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Filho-Sonnen Happening After All


Paulo Filho submits Chael Sonnen with an armbar at WEC 31: Faber vs Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

After telling Brazilian news site Tatame, that he had opted to move his fight against Chael Sonnen to the summer after suffering from depression-related symptoms, it seems Paulo Filho will defend his title at World Extreme Cagefighting’s next event on March 26th after all.

The news comes from Sherdog, who was able to confirm with Filho’s manager, Ed Soares, that his client would indeed face Sonnen later this month.

“He went through some personal issues, and he basically pulled everything together,” Soares said. “During difficult times you get to see who your true friends are, and everyone is coming together to help him get ready for this fight.”

Filho stated earlier this week that he decided to use an option in his contract to move the fight instead of doing what American promoters wanted him to do.

“I wasn’t on a good moment, had depression, but I’m rising now and the Americans forced me to fight now,” Filho said in the report. “I’m not afraid of winning or losing, but I wasn’t motivated to train, wasn’t training well, so I decided to do what the contract says and transferred the fight to June”.

The WEC officially announced the fight as well as eight others earlier today in a press release sent out to the media.

A light heavyweight title bout between Doug Marshall and Brian Stann will serve as the show’s co-main event. A welterweight showdown between John Alessio and Brock Larson will also be part of the televised part of the event on Versus, just as the Zuffa debut of former WEC title holder Tim McKenzie will too.

Report: Filho-Sonnen Moved to June


Paulo Filho submits Chael Sonnen with an armbar at WEC 31: Faber vs Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The scheduled WEC middleweight championship rematch between Paulo Filho and Chael Sonnen scheduled for WEC 33 next month will now possibly be postponed until June.

The news comes from Brazilian news site Tatame, which is reporting that Filho had opted to move the fight to the summer after suffering from depression-related symptoms.

“I wasn’t on a good moment, had depression, but I’m rising now and the Americans forced me to fight now,” Filho said in the report. “I’m not afraid of winning or losing, but I wasn’t motivated to train, wasn’t training well, so I decided to do what the contract says and transferred the fight to June”.

A light heavyweight title bout between Doug Marshall and Brian Stann will now likely become the card’s main event. It’s a huge blow to an event that lacks any real star power with the exception of the two title fights and a welterweight showdown between John Alessio and Brock Larson.

However the WEC’s loss in March may become their gain in June as a much-anticipated fight between featherweight title holder Urijah Faber and the ever-popular Jens Pulver is slated to go down. The addition of Filho-Sonnen would only make that event bigger than it already is.

World Extreme Cagefighting has yet to make any announcement concerning the potential move.

Touch of gloves to Sam Caplan for the find.

Report: Filho, Marshall to Defend Belts in March


Paulo Filho submits Chael Sonnen with an armbar at WEC 31: Faber vs Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

WEC champions Paulo Filho and Doug Marshall will each defend their respective titles at World Extreme Cagefighting’s next event on March 26th.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, who reports that the promotion will now hold the event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas instead of a previously mentioned location of Sacramento, California. Indications suggest that the idea of holding an event in the home state of WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber was scrapped after an attempt to schedule a bout between him and former UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver was unsuccessful.

Apparently Filho will once again defend his middleweight strap in a rematch against Chael Sonnen, whom Filho defeated in controversial fashion in December. Sonnen has kept his stance that he did not tell referee Josh Rosenthal to stop the bout while being trapped in a Filho armbar.

The fight will also likely be Filho’s last at 185 lbs according to boxing coach Josuel Distak, who stated last month that Filho has opted to move up in weight due to cutting problems.

While it might seem crazy that Filho is moving up in weight, he might be a good career move for the near future if he really is indeed having problems making 185 lbs. The WEC’s light heavyweight division is very stacked talent-wise and even though Filho would be still be undersized for the weight class, he would most likely tear through guys like Doug Marshall, Ariel Gandulla, and Brian Stann.

Speaking of Marshall and Stann, the two heavy-hitting light heavyweights are also expected to clash at the event in a battle that will see Marshall attempt to retain his belt against the popular U.S. Marine.

