Although UFC fighter Paul Buentello hasn’t officially been cut from the organization, his camp is preparing for the worst.
“We’ve had discussions with the UFC about moving forward with Paul,” Ellis Pacheco, Buentello’s manager stated today. “Have we received any paperwork? No.”
Buentello had “issues” with his second fight in a row, when he faced Cheick Kongo at UFC: Versus 1 in late March.
Kongo most definitely dominated the fight on the ground, and Buentello seemingly just summited quite unexpectedly in the final round. It was confirmed later on by Buentello’s cornerman, Trevor Wittman, that Paul suffered a dislocated finger early on in the fight, and the pain from the injury forced him to give up.
“It was very frustrating because of how well Paul had done in training camp with takedown defense and wrestling,” Pacheco said. “He had lost 26 pounds for the fight.”
Wittman reported that medics injected Buentello’s hand with Novocaine to dull the pain. After the incident at the event, Buentello stated that he wanted to quit fighting for good.
“I told him to not make any rash decisions,” Wittman said. “He was like, ‘Oh, the UFC’s going to cut me.’ Honestly, from my perspective – and I try to keep it as real as I can because I love Paul, and I think he’s a great fighter – I think he’s got to have more dimensions at this high level of the game.”
Ellis Pacheco, said that most likely Buentello will have to have a few fights out of the UFC and assuming he wins the bouts, will make a comeback to the organization.
“Do they want to drop Paul? No,” Pacheco said. “But he’s got two losses, so it’s possible that he might have to fight a few times outside the UFC and pick up a couple of wins and come back. I got a very nice email from Joe (Silva) saying if they have to do that, they’d very much like to have Paul back.”
So it appears that Paul will not be retiring…right now at least.