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dudeabides 04-18-2011 12:42 AM

Bellator FC 42
Bellator 42
Date: Apr 23, 2011
Location: Concho, Okla.
Venue: Lucky Star Casino
Broadcast: MTV2


* Champion Cole Konrad vs. Paul Buentello (heavyweight non-title fight)
* Tim Carpenter vs. Christian M'Pumbu (light-heavyweight tourney semifinal)
* Richard Hale vs. D.J. Linderman (light-heavyweight tourney semifinal)

Bellator Fighting Championships officials have called upon another notable for a season-four non-title fight.

Officials today announced that heavyweight champion Cole Konrad (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BFC) will face his most accomplished opponent yet when he takes on UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Buentello (29-13 MMA, 0-0 BFC) at Bellator 42.

The three-rounder takes place April 23 at Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Okla.

Konrad vs. Buentello is part of the night's MTV2 broadcast, which also features the semifinal round of Bellator's season-four light-heavyweight tournament.

The fight is Konrad's first since winning Bellator's season-three heavyweight tournament. With the win, the two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion became Bellator's first-ever heavyweight champ. (Bellator policy dictates that only tourney winners get title shots, so the belt won't be on the line against Buentello.)

"Cole had three very dominant performances for us last season on his way to becoming our first heavyweight world champion," Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. "I'm expecting big things from Cole, and Paul will provide a fantastic test for our young champ."

Konrad is 7-0 with three stoppage victories. His tourney run included decision victories over Rogent Lloret and Damian Grabowski, and a submission win over Neil Grove.

"I'm not taking Paul Buentello lightly for one moment," Konrad stated. "I feel like this fight with Paul is going to be the toughest fight of my career, and that's exactly how I'm preparing for it. Just because he's a little older doesn't mean he's not dangerous. He has a ton of experience, and that definitely works to his advantage."

Buentello, a 14-year pro, is 2-1 since his March 2010 UFC release, and the lone loss came to former UFC champ Tim Sylvia, Buentello, who went 14-2 from 2001 to 2007, has registered 17 knockout victories in 29 career wins. His fight with Konrad marks his Bellator debut.

kantowrestler 04-18-2011 08:33 PM

Well this should be a good fight. You've got Cole Konrad a rising star and the Bellator Heavyweight Champion. Then you have veteran Paul Buentello who is trying to prove he is still relavent.

mattandbenny 04-22-2011 03:55 AM

I like Hale to beat Linderman, once he gets the takedown it should be over. But DJ is a heavyhanded dude so theres always a chance he catches Hale. And i also like Carpenter to decision M'Pumbu. Although im not impressed with him, i'm even less impressed with M'Pumbu.

Hale and Carpenter to meet in the finals for me. (which hale takes)

kantowrestler 05-21-2011 10:02 PM

Either way this should be a good night of fights.

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