Two-time NCAA wrestling champion Cole Konrad submitted UFC veteran Neil Grove with a first-round keylock to win the Bellator Fighting Championships heavyweight title on Thursday in the Bellator 32 headliner at the Kansas City Power and Light District in Kansas City, Mo. Grove met his demise 4:45 into round one.
Konrad took down Grove twice in their brief encounter. He allowed him to stand after the first; Grove was not as fortunate the second time. Konrad grounded the South African near the cage, moved to full mount and softened him with his 265-pound frame, hammerfists and punches. Ultimately, he isolated an arm, cinched the keylock and waited for the tapout.
The unbeaten Konrad had gone the distance by relying on his wrestling and top control in each of his previous four appearances. He showed off his opportunistic side against Grove, who entered the match on the strength of a two-fight winning streak.
Meanwhile, EliteXC veteran Zach Makovsky survived a harrowing encounter with a first-round knee strike to earn a unanimous decision over Ed West, as he captured the Bellator bantamweight championship. Scores were 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46, all in Makovsky’s favor.
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