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Paul Buentello Is No Longer Welcome at AKA

(With no one around to tell him how to train, Buentello just guesses what a workout might look like based on what he’s seen on late-night infomercials.)

Paul Buentello is set to make his UFC return this Saturday night against Stefan Struve, but he’ll be doing so without the support of the boys down at the American Kickboxing Academy.  That’s because Buentello has been suspended from the San Jose, California gym due to his decision to hire someone other than AKA’s Bob Cook as his manager.  As he told Fight Magazine:

“I’m on suspension. I think Bob [Cook] has most control of it, letting me back in the gym. … I’ve always came to this crossroads, if I ever go back to the UFC, I gotta have somebody on board that’s gonna sell me like I’m the best thing since sliced bread,” said Buentello. The native Texan believes that someone is Elis Pacheco of New York-based Dedos Marketing Group, which has worked with Ice-T, Fat Joe and Beyonce Knowles.

“You just get that vibe, you know? That he’s out for your best interest no matter what and he doesn’t care about pushing the limits,” he said. “He’s gonna get the deal done.”

Since he can’t train at AKA, Buentello has been working out of the Nor Cal Fight Factory with the help of former teammates Dave Velasquez and Mike Kyle. And all this as he tries to focus on making a successful return to the Octagon at UFC 107. Said Buentello, “…it sucks that I can’t go home for a little bit.”

Indeed it does. It also sucks that your friends and training partners would turn their back on you just because you want different representation.  And who could blame him?  I mean, this new guy he’s with managed Fat Joe, who has no discernable talent and yet is rich and famous.  Why wouldn’t that appeal to Buentello?

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ReDx- December 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm
So is he trying to be a rapper or a fighter?
Mike Milbury- December 8, 2009 at 10:28 am
Nothing surprising here. AKA being dicks again. Good thing they can fight because every one of them needs to get a beatdown for being egotistical pricks.
Kimbos Bread- December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

I agree with you on cecil peoples. That guy should be publicly executed if he ever fucks up another big fight.
Barc- December 8, 2009 at 6:06 am
The last Buentello fight that I saw was... who cares? Seriously? Buentello vs. Struve over Palhares/Linhares or Wiman/Nelson? How does Struve continue to be main card cannon fodder, and who gives a flying monkey shit about Buentello? (...except Skeletor. Sorry, bro.)
Sabado Gigante- December 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm
Soooo, is Buentello trying to be a rapper or something??? Hold up, let me read the rest of the article... Brb
skeletor- December 7, 2009 at 7:55 pm
Buentello has the crisp srtiking to deal with Lesnar. His take down defense is good enough to stop him also. I'd say ol' Paul is going all the way to the HW strap this time around.
robthom- December 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm
That last sentence says it all. He'd better resurrect Johnny Chocran if he trying to convince anybody that he's ever been or will be more than a clubber.

Well at least that gives Nelson 1 more fight before undisputed irrelevance.
Tai-Pan- December 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm
Take my cock out of your mouth, greedy fucking douchebag.
snicket916- December 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm
it's their not there you fucking inbread
snicket916- December 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm
@ omunto

take the cock out of your mouth
omunto- December 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm
@ snicket916

Worst. Comeback. Ever.
snicket916- December 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Top 5 Idiot/Posers Who for Some Reason Are Involved With MMA
1. Mike Goldberg
2. Maggie Hendricks
3. Franklin McNeil and his sources
4. Loretta Cunt
5. Cecil Peoples

UFC needs to switch things up and start having their fights in a ring. Get rid of elbows, and allow knees to the head of C.B. Dolloway
RaginAsian- December 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm
Doesn't matter who's managing him or where he's training. Buentello just doesn't have what it takes to be relevant in the UFC. Now Strikeforce on the other hand...
agentsmith- December 7, 2009 at 4:15 pm
I don't necessarily agree with a gym forcing you to use them as your management, but I also don't necessarily think it's smart to hire some Hollywoodish music agent who knows fuck all about the MMA business.
Thatsozay- December 7, 2009 at 3:51 pm
sKeletor is a Moron. That's all.
skeletor- December 7, 2009 at 3:37 pm
He should find out who's managing Pedro Martinez and Don Zimmer, because there rematch is all over the fucking place. It;s the most hyped fight I've heard in a while.