Paul Buentello. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello will reportedly face rising prospect Todd Duffee in his return to the organization at UFC 107, which is slated to take place on December 12 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.
According to MMA Junkie, both fighters have verbally agreed to the fight and the paperwork is nearly finalized. The matchup could take place on the televised pay-per-view portion of the event.
Buentello returns to the UFC after spending the past three years fighting under the Strikeforce and Affliction banners. “The Headhunter” racked up a 5-1 record, which included wins over Tank Abbott and Gary Goodridge as well as a loss to Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem. Buentello went 3-1 in his original one-year stint with the UFC in 2005 and fought Andrei Arlovski for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 55, losing via KO in the first round.
Duffee, who currently trains with American Top Team, has won all five of his professional bouts to begin his career. Duffee opened the eyes of many observers in his UFC debut at UFC 102, where he set the promotional record for fastest knockout with a seven-second dismantling of Tim Hague.
B.J. Penn is expected to defend his UFC lightweight title against “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez in UFC 107’s main event. Bouts pitting Kenny Florian against Clay Guida and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir with Cheick Kongo are also expected.
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