Bellator 70: Cole Konrad Defeats Eric Prindle To Keep Heavyweight Title

Bellator 70 will take place on Friday night in in New Orleans, but will also feature some local Minnesota flavor as former Gophers wrestler Cole Konrad is slated to defend his heavyweight championship in the main event.

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Bellator 70: Minnesota's Cole Konrad Is Ready For Friday Night After Long Layoff

Bellator's heavyweight championship isn't a long established title, but former Minnesota Golden Gophers wrestler Cole Konrad is looking to make some noise with the strap around his waist. That can't happen if he's unable to defend the belt on Friday night against challenger Eric Prindle, though, so there's quite a bit of pressure on the 265-pound behemoth.

Konrad might be at a disadvantage considering he's had to wait quite awhile to defend his title due to a bevy of random issues in Bellator's tournament, but he told SB Nation's MMA Mania that he's ready to go on Friday night.

Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com): That time off and eagerness to come back, Is that part of the reason why you decided to take your title fight within two weeks of Prindle not ending up having to fight in the finals?

Cole Konrad: Absolutely. As rare as I'd been getting fights there, I didn't know when the next offer would come. They could have offered me a fight on two days' notice and I would have taken it. That's just how it was. I was training so it wasn't completely out of the blue but obviously, you'd like to have a full camp going into a fight but I took that fight on short notice because as rare as I was getting fights offered, I had to take it. I have to make a living too.

It should be a fun night of fights, especially if Konrad comes out running on all cylinders after the long layoff.

For more on Bellator 70, including the rest of the fight card, be sure to check out SB Nation's hub page.

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Bellator 70: Cole Konrad Has Chance To Be The Best MMA Heavyweight To Come Out Of Minnesota

Cole Konrad, who followed Brock Lesnar as a national wrestling champion at the University of Minnesota, has a chance to do the same thing in mixed martial arts when he defends his Bellator Heavyweight Championship against Eric Prindle tonight..

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Bellator 70 Weigh-In Results: Minnesota's Cole Konrad Makes Weight

The final step before Friday night's heavyweight championship went off without a hitch on Thursday evening at the Bellator 70 weigh-ins. Minnesota's Cole Konrad and his opponent Eric Prindle both successfully made weight, thereby ensuring their matchup for the title will go on as planned.

Konrad didn't make weight by much, however, as he weighed in at a whopping 265.2 pounds -- less than a pound under the legal limit. Prindle's a big dude himself, too, as he weighed in at an even 265 pounds for the battle of the big men in Friday night's main event.

The complete weigh-in results from Thursday night are posted below, courtesy of our friends at MMA Mania.

Main Card

265 lbs.: Cole Konrad (265.2) vs. Eric Prindle (265)
155 lbs.: Rick Hawn (156) vs. Brent Weedman (156)
135 lbs.: Hiroshi Nakamura (135.8) vs. Luis Nogueira (135.8)
155 lbs.: Derek Campos (154.8) vs. Rich Clementi (157.2*)

Preliminary Card

185 lbs.: Jeremiah Riggs (185.2) vs. Kelvin Tiller (190.8**)
135 lbs.: Derek Arcement (136) vs. Blake Dufour (136)
157 lbs.: Kyle Bradley (156.8) vs. John Harris (155.8)
185 lbs.: Jonas Billstein () vs. Mike Seal ()
170 lbs.: A.J. Matthews (170.8) vs. Charlie Rader (171)
174 lbs.: Keith Schneider (173.6) vs. Josh Shockley (170.8)

For more on Bellator 70, including the rest of the fight card, be sure to check out SB Nation's hub page.

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