Additional bouts mentioned in the report include a meeting between welterweight title contenders John Alessio and Brock Larson in a fight where the winner may also be fighting the victor of the Carlos Condit-Carlo Prater welterweight title bout at some point later this year. Others were the following: Kenji Osawa vs. Chris Manuel, Marcus Hicks vs. Ed Ratcliff, and Bryan Baker vs. Nissen Osterneck.

Report: Filho to Rematch Sonnen in March

Paulo Filho submits Chael Sonnen with an armbar at WEC 31: Faber vs Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

So is Chael Sonnen fighting Paulo Filho or Nissen Osterneck in his next fight? No definitive answer as of right now except we know he’ll be fighting in March either way.

Last week we reported that World Extreme Cagefighting had offered Osterneck a fight against Sonnen within a package that included a multi-fight deal with the promotion. At the time, Osterneck had not yet made a decision but a new report from Brazilian website Tatame says different.

According to the report, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho has accepted a rematch proposed by Sonnen.

The fight will also likely be Filho’s last at 185 lbs according to boxing coach Josuel Distak, who says that Filho has opted to move up in weight due to cutting problems.

“Last fight, Paulo was having a lot of weight problems, that’s why he wasn’t well,” said Distak. “Sonnen asked for a rematch and we accepted. This will be Paulo’s final fight at middleweight. After this, he’ll be moving up to light heavyweight.”

While it might seem crazy that Filho is moving up in weight, he might be a good career move for the near future if he really is indeed having problems making 185 lbs. The WEC’s light heavyweight division is very stacked talent-wise and even though Filho would be still be undersized for the weight class, he would most likely tear through guys like Marshall, Gandulla, and Stann.

Sonnen-Osterneck Proposed for WEC 33


Chael Sonnen applies a choke to Tim McKenzie during the BodogFight: Paradise Lost tapings. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.

Chael Sonnen may return to action against middleweight prospect Nissen Osterneck at a yet to be announced World Extreme Cagefighting event in March.

MMA Junkie has confirmed through Osterneck that WEC officials have proposed the bout, offering it to Osterneck within a package that includes a multi-fight deal with the promotion. Osterneck has not yet made a decision in terms of whether or not he will accept the deal.

Sonnen is coming off a surprising performance against WEC middleweight champion Paul Filho in a fight that Sonnen dominated until midway through the second round when he was caught in an armbar that forced a controversial stoppage.

Osterneck is undefeated thus far in his professional career. His last fight was a submission win over Freddie Espiricueta at HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon last month.

Paulo Filho Trains for Title Defense

WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho trains in his native Brazil in this video for his upcoming title defense tomorrow night against Chael Sonnen. Filho also talks with former PRIDE star Ricardo Arona who shows off what looks like a recent stab wound from a possible fight.

Coming Back From Three Straight Losses

Next month’s showdown between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva will finally answer the age-old question that has been haunting the minds of MMA fans for years as to who would win between the two if they ever fought.

The winner of the fight will receive a huge momentum boost going into the twlight of their career. The loser? Well they will have lost three fights in a row. The list of fighters that have lost three fights in a row is astounding in terms of size. The list of notable fighters that have dropped three straight bouts is pretty big as well.

So what does it take to come back from nearly falling into obscurity? Here’s a look at some well-known fighters that came out on the wrong end of the stick three or more consecutive times and managed to turn things around and get back on the winning track.

Hermes Franca: After a stint where he went 2-2 in the UFC, Franca left the promotion to try and work on his skills in smaller promotions before returning to the big show. However Franca ended up dropping three consecutive fights to Yves Edwards, Koutetsu Boku, and Ray Cooper before the end of 2005. Franca rebounded with an 8 fight winning streak and found himself challenging Sean Sherk for the UFC Lightweight Title this past July.

Nick Diaz: After knocking out touted prospect Robbie Lawler at UFC 47, Diaz found himself being advertised as the future of the UFC’s welterweight division. Diaz ended up struggling for the rest of his UFC career and ultimately lost three straight fights to top competition in Sherk, Joe Riggs, and Diego Sanchez before finding himself out of a Zuffa-owned promotion.  Diaz was brought back towards the end of 2006 for two fairly easy fights but ended up heading to PRIDE where he pulled off a huge upset over Takanori Gomi before the fight was changed to a no contest.

