UFC Fight Night 21: Paul Buentello vs Cheick Kongo on tap for March 21

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*


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