Cole Konrad, a key training partner of UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, and himself a former two-time NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion, captured a victory in his MMA debut over the weekend in Fargo, N.D.
Cornered by UFC heavyweight champ Lesnar, as well as fellow Minnesota Martial Arts teammate Chris Tuchscherer, Konrad needed just 67 seconds to take Gary Hamen down and submit him using a neck crank.
The 25-year-old Konrad, who weighed in at the heavyweight limit of 265 pounds for the Jan. 23 bout, was an NCAA champ in both 2006 and 2007. While in college at the University of Minnesota, Konrad won 76 straight matches, a school record. Even before his MMA debut, he was considered a top international heavyweight prospect.
Konrad will get right back to work, as he's also scheduled to fight Joel Wyatt on Feb. 27.
Hamen fell to 1-1.
Video of Konrad's match with Hamen is available by clicking here.