JAMES MCSWEENEY REPLACES MARCUS SURSA; FACES PAUL BUENTELLO IN LEGACY FC 22 MAIN EVENT

BY SHERDOG.COM STAFFJUL 21, 2013 and by Bastos BJJ media admin

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Paul Buentello has a new opponent for his Legacy Fighting Championship debut next month.

Legacy promoter Mick Maynard on Sunday informed Sherdog.com that Englishman James McSweeney will square off against Buentello in place of Marcus Sursa at Legacy FC 22. The light heavyweight bout tops Legacy’s AXS TV-broadcast card, which takes place Aug. 23 at Lubbock Civic Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Buentello, 39, will make the cut to 205 pounds for the first time in his 16-year career. The onetime UFC heavyweight title contender is currently riding a three-fight win streak, including a pair of victories over previously unbeaten Latvian Igor Kostin. In headlining Legacy FC 22, “The Headhunter” will compete his highest-profile bout since dropping a unanimous decision to then-Bellator champ Cole Konrad in August 2011.

Kickboxing convert McSweeney is best known for his stint on the 10th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” where he was eliminated in the semifinals by eventual winner Roy Nelson. Since exiting the UFC in 2010 with a sub-.500 record, the 32-year-old “Hammer” has leveled his career mark to a respectable 11-10. McSweeney currently trains under Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Robert Drysdale and last competed in March, when he stopped Dion Staring in 38 seconds at CFA 10.

Buentello has also been training with a jim-jitsu ace, Multiple Time BJJ World Cup Champ, ADCC vet, and NoGi World Champ, Bruno Bastos of Nova Uniao. Bastos awarded Buentello his Blue Belt prior to his recent fight with Igor Kostin in Russia, and has helped the dangerous striker gain new-found confidence and motivation in the ground game. This, coupled with his current 3 fight streak, has given Buentello confidence in his always dangerous striking, as he was able to use these jim-jitsu skills to nullify the attack of Kostin, a Russian national wrestling team member, in both of their fights.

Buentello has embraced the drop to 205, where he feels he can make a splash with his power and experience. Working with Nova Uniao school, Bastos BJJ Midland, where being around young motivated fighters should show a new revitalized Paul Buentello.

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