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Written by Ben Pherson   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:49

Think Minnesota's Mike "The Marine" Richman doesn't belong on the big stage?

Think again.

Richman proved exactly where he belongs Friday night, scoring a devastating knockout win during his Bellator debut.

The Marine stepped up to take on veteran Chris Horodecki at Bellator 64 in Canada. And he didn't waste any time putting a hurting on Horodecki.

Richman looked like the faster fighter from the opening bell. He landed over and over again and blocked everything Horodecki threw at him.

Just over a minute into the fight, Richman came forward and landed a big uppercut that wobbled Horodecki. He kept on him, landing three more punches before Horodecki dropped to the mat, out cold.

With the biggest victory of his career, Richman improved to 12-1 as a pro. Next up -- the Bellator 145-pound tournament!

Here's the video from Richman's big KO win:

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Minnesota's "Thrilling" Pat Schilling has his next UFC fight lined up.

Schilling, who is 5-2 as a professional, will take on Max Holloway (4-1) during "The Ultimate Fighter Live

Finale" on June 1 at The Pearl at the Palmsm Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. The main card will air on FX and Fuel TV is expected to carry the preliminary card.

 

Holloway is just 20-years-old and he fights out of Hawaii. He made his UFC debut against Dustin Poirier at UFC 143. He accepted the fight on short notice, suffering a first-round submission loss.

Schilling, who trains at Ambition MMA, is 23 and he's coming off a loss to Daniel Pineda during his UFC debut at UFC on FX 1.

A win likely would earn Schilling another fight in the UFC.

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Minnesota Martial Arts Academy product Pat Barry returns to the UFC on May 5 during UFC on Fox 3: Diaz vs. Miller.

Barry will take on Lavar Johnson during the main portion of the card, which will air nationwide on Fox. Nate Diaz fights Jim Miller in the night's main event, with Johny Hendricks and Josh Koscheck facing off in the co-main event.

Johnson is 14-5 as a pro. He's a devastating striker and will have a major height advantage (he's 6-foot-4). He's coming off a brutal KO win over Joey Beltran in January.

But Barry (6-5 as a pro) also is an exceptional striker, and he's coming off a big KO win over Christian Morecraft in January.

Here's video of an interview Barry recently did regarding the fight with HDNet:

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Later in May, Minnesota's Jacob Volkmann returns to action at UFC 146. The event takes place May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It's a pay-per-view event, with the preliminary portion of the card airing on FX.

The main portion of the card focuses on heavyweights. Junior Dos Santos is supposed to defend his title against Alistair Overeem, if Overeem can be cleared after failing a drug test recently. Frank Mir will also take on Cain Velasquez that night. Other main card matchups include Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva, Shane Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga and Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve.

Volkmann will take on Paul Sass during the preliminary portion of the card.

Volkmann is 14-2 in his MMA career, and he's 5-2 in the UFC. He's won five consecutive fights at lightweight.

Sass is a perfect 12-0 and he's 2-0 in the UFC.

Volkmann, a three-time All-American wrestler at Minnesota, most recently scored a unanimous-decision win over Efrain Escudero at UFC 141.

Sass is coming off a win over Michael Johnson by submission at UFC on Versus 6 in October. Of his 12 career victories, 11 have come by submission.

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Minnesota's Cole Konrad was set to return to action this weekend at Bellator 65, which is Friday in Atlantic City. However, news broke today that Konrad's fight with Eric Prindle has been postponed.

Prindle, who previously trained with Brock Lesnar in Alexandria, tweeted today that he has suffered a hand injury and that the fight has been postponed. It has been moved to Bellator 70, which is May 25.

The Prindle-Konrad fight was set up after two fights between season-five tournament finalists Prindle and Thiago Santos fell through in the past few weeks.

Prindle and Santos fought at Bellator 59 in the heavyweight tournament finals. But an accidental groin kick by Santos ended the fight. They were set to fight again at Bellator 59, but Prindle got sick. At Bellator 62, Santos did not make weight, and Prindle was given the tournament title.

Konrad, who is an assistant wrestling coach at Simley in Inver Grove Heights, is a perfect 8-0 in his MMA career, which started after he finished wrestling at the University of Minnesota. He has been out of action since August, though, after earning a unanimous-decision win over UFC veteran Paul Buentello in a non-title fight.

Konrad, who was a two-time national champion for the Gophers, won Bellator's Season 3 heavyweight tournament.

Prindle will enter the fight with a 7-1 record, including 3-0 in Bellator.