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Neil “Goliath” Grove and Cole “The Polar Bear” Konrad Battle For The Bellator Heavyweight World Championship Belt In Kansas City At Bellator 32

by Sharon Sanghera, October 13, 2010

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Thoughts on each other…

Neil Grove: Cole is a good wrestler with an amazing college wrestling pedigree. I hope he brings his upmost best as I’m doing the same when it comes to my striking ability. I’m hitting and kicking much harder right now than ever before. I have also spent more time with my wrestling coaches for this fight with Cole.
Cole Konrad: I think Neil is going to try to start fast like he always does, and he’ll probably be looking to finish the fight early. I think that will be his only strategy. I just don’t see that happening for him. Any of his fights that have gone more than a couple of minutes, he’s been nothing shy of exhausted. So if I get him into the third and fourth rounds, he’s going to be in for a really long fight.

On their advantages…

Neil Grove: I see my ability to finish fights as an advantage against Cole. I also think my size and my overall level of fitness will be factors that will work to my advantage. I want to avoid letting him set the pace.

Cole Konrad: Obviously my wrestling will be an advantage I have over Neil, and I think my ground game is considerably better than his. That would be my biggest advantage, but outside of that, my overall training environment trumps his. I’m used to seeing big, strong, fast guys on a daily basis. I just have to avoid that big right hand of his, but that’s about it.

Use of elbows during this championship fight…

Neil Grove: I definitely think the use of elbows will come into play in this fight. Neither Cole or I were allowed to use them during our previous tournament fights, but I don’t think that will be the case on Thursday night.

Cole Konrad: I absolutely expect for elbows to be a factor in this fight. I expect for them to come into play a lot in my favor. The positions I maintain during my ground and pound work best with the use of elbows, and not having them has really held back my overall ground attack in the past, but it won’t in this fight.

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