As Kenny Rogers once famously said, “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” Cole Konrad (Pictured) isn’t running anywhere, but the now-former Bellator heavyweight champ knows it’s time to call it quits.
As reported Wednesday, Konrad will relinquish his title and swap his fight trunks for a business tie. The 28-year-old is set to start a new career as an agricultural commodities trader, specializing in dairy products.
“This decision has been on my mind for a while, and the time was finally right to make the move,” Konrad said. “I wrestled my whole life and it was one of the only things I ever knew. When my college career was over, MMA seemed like the natural progression, but it was never really my passion. I thoroughly enjoyed my time inside the Bellator cage, but having the consistency and stability of going to the office every day is something that just made sense to me.”
The Konrad family has been involved in agricultural trading for generations, so his transition should be seamless. While he’s anxious to embark on the next chapter in his life, Konrad will look back at his time inside the cage with fond memories.
“I can’t say enough good things about my time with Bellator,” Konrad stated. “I enjoyed every second of my time in the cage, and having a boss like Bjorn was a pleasure. Bellator does things the right way, and if I ever find myself back in the cage, there is no doubt in my mind it will be with Bellator.”
Konrad made his MMA debut in 2010 and went on to post a perfect 9-0 record. He went 7-0 under Bellator’s watch.
He pocketed $100,000 for taking Bellator’s Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament en route to capturing the crown in his rookie year.
Bellator will determine shortly how they will crown a new 265-pound king.