This past Saturday, one of our KNOXX Heavyweight fighters, Paul “The Head Hunter” Buentello, was set to fight in a brand new MMA organization called Nemesis Fight Promotions. It was their first event which was held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and this is was fight card for their event:
205 lbs.: Keith Jardine vs. Francisco France
265 lbs.: Paul Buentello vs. Kerry Schall
205 lbs.: Eliot Marshall vs. Chris Davis
155 lbs.: Jeff Curran vs. Travis Marx
185 lbs.: Terry Martin vs. Marcus Hicks
125 lbs.: John Dodson vs. John Moraga
185 lbs.: Dean Lister vs. Kyle Seals
All the fighters showed up to fight and gave the organization and the fans what they wanted but unfortunately every single fighter was stiffed and was unpaid for their fights by Nemesis Fight Promotions.
Here’s what Paul “The Head Hunter” Buentello shared with us on his blog about how he feels about these organizations are doing to him when it comes to the sport he has competed in and loved for so long.
These were Paul Buentello’s KNOXX Fight Shorts with his sponsors logo for this fight. He won by decision and ended up with a few bumps, one black eye, one broken hand, and one busted lip BUT NO PAY CHECK!!
I know the sport of MMA and combat fighting has been expanding quite rapidly and people think there’s good money out there within the sport but where is the honor when ur stiffing the fighters that fought hard, risked their health and lives for your Organization??!
A heavyweight bout that could have the octagon rocking is set now that strikers Cheick Kongo (14-6-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Paul Buentello (27-11 MMA, 3-2 UFC) are signed to meet at UFC on Versus 1.
The Versus-televised event is set for March 21 at The Odeum Colorado in Broomfield (near Denver) with a headliner of Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera.
Kongo and Buentello are part of the night’s televised main card.
Buentello, who recently returned to the UFC after a run with rival Strikeforce and Affliction Entertainment, dropped a majority decision to Stefan Struve in December. The closely contested UFC 107 loss snapped the fighter’s two-fight win streak, and it was just his second loss in his past eight fights.
Buentello, in fact, is 12-3 since August 2001, and the lone losses came to then-champ Andrei Arlovski, Alistair Overeem (for the vacant Strikeforce heavyweight belt) and Struve.
The former top UFC heavyweight contender now meets Kongo, who was on the verge of a UFC title shot (after three TKO wins over Dan Evensen, Mostapha Al Turk and Antoni Hardonk) before his recent back-to-back losses to Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir. A noted French srtiker, Kongo again was penalized for a lacking ground game when he suffered the submission loss to Mir at UFC 107. Kongo refused to tap and went out cold before the referee halted the bout.
The latest UFC on Versus 1 card now includes:
* Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera
* Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
* Paul Buentello vs. Cheick Kongo
* John Howard vs. Anthony Johnson
* Shannon Gugerty vs. Clay Guida*
* Eliot Marshall vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
* Spencer Fisher vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig
* James Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara*
* Chase Gormley vs. Brendan Schaub*
Part 1: KNOXX video host Meredith Divita interviews UFC Heavyweight, Paul “The Head Hunter” Buentello. He talks coming back to the UFC, his relationship with Strikeforce and his upcoming fight with Stefan Struve in UFC 107
Part 2: KNOXX video host Meredith Divita interviews UFC Heavyweight, Paul “The Head Hunter” Buentello. He talks about fighting Gilbert Yvel and Kimbo Slice
Check out these MMA fighters TRY to play some golf.
MMA is a very political industry with its fair share of cliques. However, there is a cause that never fails to bring unity to the MMA community, and that is the memory of the late Ryan Bennett. He was professional sportscaster who worked for several local NBC affiliates and hosted talks shows on sports radio stations such as ESPN 1280 and Sports Radio 570, Bennett is most familiar to MMA fans as the co-founder of MMAWeekly.com and as a former UFC announcer.
Bennett died tragically in a car accident on May 31, 2006 at the age of 36, leaving wife Tonya and four children behind.
25 fighters + a golf course= tons of fun!
MMA Agents presents their first Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Ryan Bennett’s Family at Sierra Lakes Golf Course in Ontario, CA. Tuesday was a beautiful day and everyone started checking in at 9am. The teams which included one fighter on each hit the course for the next five hours for some golf, fun, and drinking. This included keg stands on the 10th hole with the hooter’s ladies serving as well as various sponsors scattered on different holes across the course. All in all it was a fantastic day and a ton of fun! Tanya Bennett, her daughter and sister were on hand to oversee the activities.
Paul “The Head Hunter” Buentello talks about Affliction, about the sport of MMA, his direction in fighting, Fedor and Strikeforce.
Like Paul “The Head Hunter” Buentello’s shirt says…. “SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL KNOXX DEALER”
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