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Paul Buentello - The Headhunter

An alumnus of the legendary American Kickboxing Academy, Paul Anthony “The Headhunter” Buentello proved himself to be an intense fighter from the beginning. Born on January 16th, 1874 in Amarillo, Texas, Buentello attended high school with UFC fighter Rashad Evans. After beginning his training at a young age, “The Headhunter” earned his nickname during high school due to the frequency of the head kicks that he delivered during training.

Buentello looked to be in his best shape ever at his UFC debut where he scored a quick knockout over opponent Justin Eilers in the very first round. That fight was followed up with a bout against UFC veteran Kevin “The Shaman” Jordon at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s UFC 53: Heavy Hitters event; Buentello won with a guillotine choke, again in the first round. UFC management quickly scheduled a title shot against Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski and that match became known as the most uneventful main event in MMA history; Arlovski’s first punch knock Buentello out cold and the defeated fighter proceeded to land directly on top of Arlovski, leaving the crowd and announcers wondering what had happened.

Buentello went on to win his next several fights, including two impressive victories with the Strikeforce promotion.
 

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