24, 2012

The Bellator Heavyweight World Title is on the line as season six comes to a close. Reigning champ Cole Konrad defends his belt against Season Five Tournament Champion Eric Prindle at Bellator 70. It's a two-time NCCA Wrestling National Champion versus a five-time All Army Boxing Champion. Needless to say, we've got a classic striker versus grappler matchup on our hands. Even so, when dishing out the keys to success we won't copout and say "keep it standing" or "get the takedown." Here's a closer look at the fight and a pair of trading cards for your viewing pleasure. Don't miss the title fight live Friday, May 25 at 8/7c on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX.

Prindle's key to success:

-Control the distance: If a wrestler of Konrad's caliber gets his hands on you, chances are more often than not you're going down; the key words being if he gets his hands on you. Prindle can't bet on the fact that he'll be able to stop the freight train known as Konrad from dumping him on the mat, so he'll need to rely on footwork to keep his distance and carefully pick his punches.

Konrad's key to success:

-Timing is everything: At some point in this fight, Konrad will shoot – no kidding. The key is doing so without getting cracked by one of Prindle's lunch box sized fists, because that ensures a short night. The wrestling powerhouse showed a strong jab in his last outing and though he won't want to dance too long on the feet, his lengthy left can potentially fluster Prindle and set up his power double leg.