“Cole had three very dominant performances for us last season on his way to becoming our first Heavyweight World Champion,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “I’m expecting big things from Cole, and Paul will provide a fantastic test for our young champ.”
Konrad (7-0) submitted Neil Grove in October to win the Bellator title and remain unbeaten at 7-0, while Buentello (29-13) has won two of his three fights since being cut by the UFC last year, losing to fellow UFC vet Tim Sylvia in December before topping Kerry Schall in December.
Bellator 42 also features light heavyweight tournament semifinals Tim Carpenter vs. Christian M’Pumbu and D.J. Linderman vs. Richard Hale.