Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad retires from MMA for job in the financial sector

Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad (right) gets his hand raised in victory following his first title defense against Eric Prindle earlier this year. Photo via Bellator

Well it turns out that injuries aren't the only reason fighters are dropping off of cards.

After Jorgen Kruth's surprise retirement earlier this week, Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad has reportedly retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) to take a job with North Central Trading as a financial trader specializing in milk products according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Konrad last competed this past May at Bellator 70 in New Orleans, Louisiana, defending his heavyweight title against former teammate Eric Prindle. "The Polar Bear" won via submission (Kimura) after just 60 seconds.

If he truly is done competing, Konrad will have finished his career undefeated with a spotless 9-0 record.

After starting his professional career in 2010, Konrad won seven fights in just nine months to be crowned the Bellator Heavyweight Champion. He was hoping to remain just as active as champion, but he only fought once in 2011, defeating UFC veteran Paul Buentello via unanimous decision.

He was so eager to fight Eric Prindle that he offered to defend his title against Eric Prindle just two weeks after Prindle's season five tournament final fell through.

Neither Konrad or Bellator has officially released a statement on the matter.

Konrad was a four-time All-American while wrestling at the University of Minnesota, winning two national championships in the heavyweight division. He retires at just 28 years old.

What's your take on this surprise announcement?

Would you have liked to see Konrad continue to develop his skills and become a threat to the heavyweight elite? Or did "The Polar Bear" get out at the right time?

Sound off!

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