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Brett Rogers vs. Paul Buentello to be added to Nov. 8 EliteXC show

A clash of heavyweight titans Brett “The Grim” Rogers and Paul “The Head Hunter” Buentello is expected to be officially announced by EliteXC as having been added to its Nov. 8 event at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. confirmed the news with Rogers’ trainer, Mike Reilly of Team Bison in St. Paul, MN earlier this morning. Reilly indicated that bout agreements are expected to be signed within the next few days but that verbal commitments from both fighters have already been secured.

“Brett is very excited to be getting back into the cage after such a long layoff and is excited to be taking on such a great opponent,” Reilly told Five Ounces of Pain. “Paul presents the biggest test of Brett’s career. He’s a great fighter and we have a ton of respect for him and we’re really excited to step up to that next level challenge.”

Rogers last competed on May 31 during EliteXC’s “Primetime” event in Newark, N.J. Fighting Jon Murphy in what will go down as the first-ever mixed martial arts fight ever broadcast on primetime network television in the U.S., Rogers improved to 8-0 following a first round TKO over the former Syracuse University linebacker.

Buentello is a veteran of both the UFC and Strikeforce promotions and had been scheduled to fight former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson on Oct. 11 under the Affliction Entertainment banner until the card had to be postponed.

Buentello, 26-10, last competed during Affliction’s debut event on July 19 in Anaheim, Calif. where he recorded a unanimous decision victory over Gary Goodridge.

The addition of Rogers vs. Buentello means that a planned 140 pound female attraction between Kaitlin Young and Sarah Kaufman will be relegated to the non-televised undercard.

EliteXC’s Nov. 8 “Night of Champions” event will be televised on SHOWTIME and will feature EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler defending his title vs. Joey Villasenor along with Eddie Alvarez and Nick Diaz squaring off against each other for the vacant EliteXC lightweight title. The show will also feature Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante taking on a yet-to-be-named opponent and an opening bout between Scott Smith and former Cuban Olympic Judoka Hector Lombard.

  • ekc says:

    nice fight!

  • the Levi says:

    this should be an awesome slug fest. I think that I’m gonna have to pick the Grim Brett Rogers by tKO.

  • Venom says:

    OK, I’ve been very judgmental of Brett in the past for the same reasons he doesn’t like Kimbo. He’s had no top-notch opponents and he has a big mouth. If he can decisively defeat Paul, I’ll give him the respect he wants from the fans. It’s just hard for me to get behind a fighter that has 5 or 6 wins under his belt but talks like he’s a F’N champion.
    He can talk the talk, now let’s see if he can walk the walk! (I hate clichés!) :-)

  • j says:

    This is shaping up to be a good card.

  • Rich S. says:

    there’s alot of things about Buentello that worry me [stamina, guard, etc.]
    but i think he should win here..
    Brett swings stupid.. to put it lightly..
    in the Murphy fight, all Murphy had to do was move his head.. just a little..
    the guy sat there, and took blows from heavy hands…
    and most of them missed WITHOUT moving his head..

    Brett swings too crazy..

  • Joseph says:

    Excellent fight!

    This is turning out to be a GREAT card.
    Can’t wait!

  • Jason G says:

    Even if he loses to Paul but keeps it close or shows us something we can better gauge how good he is. A win over Paul should allow him to fight the top guys in the division. Of course Paul might be better than anyone else in the HW division. Maybe he could fight that badass Petruzelli if he wins.

  • KneeToTheFace says:

    The C Buentello is a good gateway to see who deserves to be in the renowned b-class fighter division.

  • Tony Fennen says:

    Anyone wanna bet this fight ends in a KO or TKO?

    I am going to take Buentello in this one…. just because I like to see people lose their undefeated status.

  • Robert says:

    Rogers is gonna do work.

  • Steve says:

    this is going to be a great card.

  • RJA says:

    lawler/villasenor should be exciting,along with rodgers fight,except the latter won’t leave the first round.Hoping diaz go’s down but i don’t think i’d bet on it.Will be fun to watch either way.


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