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Todd Duffee to Resume Eating at UFC 107 Against Paul Buentello

"That was an appetizer, Dana. Let me eat."

So said undefeated American Top Team prospect Todd Duffee after his seven-second storming of Tim Hague at UFC 102. It was one of the most fearsome debuts in UFC history, and Duffee made it clear afterwards that he wanted to get right back into the cage to show fans what he’s really capable of. And it looks like the UFC has found him a suitable challenge for his follow-up performance.

MMA Junkie is reporting that Duffee (5-0) will return at UFC 107 (December 12th, Memphis) to take on seasoned striker Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello (24-10). Buentello previously had a four-fight stint in the UFC in 2005-2006, where he scored stoppage wins over Justin Eilers, Kevin Jordan, and Gilbert Aldana, but suffered a knockout loss to Andrei Arlovski in a heavyweight title fight at UFC 55. Following his exit from the Octagon, he went 3-1 in Strikeforce, with his sole loss coming at the hands (and knees) of Alistair Overeem in a fight for Strikeforce’s heavyweight title. Now, the Headhunter is coming off back-to-back victories in Affliction over Gary Goodridge (via decision) and Kirill Sidelnikov (via third-round TKO).

In other words, Buentello is a fighter who’s never quite reached the top levels of the sport, but who could give any up-and-comer a bad night. Sounds like a perfect test for Duffee, and it could be one of the surprise highlights of the UFC 107 card, which currently looks like this:

BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez (for lightweight title)
Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida (LW)
Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir (HW)
Thiago Alves vs. Paulo Thiago (WW)
Paul Buentello vs. Todd Duffee (HW)
Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia (MW)
Kevin Burns vs. T.J. Grant (WW)

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Cock Chestner- September 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm
this comment of the week thing is inspiring a lot of really not funny posts. just want to point that out.
TheSlothman- September 22, 2009 at 10:56 am
This kids coming in looking for a firefight, but guess what, thats a real bad play against the way or another , someones getting KTFO
Rejo- September 22, 2009 at 10:28 am
Is it just me, or does this guy look like he is wearing a flesh colored neck brace. That is the craziest neck ever. I've seen dudes with huge lats before, but his actual neck looks abnormally thick.
KidDinomite- September 22, 2009 at 10:16 am
Damn this could be the card of the year, shit!!!!
Nut Puncher 9000- September 22, 2009 at 10:09 am
This kid (Duffee) is my new favorite prospect. P.B. should be a good gauge on where he is. Another < 1min smashing and they will express lane him to the top.
BuckWild- September 22, 2009 at 9:51 am
Either way. I think if this big young MONSTER gets KO'ed , he will learn from it and come back stronger. Might be what he needs early in his career to become great. I mean look at GSP he got a couple of loses early and now he is dominating !
Viva Hate- September 22, 2009 at 9:50 am
Just remember Duffee when you KO the Headhunter don't let his carcase land on you ala Arlovski, it just makes the KO look sloppy.
mondooh- September 22, 2009 at 8:52 am
Good effing card
LAS- September 22, 2009 at 8:48 am
I have to agree with a couple others on here, I don't know if it is smart to throw a guy with 5 pro fights in with a dude like Buentello; look what Buentello did to the highly touted Baby Fedor.

Duffee seems to think he can eat coal and shit diamonds, and he may be a better athlete than Buentello, but based on one attempted strike at a dude running in face first with his hands down, I'm not ready to crown Duffee the next big thing at HW. I think it might have been wiser to stick him in with a jobber like McCully or one of the TUF 10 guys rather than Buentello.
Beatingu- September 22, 2009 at 8:37 am
Duffy is coming for you BROCK, HES COMING!!!!!!!!
One Two- September 22, 2009 at 8:33 am
Paulo is fighting the same three guys GSP just fought ya think they'd give him a break. He knocked out koscheck which made me an instant fan but his next two fights are former #2 contenders rough. buentello should kill this kid.
831 Son- September 22, 2009 at 8:19 am
WOW!!! Paulo Thiago is going to get smashed my Thiago Alves.
Peppermint Nightmare- September 22, 2009 at 7:59 am
I just looked this up for the hell of it.
Paul Buentello
27 victories
17 via (t)KO
9 via submission
1 decision

Damn. That's pretty impressive.
Peppermint Nightmare- September 22, 2009 at 7:55 am
Buentello is no chump, never has been, and he's gonna knock the shit outta this kid. Quite possibly literally.
Jugger- September 22, 2009 at 6:49 am
Paul will be the perfect test for Duffee. Paul is a cheezy, unassuming, plebeian. And he will beat you if you sleep on him. He's been training AKA (I think) for a long long time and, appearances aside, is legit threat.

"Don't fear me! Fear the consequences!" * crickets *

Good fight for Duffee, a win here will raise even more eyebrows.
Fight Fan- September 22, 2009 at 6:48 am
Johnny Mutua was the doorman at a club where I tended bar in my early twenties. A bar frequented by Tank. Needless to say, those were interesting times.

I remember one exchange...
"What can I get ya?"
"Do you know who the f__k I am?"
"Of course, you're Tank"
"I'm the guy who knocked the sh_t of the the guy at the front door"
GEE-yuh-TEEN- September 22, 2009 at 6:43 am
I can't believe they're going to televise this dude eating... and PPV none the less...
Ballentine- September 22, 2009 at 6:33 am
I see Paul having a John Matua seizure.