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12/12/10 7:06 PM
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"Rock Bottom" - Paul Buentello -

The Headhunter Blog post http://t.co/ns3Gwv2 retweet for all other fighters on this fight card


U never know what Rock bottom is till it's in your face and the bottom has fallen out and the bottom wasn't the stop to climb back to the top. I'm flying as i write this thinking what's next... has this sport that I loved turned on me? why this cage has givin me a bad taste? why..? Why..?

I've made mistakes in the last company that could guarantee a secured pay check. I take full responsibly for slacking in fight performance. I chose to climb back up to the show and perform to the best I can ever do and not look back!

But...now, with me having been not paid my last paychecks, back to back, taken away like a ice cube in the mojave deaf valley desert! Gone! I did the time, hard work and I performed...and nothing to show for it....This last trip into the cage was a chance to start to climb back up!

A chance to put some eggs back in the nest, a chance to get ahead and focus on the cage and the sport I love so deeply. I walk the line of a fighter, they call, I'm in to work, with no fear of the "what if", just do my job and get it done well to have my hands raised at the end. To feel the rush of tears of "wow" hit my eyes! A chance to say "Yes!!!" to the first step on that ladder back to the top!

"Hell yes" to the money... for the stress gorilla on my back that gets bigger between each cage dates! The bills that don't forget to be mailed on time every month! I have want, to put it away for the little ones and the not so little ones!

I have the need to take care of the ones who brought me into this world! I need that check in my hand to say "go away" to that stress gorilla,"be gone" black yelling gorilla of stress! The check feels great to have and dream of doing great things for all who look up to me everyday,every morning and every night with those big I love u DAD eyes! The eyes that say thank you SON!Yes!!! it felt great to do my job and get this this paper from a bank in my hand, I read it twice with a smile.

Folding the stress killer in half, sliding the paper of calmness in my back pocket!!!My chest was pumped, feels great, a few bumps, one black eye ,one broken hand,one busted lip, but i felt good. I Love this sport!!

Next morning the birds are singing and the phone is ringing-the fight promoter......

HELLO...... YEs........ Ummmmmm!! Wait!!! WTF ... WTF noooooooo! Damn!?!?

Yes it's true .. My gorrilla is right back, that stress killer in my back pocket... is not worth the paper it's written on! Yes, thats right, ONCE AGAIN, not getting paid for the work, once again... I'm left empty handed and broken physically and broken mentally!

I'm lost of words right now?My hand hurts!My respect for the sports growing & new promoters is really on the fence of mixed emotions.Let me say this... we fighters showed up to fight. we saw the crowd,we saw and witness the unorganized of the promoters.

The lack of commission, the lack of time keeps, the lack of real doctors, the use of icy hot in the locker rooms.(FYI icy hot is not allowed never for the fact it will burn if it gets in your eyes during the fight....)W

e all showed up to do are job and with hope of living a dream, of being a MMA fighter! The promoters took advantage of are duty to fight and our love and big dreams we have of this sport.

We showed up and made the show happen!The fights were great, more then great ,they were off the hook!!Just the fact we showed up to fight, not knowing the pay checks were not going to be worth crap,showed up unknowing ...that we would leave unpaid!

We did our Jobs... to the tenth degree!As for me... I'm really lost right now? My gut has nothing to tell me right now?I land in the states soon!!! Ugh.. !!

I will turn my phone on.... to tell the people close to me.... the bad news... from the sport I love and it will be just as hard...to tell those eyes that always say "I LOVE YOU DAD"....

-December will be rough-
12/12/10 7:09 PM
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12/12/10 7:37 PM
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Edited: 12/12/10 7:38 PM
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But...now, with me having been not paid my last paychecks, back to back.....

