Cole "The Polar Bear" Konrad was Bellator's first Heavyweight World Champion and retired with a perfect pro record. Following a successful amateur wrestling career, that saw him go undefeated his final two years and win two NCAA National Championships in 2006 and 2007 at the University of Minnesota, he made the transition to mixed martial arts in 2010. After starting his career with consecutive first-round wins, he signed with Bellator.
"The Polar Bear" opened his Bellator career 2-0 before joining the promotion's inaugural heavyweight tournament. He scored a clean sweep in the tournament, submitting UFC-veteran Neil Grove in the finals to become the Season Three Heavyweight Tournament Champion and the first Bellator World Heavyweight Champion. Konrad is a perfect 8-0 in his MMA career and has only lost two rounds in six Bellator fights. He was successful in his first title defense against Eric Prindle at Bellator 70, submitting him one minute into the fight. Konrad announced his retirement from MMA on Sept. 13, 2012.
Record: 9-0 (1 KO, 3 subs)
Championships and Accolades:
Bellator World Heavyweight Champion (October 2010-September 2012*)
Bellator Season Three Heavyweight Tournament Champion
Two-time NCAA Wrestling National Champion
*Retired and vacated the title