Former-UFC heavyweight Paul Buentello quickly rebounded from his disappointing second term with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, posting a unanimous decision win in the main event of “Shark Fights 11” over Bryan Humes. Buentello took control of the fight early, managing to dictate the bout almost in its entirety. The lopsided decision win handed Humes his first professional loss and ended Buentello’s two fight skid.
Buentello was released from his UFC contract prior to signing on with Shark Fights after dropping a close decision to Stefan Struve, followed by a dismal performance against Frenchman Cheick Kongo at “UFC on Versus 1.” The UFC was not quick to drop Buentello from the roster, as the weeks of speculation displayed, but the news finally surfaced that Buentello was done in the Octagon.
The consecutive losses made up Buentello’s second stint with the promotion. His first, a much more productive one, ended with a 3-1 record with the lone loss coming at the hands of Andrei Arlovski in a heavyweight championship fight. Buentello now stands at an even 3-3 in the UFC and has been forced to the smaller shows to land a chance at returning to a major promotion such as his former or Strikeforce.
Humes entered the bout with a perfect 6-0 record, with four of those victories coming via stoppage. The bout was his first true test against a notable opponent and was his fourth under the Shark Fights banner.