Buentello Out Of Ufc 50
Buentello Out of UFC 50
By Joe Hall
Paul Buentello had waited seven years for a shot in the UFC. His anticipated debut was scheduled for October 22 at UFC 50, but now the Texas native will have to wait a little longer.
The heavyweight injured his right hand during training and will not be able to fight Tra Telligman in Atlantic City. While sparring with AKA teammate Bobby Southworth a couple weeks ago, Buentello threw a body shot that connected with Southworth’s elbow. Buentello’s fist made impact just between his ring finger and his pinky, resulting in a slight shock of pain. He finished out the round, not thinking much about it.
In the next round, though, a sharp stinging sensation accompanied each right hand that he landed. He took a day off before resuming training, but the hand began to swell. More time was taken to allow the swelling to subside, but it started again as soon as he began a light session on the mitts.
Although X-rays didn’t reveal a fracture, Buentello was informed that he had bruised the tendons in his hand. He gave it one last shot in the gym, and the swelling quickly returned. He can grab with the hand, but he struggles to pull even car doors open. The doctor told him he needed to rest the hand for three to four weeks, meaning no punching, no grabbing, no lifting weights and no UFC.
Buentello had fractured his third metacarpal on the same hand in a fight last December. He figures his long layoff from sparring due to that injury may have rendered the hand somewhat weak leading into his intensified August training sessions.
"It just sucks," says Buentello, who had been doing cardio while waiting for the swelling to go down. "I wanted to prove to everybody that I belonged in there a long time ago."
Despite the injury, he’s certain he’ll make his debut soon. "From what it sounds like, it won’t be too long," he says. "The UFC said my contract is still standing."
An official replacement to take on Telligman has not yet been named, though John Marsh is a rumored possibility.
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