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Paul Buentello

Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello

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  • Given Name: Paul Anthony Buentello
  • MMA Record: 35-17-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Headhunter
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 42 | Date of Birth: 1974.01.16
  • Last Fight: July 15, 2016 in ACB
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 261.0 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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Paul Buentello MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Kick
3:08 Round 1 of 3

Ru Denis Goltsov
35-16-0 17-4-0

Ru Absolute Championship Berkut 41: The Path to Triumph
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2016.07.15
Weigh-In: 261.0 lbs (118.4 kgs)
Absolute Championship Berkut 41 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO
1:04 Round 1 of 3

Us Eric Prindle
34-16-0 11-7-0

Ae Abu Dhabi Warriors 4
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2016.05.24
Cancelled Bout Moise Rimbon Abu Dhabi Warriors 4 2016.05.24
Reason: Unknown
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:21 Round 3 of 3, 13:21 Total

Cm Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
33-16-0 16-13-0

Ae Abu Dhabi Warriors 3
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2015.10.03
Weigh-In: 237.2 lbs (107.6 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Myron Dennis
33-15-0 9-3-0

Us 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 (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Nix
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
Cancelled Bout Marcus Sursa Legacy FC 22 2013.08.23
Reason: Sursa Injury
Win | KO/TKO
2:44 Round 2 of 3, 7:44 Total

Gb James McSweeney
32-15-0 11-10-0

Us Legacy FC 22: Buentello vs. McSweeney
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.08.23
Odds: +140 (Slight Underdog) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Lv Igor Kostin

Ru Russia Regional

2013.05.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Mike Cook

Us International Fighting Championship

2012.12.08
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Lv Igor Kostin

Ru Russia Regional

2012.10.12
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Darrill Schoonover
29-14-0 11-5-0

Us WMMA 1: McCorkle vs. Heden
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2012.03.31
Weigh-In: 260.0 lbs (117.9 kgs)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Cole Konrad
29-13-0 7-0-0

Us Bellator 48: 2011 Summer Series 3
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.08.20
Odds: +525 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 255.3 lbs (115.8 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Cancelled Bout Cole Konrad Bellator 42 2011.04.23
Reason: Buentello Back Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Kerry Schall

Do Dominican Republic Regional

2010.12.11
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Tim Sylvia

Us California Regional

2010.08.14
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Bryan Humes

Us Shark Fights

2010.05.22
Loss | Submission | Elbows
1:16 Round 3 of 3, 11:16 Total

Fr Cheick Kongo
27-11-0 14-6-1

Us 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 (111.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Todd Duffee UFC 107 2009.12.12
Reason: Duffee Injury
Loss | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Nl Stefan Struve
27-10-0 18-3-0

Us UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.12.12
Odds: +111 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 255.0 lbs (115.7 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Vicente Fernández - El Rey
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
4:18 Round 3 of 3, 14:18 Total

Ru Kirill Sidelnikov
26-10-0 5-2-0

Us 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 (110.7 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Gary Goodridge
25-10-0 23-17-1

Us Affliction 1: Banned
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.07.19
Disclosed Pay: $80,000 ($60K Base, $20K Bonus) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Submission | Knees
3:42 Round 2 of 5, 8:42 Total

Nl Alistair Overeem
25-9-0 25-11-0

Us 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 (113.4 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:10 Round 2 of 3, 5:10 Total

Us Carter Williams
24-9-0 3-1-0

Us 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 (113.6 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
3:57 Round 2 of 3, 8:57 Total

Us Ruben Villareal
23-9-0 11-10-3

Us Strikeforce: Triple Threat
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.12.08
Weigh-In: 255.5 lbs (115.9 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:43 Round 1 of 3

Us David Abbott
22-9-0 9-11-0

Us Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.10.07
Weigh-In: 261.0 lbs (118.4 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:27 Round 3 of 3, 12:27 Total

Us Gilbert Aldana
21-9-0 5-0-0

Us 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 (115.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:15 Round 1 of 5

By Andrei Arlovski
21-8-0 9-3-0

Us UFC 55: Fury
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2005.10.07
Weigh-In: 251.0 lbs (113.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
4:00 Round 1 of 3

Us Kevin Jordan
20-8-0 8-2-0

Us UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2005.06.04
Weigh-In: 250.0 lbs (113.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:34 Round 1 of 3

Us Justin Eilers
19-8-0 9-2-1

Us 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 (112.0 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Bo Cantrell

Us King of the Cage

2004.11.14
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Lloyd Marshbanks

Mx Mexico Regional

2003.12.28
Win | Submission

Us Bobby Hoffman

Us King of the Cage

2003.11.02
Win | KO/TKO | Kick

Us Andy Montana

Us Rumble on the Rock

2003.10.10
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Us Bobby Hoffman

Us King of the Cage

2003.08.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Mike Kyle

Us King of the Cage

2002.11.01
Win | KO/TKO | Kick

Roger Neff

Us King of the Cage

2002.06.19
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jimmy Westfall

Us Texas Regional

2001.09.25
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Gary Marshall

Us International Fighting Championship

2001.08.31
Loss | Submission | Leglock

Us Nate Schroeder

Us International Fighting Championship

2001.06.15
Loss | Submission | Strikes

Sam Sotello

Us International Fighting Championship

2001.04.11
Loss | Submission | Leglock

Us Ricco Rodriguez

Us King of the Cage

2001.02.24
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Larry Parker

Us International Fighting Championship

2000.06.14
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Rocky Batastini

Us International Fighting Championship

2000.05.03
Loss | Submission | Strikes

Us Gan McGee

Us International Fighting Championship

2000.05.03
Win | Submission | Strikes

Us Jason Godsey

Us International Fighting Championship

2000.05.03
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Jimmy Westfall

Us Texas Regional

1999.12.04
Win | Submission | Strikes

Gilbert Duran

Us Texas Regional

1999.11.20
Win | Submission | Strikes

Denny Mathias

Us Texas Regional

1999.11.20
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury

Us Todd Broadaway

Us Extreme Challenge

1999.05.15
Win | Submission | Choke

Dustin Heronemus

Us Texas Regional

1998.06.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Shane Saavedra

Us Texas Regional

1998.06.20
Win | KO/TKO | Knee

Us Larry Parker

Us Texas Regional

1998.06.20
Loss | Submission

Us Dan Severn

Us Texas Regional

1997.08.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Derek McGill

Us Texas Regional

1997.04.12
Win | Submission | Choke

David Davis

Us Texas Regional

1997.04.12
Loss | Submission | Choke

Us Evan Tanner

Us Texas Regional

1997.04.12

Paul Buentello Wiki Update Wiki

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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