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Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad retires from MMA

Bellator has lost another champion, though unlike Hector Lombard this one didn’t leave for another MMA promotion. Cole Konrad, the Bellator heavyweight title-holder and also the only fighter to ever hold the belt  has decided to leave the sport to become a financial trader at a Minnesota-based firm called North Central Trading.

The former University of Minnesota two-time NCAA wrestling champion won all seven of his Bellator fights, including a submission victory over Eric Prindle earlier this year. He was 9-0 in his professional career.

Konrad was a frequent training partner alongside former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar at Team DeathClutch in Minnesota.

The website first reported the retirement for Konrad. North Central Trading supplies ingredients to feed, pet food, food processing and chemical industries. He will specialize in trading milk products.

Bellator has yet to make an official announcement concerning the now-vacant title.