MMAJunkie.com is reporting that verbal agreements have been made by both parties, and that bout contracts should be signed and submitted shortly.
Buentello bounced from the UFC in early 2006 and has reeled off an impressive 6-1 record since his exit. His sole loss came in his Strikeforce title fight against current heavyweight champion Alistair Overeeem in February of 2007.
Duffee has been on a nationwide self-promotional tour since setting the UFC knockout record against Tim Hague at UFC 102. It took the him all of seven seconds to put Hague to sleep.
Following that impressive performance, Duffee made it perfectly clear he wanted to fight again as quickly as possible, not only to ride that wave of momentum towards stardom, but also to climb the 265-pound ladder as quickly as possible.
It appears that the UFC concurred as they seem just as excited about the youngster. Throwing him back in the cage will only increase fan recognition, and if he’s able to post another sick KO, he will definitely have the MMA world’s attention.
Although the 23-year-old’s game is still pretty green, his sheer size, athletic ability and striking can make him a legit threat to the heavyweight crown one day.
Here’s how an updated UFC 107 card looks with the return of Buentello:
When: December 12, 2009
Where: Memphis, Tennessee
Todd Duffee vs. Paul Buentello
Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia
Thiago Alves vs. Paulo Thiago
Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir
Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida
BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez (UFC Lightweight championship)