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Paul Buentello: Cheick Kongo is not going to want to stand with me


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It depends on which Kongo comes out. It totally depends if he's going for the takedowns and trying to hold people down, or if it's the Kongo that wants to stand and strike. It all depends on which Kongo shows up. No matter what fight I get into, everybody knows which Paul Buentello is going to show up: It's going to be a standup war. We're thinking he's going to go for a takedown. He's not going to want to stand. That's our whole gameplan, he's not going to stand at all.

UFC heavyweight power-puncher Paul Buentello isn't preparing for French fisticuffs when he gets down and dirty with Cheick Kongo at the UFC on Versus event scheduled for March 21 in Colorado. "The Headhunter" is coming off a majority decision loss to Stefan Struve at last December's UFC 107 event and likely needs a win here to keep himself from getting bounced from the promotion. The UFC has transformed its heavyweight division with powerful up-and-comers like Todd Duffee, Pat Barry, Junior dos Santos and two guys you've probably never heard of named Cain Velasquez and Shane Carwin. Is there still a place in this division for Buentello -- or even Kongo for that matter?

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