Tengiz Tedoradze:The Eastern Europe native became one of England’s top heavyweight prospects by 2004. Tedoradze then ran into a brick wall when he lost to Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, and then Monson once again in three straight fights. Tedoradze turned his fortunes around by racking up a respectable 10-2-1 record while establishing himself as the best fighter over 205 lbs that the U.K. has to offer.

Mark Coleman: Coleman tore through the UFC in his first six fights, knocking off Gary Goodridge, Don Frye, and Dan Severn along the way. Then Coleman gassed in a heavyweight title opportunity against Maurice Smith. The infamous knockout at the hands of Pete Williams followed and a decision loss to Pedro Rizzo forced Coleman to travel to Japan in hopes of jumpstarting his career. “The Hammer” did just that when he won the 2000 PRIDE Grand Prix in impressive fashion.

Denis Kang: Kang struggled greatly in the first few years of his career and dropped three straight fights to mediocre competition at one point. Kang’s inconscitency continued until he found himself at home in Spirit MC where he became the promotion’s heavyweight champion. Two years later Kang found himself nearly becoming PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix champion and currently is widely regarded as one of the top middleweights in the world by many.

Chael Sonnen:Sonnen had acquired a solid reputation as being a skilled middleweight during the first couple years of his career that found fighting mainly on the West Coast for the most part. The Team Quest product ended up losing three fights in a row in 2004, two of them to MMA veteran Jeremy Horn. Sonnen rebounded and worked his way into a stint in the UFC. Undefeated since leaving the home of the Octagon last year, Sonnen now finds himself challenging an undefeated Paulo Filho for the WEC Middleweight Title on December 12th.

Dennis Hallman: The man they nicknamed “Superman” had racked up an eye-opening record of 10-1 before falling to a trio of creditable middleweights in the form of Caol Uno, Paul Rodriguez, and eventual UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne in sequential bouts. Hallman ended up turning things around and ended up putting together a respectable career that included three separate stints in the UFC and was highlighted by the second of two quick submission wins over Matt Hughes.

Filho to Face Sonnen at WEC 31

Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Paulo Filho will defend his WEC middleweight title on Dec. 12 against UFC veteran Chael Sonnen.

“Chael matches well with Paulo Filho, who is a tough guy for us to get opponents for,” Adams said. “He was a Division I wrestler and he finished high in the Olympic Trials and I think he matches very, very well with Paulo. He’s got a lot of wins against a lot of top guys, but this is really his kind of breakthrough chance, which I believe he realizes.”

Paulo Filho (15-0) is a veteran of PRIDE who holds victories over Kazuo Misaki, Ryo Chonan, Amar Suloev, and Murilo Rua. Filho captured the WEC middleweight title in August when he TKO’d UFC veteran Joe Doerksen at WEC 29.

Chael Sonnen (19-8-1) is a member of Team Quest who is currently on a five-fight winning streak with victories over Kyacey Uscola, Amar Suloev, Tim McKenzie, Alexey Oleinik, and Timothy Credeur.

BodogFight Presents: SportFight 20

Mixed martial arts powerhouse Bodog Fight is teaming up with an organization founded by two of the biggest names in the sport.

Bodog Fight will sponsor the next event by Oregon-based SportFight, an up-and-coming MMA promotion founded by Team Quest marvels Randy “The Natural” Couture and Matt “The Law” Lindland.

Bodog Fight Presents: SportFight 20, The Homecoming will take place October 27 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The co-main events will feature Bodog Fight’s Chael Sonnen (20-8-1) and Kyacey “Ice Cold” Uscola (13-9) in a middleweight bout, and a welterweight battle between Chris “The Professor” Wilson (13-3) and Derrick Noble (22-9-1).
“We are delighted to be working with SportFight,” said Bodog Fight’s billionaire creator Calvin Ayre. “Joining forces will allow us to bring some of the world’s best mixed martial arts fighters to fans in the Portland area.”

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BodogFight: Alvarez vs Lee Recap and Pictures


Photo: David M Singer, MMA on Tap

This past Saturday was BodogFight’s first event in the United States. I took the trip to Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ to check it out.

If you’ve tuned into BodogFight on Ion Television, you know it goes through a full round of production before airing. Many camera angles, splashy backgrounds and a full round of editing.

I wondered how this event would be live. Ten fights in one night. A good-sized card taking place with no chance for edits or MTV-style cuts.

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