It's been more than three years since Paul Buentello stepped foot in the Octagon, but the "Headhunter" will make his return to the promotion he called home for over a year when he faces American Top Team fighter, Todd Duffee, in a heavyweight showdown at UFC 107 in Memphis, Tenn.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Friday, who indicated that bout agreements have been issued, and Buentello's deal with the UFC already being finalized.
During his time with the UFC, Buentello amassed an impressive 3-1 record with his lone loss coming at the hands of former champion, Andrei Arlovski, in 2005.
Since leaving the promotional juggernaut, Buentello put together another great run of victories including wins over David "Tank" Abbott, Gary Goodridge, and Carter Williams.
Now the American Kickboxing Academy fighter will look to make an instant impact in his return fight as he faces a very hungry young competitor in Todd Duffee.
Duffee, who takes the fight in Dec with a perfect 5-0 record, blasted his way through Tim Hague in his UFC debut in only :17 seconds. The American Top Team fighter had said he hoped to face a top fighter in his next bout, and Buentello definitely fits the bill.
No word yet if the fight between Buentello and Duffee will make the main card or the preliminary card, but more announcements about the event are expected in the coming weeks from the UFC.