Does this mean Paul was stiffed by SHARK FIGHTS and POWERHOUSE PROMOTIONS? Sure hope not!
12/12/10 7:40 PM
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seriously after it was postponed "due to a storm" who didn't think this shit show was going to have problems? The event happened a day earlier than the rescheduled date (lol) even though the website said it was happening on Monday (lol), and the sportsbooks all accepted bets on it after it was over and done with because nobody knew about it until Jardine said something on his site. What a joke, I feel sorry for the guys who probably won't get paid ever
12/12/10 7:47 PM
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DanasDaddy - But...now, with me having been not paid my last paychecks, back to back.....

Does this mean Paul was stiffed by SHARK FIGHTS and POWERHOUSE PROMOTIONS? Sure hope not!

12/12/10 8:03 PM
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Doesn't the comission hold on to a fighter's purse?
12/12/10 8:20 PM
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ttt for PHALANX_MANAGEMENT to explain.
12/12/10 8:25 PM
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wtf?!
12/12/10 8:28 PM
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12/12/10 8:28 PM
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12/12/10 8:30 PM
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Paul,

I got to roll with you just after your rematch with Larry Parker. I was Parker's cornerman and you came out to CO and rolled with us for a bit after the fight.

I've had great respect for you before and since then.

I'm terribly bummed to hear of the news. All I can say is, sometimes bad things happen to good people. I hope this gets resolved quickly and you get paid.
12/12/10 8:33 PM
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12/12/10 8:41 PM
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DanasDaddy - But...now, with me having been not paid my last paychecks, back to back.....

Does this mean Paul was stiffed by SHARK FIGHTS and POWERHOUSE PROMOTIONS? Sure hope not!

12/12/10 8:54 PM
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Paul, I hope they make it right for you man. Everytime I've seen you fight, you leave it all in there. If somebody owes you money, I hope you get it asap. You seem like a humble dude. Good luck and god bless. Phone Post
12/12/10 9:10 PM
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nobones - At this stage of his career, maybe he should only take fights where the promoter is willing to pay 75-100% of his purse up front.


So take no fights?
12/12/10 9:17 PM
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12/12/10 9:35 PM
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 awww man Pablo , I feel
12/12/10 9:44 PM
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Sad to hear.
12/12/10 10:02 PM
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GIVE PAUL HIS FUCKING MONEY!
12/12/10 10:12 PM
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Wait, wat?

Was this from the fight in the Dominican Republic? If so, PM me some details, as I live here and know the Dominican guy who came on board to help with the promotion, and brought some Dominican talent to the show, three of whom I also know personally.

First I hear of fighters not being paid. If this is the show you're talking about, let me know and I'll see what I can find out, if anything, from this end.

Joe




12/12/10 10:30 PM
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DanasDaddy - But...now, with me having been not paid my last paychecks, back to back.....

Does this mean Paul was stiffed by SHARK FIGHTS and POWERHOUSE PROMOTIONS? Sure hope not!


It was posted on here awhile back that paul check bounced like a mutha fucka from Powerhouse Promotions. I actually heard only the winners got paid and the losers got stiff of their purse. Im not sure about shark fights though. They've always had a solid credible history.


I think most here knew about the NSF issues with POWERHOUSE PROMOTIONS. I sincerely hope it was an issue this promotion and not SHARK FIGHTS as well.
12/13/10 12:08 AM
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 Paul was not paid for his Tim SYlvia fight and this fight from this weekend in the DOminican Republic. This is ridiculous. This guy is one of the coolest fighters that I have ever known and has become a great friend. He has been able to help me through tough times and I wish there was something I could do for him.

Send him messgaes and try and get the word out to support this great fighter, role-model, human being. He has sacrificed alot to be entertaining for the fans, and its been mostly at his own expense. Support the King of the UG!
12/13/10 12:36 AM
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Wish Dana would sign him up again. He always comes to fight
12/13/10 1:30 AM
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12/13/10 1:42 AM
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Who is putting Paul in these fights with first time promoters with now assurances or escrow?  There is a reason we didnt put fighters on these cards.  There were huge warning signs.  Paul who is representing you now?

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