by Phil Devine
When Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced a few months ago that the third season of his successful tournament format would contain heavyweights, I got excited. Not the climbing the rope in gym class kind of excited…more like a Forrest Gump box of chocolate excited. You know, you never know what your gonna get.
All sorts of questions came to mind. Would we be introduced to some exciting new heavyweights? Would Bellator be able to match the success of their previous seasons of lighter weight classes with unknown heavyweights? With the UFC heavyweight division being so deep and talent rich right now, expectations were high.
Tonight is the finale of the heavyweight tournament and I have to admit it, I haven’t been thrilled. No fireworks so to say. Was it the silly idea of matching the heavyweights in the same season as the always exciting bantamweights? Or is it the amazing group of women competing in the entertaining 115lb women’s tournament that are stealing the spotlight from the big guys? It could be one or the other. It could be both or some completely different reason. I’m not really sure, everyone’s different.
Sadly I don’t think tonight will be any different when finalists Neil Grove and Cole Konrad meet in the cage to determine the very first Bellator heavyweight champion. This fight goes “old school” pitting style against style with the wrestler in Konrad trying to match the striking of Grove. Which I believe he will do easily. Look for Cole Konrad to get the takedown and control the fight at will. I’m not expecting this to be a great fight and I see Konrad taking it to the judges for a 30-27 UD.