Just like his mentor, Cole Konrad was a an NCAA Div. 1 heavyweight wrestling champ. In fact, Konrad did Brock Lesnar one better by winning the title twice, in 2006 and 2007. Now we will find out if he can match Lesnar's quick results in the world of MMA.
Konrad made his pro debut this weekend at North Dakota's Max Fights 8 in Fargo. The initial returns were good, as the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder was a winner over Gary Hamen. After being easily dropped to the mat in the opening seconds of the fight, Hamen eventually submitted to what looked like a choke or neck crank just 1:18 in the fight. Watch the fight here.
Kyle Shiely from the Minneapolis Star-Tribue had this from the promoter:
"Cole looked loose and calm. He came out and got a clinch early, and I think everyone knew once that was accomplished, what would happen next. Cole showed dominating top control and landed several right hands to the kidney area and some short elbows from inside his opponent's half guard as well. Hamen started to turn slightly, and Cole took the opportunity to look for a choke, but it looked like he actually had more of a neck crank. Due to the force and angle though, it caused his opponent to tap. [UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock] Lesnar, Marty Morgan and Chris Tuchscherer were all in Cole's corner."
Maggie Hendricks wrote about Konrad's decorated amateur career.