Stirkeforce on Tuesday announced that Paul Buentello and Alistair Overeem would fight on Nov. 16 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. to determine the promotion’s first mixed martial arts heavyweight champion.
Training at American Kickboxing Academy, the 33-year-old Buentello won his most recent bout, defeating Carter Williams on June 22 as part of the undercard for Strikeforce’s “Shamrock vs. Baroni” event.
“I just gotta come at him and get in his grill,” said the Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran. “It’s really the same strategy as I used with Carter Williams. Close the distance and don’t let him hit me from the outside. Then attack on the inside.”
The fight against Buentello will be Overeem’s second for Strikeforce. He dominated Vitor Belfort more than a year ago en route to a unanimous decision. A veteran of Pride Fighting Championships, Overeem, like Buentello, is known for his aggressive striking style.
The bout is part of Strikeforce’s “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives” event headlined by the first-ever sanctioned MMA tournament in the state of California.