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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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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

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

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 | 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
Win | KO/TKO
2:44 Round 2 of 3, 7:44 Total

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

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

2013.08.23
Odds: +140 (Slight Underdog) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
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
29-14-0 11-5-0

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
29-13-0 7-0-0

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

2011.08.20
Odds: +525 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 255.25 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Cancelled Bout Cole Konrad Bellator 42 2011.04.23
Reason: Buentello Back Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Kerry Schall

Dominican Republic Regional

2010.12.11
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch

Tim Sylvia

California Regional

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
27-11-0 14-6-1

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

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

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

2009.12.12
Odds: +111 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 255.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | 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
26-10-0 5-2-0

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 | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

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

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

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

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
24-9-0 3-1-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
3:57 Round 2 of 3, 8:57 Total

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

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
22-9-0 9-11-0

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
21-9-0 5-0-0

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 | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:15 Round 1 of 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Bo Cantrell

King of the Cage

2004.11.14
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Lloyd Marshbanks

Mexico Regional

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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