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Bellator 48 Live Blog: Cole Konrad vs. Paul Buentello Updates

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- This is the Bellator 48 live blog for Cole Konrad vs. Paul Buentello, a heavyweight bout on tonight's Bellator card from the Mohegan Sun.

Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad (7-0) fights for the first time this year in this non-title bout against UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Buentello (29-13).

The live blog is below.

Round 1: The big men stalk each other around the cage. One of Konrad's first jabs opens up a small cut on Buentello's head. Buentello is very passive early, maybe finding range. Konrad is throwing out jabs but not much with power early. Konrad fires out a combination, but Buentello avoids the big shots. Crowd is restless quickly. Buentello lands a hard uppercut but doesn't follow it up with anything. Konrad with a couple leg kicks and a straight right. It's a 10-9 for Konrad.

Round 2: Buentello's cornerman berated him in between rounds. He got five minutes of standup, which is probably what he wanted, and he gave the round away. He comes out in the second with a little more purpose, moving forward. Konrad fires off a couple jabs and leg kicks. Well, looks like Buentello's early aggression is gone already. Konrad is fighting Buentello's fight and winning. Buentello pops him with a knee, Konrad looks to take him down but reconsiders and stays standing. Konrad lands a hard right with 30 seconds left. The two exchange against the cage for a moment but Konrad backs away. Closer round but it's still Konrad's, 10-9.

Round 3: Konrad hurt Buentello with a right hand. Buentello fell to the ground and Konrad took his back, landed some shots and went for the finish. He tried to sink in a rear naked choke but Buentello tucked his chin and Konrad gave it up. He kept on his back, then Buentello rolled over and Konrad landed in half-guard. Konrad worked shots to the body as Buentello tried to regain guard. With 1:00 left, ref Dan Miragliotta stood them up. Buentello landed a left jab, then tried to follow with an uppercut but Konrad weaved out of the way. Buentello landed an uppercut and Konrad clinched and moved him against the fence as the round ended. It's another 10-9 for the champ, who will probably win a unanimous decision.

Winner: Cole Konrad def. Paul Buentello via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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