http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=5726&zoneid=13 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]- PAUL BUENTELLO ISSUES OPEN CHALLENGE TO KIMBO [/FONT] [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - by Damon Martin - MMAWeekly.com [/FONT] On Monday night, Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello made a special appearance on MMAWeekly Radio to issue a challenge to rising EliteXC star Kimbo Slice for a fight that already has mixed martial arts fans chattering about on the Internet. “People want to see it. I think everybody wants to see it. Me and Kimbo should lace up the gloves,” said Buentello. “Everybody wants to see it and I think it’s time. He’s fighting all the guys I’ve already knocked out and I’ve already exposed. He needs to get off that buffet line I put out there and come over to my Paul Buentello taco shop and see if we can get to work.” There were rumors of a fight between the two heavyweights after Buentello commented on a Kimbo street fight just a year ago and fans began to clamor and wonder if they would ever meet. “Everybody asks me ‘when are you going to fight Kimbo? You should fight that Kimbo guy,’” said the American Kickboxing Academy fighter. “Just give him much respect, he’s been training and accomplished a lot in a year or so. He’s really putting his hands together, he’s really putting his game plan together.” Buentello says he respects Kimbo’s growing MMA game and guarantees a slugfest would ensue. “I give him much respect. He stepped up. He went from street fighting to MMA and everybody thought he couldn’t produce, but he’s doing it,” stated Buentello. “If I was a fan, I would definitely, I would want to see this fight. I would pay money to watch Paul Buentello fight Kimbo in a heartbeat.” He confirmed on the show that he would be competing on the upcoming March 29 Strikeforce card, although no opponent has been named yet. After that fight, Buentello believes he should be the next match-up for the YouTube sensation known as Kimbo Slice. “I’m just throwing the offer out there,” he said. “I know he’d take the offer in a heartbeat, but he does have management.” For now Buentello will head back into training and prepare for his nest fight on March 29.