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"The Headhunter"

33-16-0

Paul Buentello

Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello

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  • Given Name: Paul Anthony Buentello
  • Professional MMA Record: 33-16-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Headhunter
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 40 | Date of Birth: 1974.01.16
  • Last Fight: March 21, 2014 in LFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Grudge Training Center
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 76.0" (193cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $310,000 USD
  • Born: Amarillo, Texas, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Denver, Colorado
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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After compiling a professional record of 19-8 prior to his UFC debut in 2005, Paul Buentello was a serious threat to contend for the heavyweight belt. After dispatching Justin Eilers and Kevin Jordan with back-to-back finishes to start his Octagon career, Buentello was granted his title shot, but was defeated by Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski by knockout just 15 seconds into the first round. A few years later, in 2007, Buentello also contended for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship against Alistair Overeem, but was defeated in the second round after submitting when he was hit with a hard knee to the body.


Buentello is known for finishing fights, having finished almost all of his wins by knockout or submission throughout his lengthy career, which has spanned well over a decade. He proudly lives up to his nickname, standing and banging every single fight he can, with virtually every shot to the head.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:02 PM ET
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Paul Buentello MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total
Myron Dennis
Ref: Kevin Nix
Legacy FC 29: Garcia vs. Howell
Main Event | Vacant Title | Light Heavyweight | 205
2014.03.21
Odds: -205 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Shamil Bashirov General Fighting Championship 2014.03.01
Reason: GFC Co-Promoting With Tech-KREP FC Instead
Cancelled Bout Ike Villanueva Legacy FC 27 2014.01.31
Win | KO/TKO
2:44 Round 2 of 3, 7:44 Total
James McSweeney
Ref: Kerry Hatley
Legacy FC 22: Buentello vs. McSweeney
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2013.08.23
Odds: +140 Slight Underdog
Cancelled Bout Marcus Sursa Legacy FC 22 2013.08.23
Reason: Sursa Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous Igor Kostin Russia Regional 2013.05.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punch Mike Cook International Fighting Championship 2012.12.08
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Igor Kostin Russia Regional 2012.10.12
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Darrill Schoonover
WMMA 1: McCorkle vs. Heden
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2012.03.31
Weigh-In: 260.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Cole Konrad
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
Bellator 48: 2011 Summer Series 3
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2011.08.20
Odds: +525 Heavy Underdog | Weigh-In: 255.25 lbs
Cancelled Bout Cole Konrad Bellator 42 2011.04.23
Reason: Buentello Back Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous Kerry Schall Nemesis Fighting 2010.12.11
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch Tim Sylvia Powerhouse World Promotions 2010.08.14
Win | Decision | Unanimous Bryan Humes Shark Fights 2010.05.22
Loss | Submission | Elbows
1:16 Round 3 of 3, 11:16 Total
Cheick Kongo
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs Jones
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2010.03.21
Odds: +308 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 Base | Weigh-In: 246.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Stefan Struve
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2009.12.12
Odds: +111 Near Even | Weigh-In: 255.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Vicente Fernández - El Rey
Cancelled Bout Todd Duffee UFC 107 2009.12.12
Reason: Duffee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
4:18 Round 3 of 3, 14:18 Total
Kirill Sidelnikov
Ref: John McCarthy
Affliction 2: Day of Reckoning
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2009.01.24
Odds: -150 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($70K Base, $20K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 244.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Gary Goodridge
Ref: Herb Dean
Affliction 1: Banned
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2008.07.19
Disclosed Pay: $80,000 ($60K Base, $20K Bonus)
Loss | Submission | Knees
3:42 Round 2 of 5, 8:42 Total
Alistair Overeem
Strikeforce: 4 Enter, 1 Survives
Main Card | Vacant Title | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2007.11.16
Odds: -140 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 250.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:10 Round 2 of 3, 5:10 Total
Carter Williams
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2007.06.22
Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 250.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
3:57 Round 2 of 3, 8:57 Total
Ruben Villareal
Strikeforce: Triple Threat
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2006.12.08
Weigh-In: 255.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:43 Round 1 of 3
David Abbott
Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2006.10.07
Weigh-In: 261.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:27 Round 3 of 3, 12:27 Total
Gilbert Aldana
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2006.02.04
Odds: -275 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $22,000 ($11K Base, $11K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 254.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:15 Round 1 of 5
Andrei Arlovski
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 55: Fury
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265
2005.10.07
Weigh-In: 251.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
4:00 Round 1 of 3
Kevin Jordan
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2005.06.04
Weigh-In: 250.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:34 Round 1 of 3
Justin Eilers
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC 51: Super Saturday
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2005.02.05
Odds: -110 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 247.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Bo Cantrell King of the Cage 2004.11.14
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Lloyd Marshbanks EP 2003.12.28
Win | Submission Bobby Hoffman King of the Cage 2003.11.02
Win | KO/TKO | Kick Andy Montana Rumble on the Rock 2003.10.10
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Bobby Hoffman King of the Cage 2003.08.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Mike Kyle King of the Cage 2002.11.01
Win | KO/TKO | Kick Roger Neff King of the Cage 2002.06.19
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Jimmy Westfall USWF 19 2001.09.25
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Gary Marshall International Fighting Championship 2001.08.31
Loss | Submission | Leglock Nate Schroeder International Fighting Championship 2001.06.15
Loss | Submission | Strikes Sam Sotello International Fighting Championship 2001.04.11
Loss | Submission | Leglock Ricco Rodriguez King of the Cage 2001.02.24
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Larry Parker International Fighting Championship 2000.06.14
Loss | Submission | Strikes Gan McGee International Fighting Championship 2000.05.03
Win | Submission | Armlock Rocky Batastini International Fighting Championship 2000.05.03
Win | Submission | Strikes Jason Godsey International Fighting Championship 2000.05.03
Win | KO/TKO | Retired Jimmy Westfall AF 1999.12.04
Win | Submission | Strikes Gilbert Duran WCS 1999.11.20
Win | Submission | Strikes Denny Mathias WCS 1999.11.20
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury Todd Broadaway Extreme Challenge 1999.05.15
Win | KO/TKO | Knee Larry Parker USWF 9 1998.06.20
Win | Submission | Choke Dustin Heronemus USWF 9 1998.06.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Shane Saavedra USWF 9 1998.06.20
Loss | Submission Dan Severn USWF 6 1997.08.16
Win | Submission | Choke Derek McGill USWF 4 1997.04.12
Win | Submission | Choke David Davis USWF 4 1997.04.12
Loss | Submission | Choke Evan Tanner USWF 4 1997.04.12

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