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Buentello taking his training seriously in what could be last shot

Steve Cofield

Time isn't on the side of Paul Buentello. You don't recognize the name? Buentello, 36, was around during the day when the UFC heavyweight roster was a bit thin. Andrei Arlovski was the champ and the promotion had a tough time finding opponents before UFC 55.

Buentello (27-11, 3-1 UFC) stepped up to the plate but he wasn't ready and fought recklessly. He treated his career the same way when he walked away from the promotion in the middle of 2006. Buentello's schedule got real sketchy and he made little money so when he had the chance to get back into the UFC, he jumped at it. But it's a different world now in the UFC heavyweight division. It's brimming with solid prospects and every fight could be your last.

Buentello lost a close decision war against Stefan Struve at UFC 107 and now he has Cheick Kongo. What does a loss mean? Buentello can't even think about it.

He badly needs the win so he made a radical move from Northern California to the Denver area. Buentello, respecting the altitude change in Broomfield, Co. has been in the area for the last six weeks. He thinks it'll make a huge difference in his fight on Sunday.

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