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Asplund heading to major promotion Print E-mail
Written by Ben Pherson   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:49

Minnesota's Kevin "Concrete" Asplund is being forced to pull out of his Target Center fight against Zak Jensen -- but it's for the best possible reason.

Asplund has been signed to a major promotion.

The standout heavyweight announced via Facebook this week that he has agreed to fight for Bellator. His first fight for that organization is set for May 18 -- three weeks after the April 28 Target Center Show -- in Lake Charles, La.

The event will be broadcast on MTV2, though it's unclear if Asplund's fight will be part of the live TV broadcast.

No opponent for Asplund has been officially announced by Bellator.

Concrete is Minnesota's top-ranked heavyweight and has been since Travis Wiuff signed with a major promotion (he's now with Bellator, too).

Asplund, who trains at Ambition, has one of the state's longest winning streaks, if not the longest. He's currently 18-1 and has won 18 straight, dating back to his very first fight in 2002.

In 2010 and 2011, Asplund had a pair of wars with No. 2-ranked Reese Hernandez. Both fights went the distance. Asplund won the first fight on Dec. 11, 2010 at Target Center via split decision. In a five-round fight, Asplund again took the rematch by split decision last July.

Asplund is still considered one of Minnesota's most feared strikers.

Target Center matchmaker Gavin Rydell said he is looking to find a replacement to take on Jensen during CFX 33. Tickets for that event are on sale now through participating fighters, the Target Center box office and ticketmaster.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:09