Paulo Filho

Despite Friendship, Filho and Silva Could Fight


Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Even before Paulo Filho competed for World Extreme Cagefighting, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva stated that he would not fight him because of their long-standing friendship.

At the time, it was a blow to all those that wanted to see the fight happen. However times have changed. The reality is that neither fighter has a decent amount of viable contenders left in their respective divisions. With the WEC all but set to merge some of it’s weight classes into the UFC next year, one has to assume that Filho and Silva would eventually be forced to clash.

According to Ed Soares, the cult-favorite manager of both fighters, it could happen:

“If that’s the fight that the world wants to see, then I guess we’re going to have to sit back and talk about it,” Soares told MMA Weekly. “I think that’s going to be a hard one to get across to both sides.”

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WEC Announces Full Card for Sept. 10 Show


Jens Pulver. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

World Extreme Cagefighting today officially announced the complete lineup of fights that will take place at the organization’s scheduled September 10th event in Hollywood, Florida.

The most notable bout made official today involves former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver looking to solidify himself as a contender once again in the WEC’s featherweight division as he will take on fellow heavy-hitter Leonard Garcia. The bout will be part of the event’s televised main card on Versus.

Pulver is coming off of a failed attempt to dethrone reigning 145 lb champion Urijah Faber while Garcia will be fighting for the first time since being charged and eventually cleared of involvement in a New Mexico drug ring.

Additional matchups announced for the card this afternoon included Rani Yahya vs. Yoshiro Maeda, Rob McCullough vs. Donald Cerrone, Jake Rosholt vs. Danillo Villefort, Johny Hendricks vs. Alex Serdyukov, Tim McKenzie vs. David Avellan, and Ed Ratcliff vs. Danny Castillo.

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Report: Filho-Sonnen II Booked for September


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

The long-awaited rematch between reigning WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho and the division’s top challenger, Team Quest product and former standout college wrestler Chael Sonnen, will reportedly take place at a yet-to-be-announced World Extreme Cagefighting event in September.

The news comes from a report by Sherdog.com.

The two were slated to rematch at a WEC event in March but the fight was postponed after Filho had opted to withdraw from the fight after checking himself into a local rehabilitation center in order to receive help for an alleged substance abuse problem. Sonnen went on to defeated Bryan Baker at the event via unanimous decision.

Filho has not fought since submitting Sonnen in controversial fashion last December. With Sonnen trapped in an armbar and his face grimacing in pain, referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in and stopped the bout, claiming that Sonnen had verbally submitted. Sonnen has since kept his stance that he did not tell Rosenthal to stop the bout.

According to Sonnen, Filho seems to be taking the fight personally, using Sonnen’s past remarks about his opponent’s character as motivation towards delivering a legitimate ending to the long-standing rivalry between the two.

“I wasn’t trying to be a heel with Paulo before the first fight, he’s just a dirtbag in real life,” Sonnen said in the report. “The only reason I fought him is because no one else would. There is this idea of being respectful to other fighters. That’s the new word. But this isn’t Britney Spears insulting Christina Aguilera from halfway across the country through the media. I’m going to get in a cage and fight about it, so if he thinks I’m using fighting words, it’s because I’m planning to fight him.”

Filho Released from Rehab


Paulo Filho weighs-in for WEC 29: Condit vs Larson. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho has been released from a Brazilian rehabilitation center by doctors after receiving help for reported depression symptoms and an alleged substance abuse problem.

The news comes from Sherdog.com‘s Gleidson Venga, who confirmed Filho’s status with his manager, Jorge Guimaraes.

Filho, who has returned to his home in Niteroi, Brazil, will apparently start training again on Monday.

“The doctor has released Paulo from the rehabilitation center and Monday he returns to train,” Guimaraes said. “Paulo is already running and making a set diet. He is leading a normal life and is well motivated. About his return, the WEC will decide the ideal date, but he will be ready when they call.”

Filho checked himself into a local rehabilitation center earlier this month, forcing his scheduled title defense rematch against Chael Sonnen to be postponed until the summer.

Sonnen won a unanimous decision over Bryan Baker Wednesday and remains the number-one contender for Filho’s title.

WEC Makes Sonnen-Baker Official


Bryan Baker weighs-in for WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Middleweight prospect Bryan “The Beast” Baker will now go up against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen at World Extreme Cagefighting’s next event on March 26th.

The organization announced the matchup on their website yesterday.

MMA on Tap reported last week through a source close to both fighters that Baker was offered the fight against Sonnen even though he was already slated to take on Logan Clark at the event. Baker was originally scheduled to face Nissen Osterneck until he was forced to pull out due to injury.

WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho had opted to withdraw from his scheduled title defense rematch against Sonnen at the show after checking himself into a local rehabilitation center in order to receive help for an alleged substance abuse problem.

A light heavyweight title bout between Doug Marshall and Brian Stann will now serve as the card’s main event.

Sonnen has not fought since being submitted by Filho in controversial fashion this past December. With Sonnen trapped in an armbar and his face grimacing in pain, referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in and stopped the bout, claiming that Sonnen had verbally submitted. Sonnen has since kept his stance that he did not tell Rosenthal to stop the bout.

A native of West Covina, California, Baker remains undefeated thus far in his professional career. He has won both of his bouts inside the confines of the WEC, defeating Eric Schambari and former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jesse Forbes in consecutive bouts.

Exclusive: Baker Offered Sonnen at WEC 33


Bryan Baker weighs-in for WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

World Extreme Cagefighting has offered middleweight prospect Bryan “The Beast” Baker a fight against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen at the organization’s next event on March 26th.

MMA on Tap was able to confirm the news with a source close to both fighters late last night. No word yet as to whether or not either fighter has accepted the bout.

The proposed fight comes less than 24 hours after the organization announced that WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho had opted to withdraw from his scheduled title defense rematch against Sonnen after checking himself into a local rehabilitation center in order to receive help for an alleged substance abuse problem.

A light heavyweight title bout between Doug Marshall and Brian Stann will now serve as the show’s main event.

Sonnen has not fought since being submitted by Filho in controversial fashion this past December. With Sonnen trapped in an armbar and his face grimacing in pain,  referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in and stopped the bout, claiming that Sonnen had verbally submitted. Sonnen has since kept his stance that he did not tell Rosenthal to stop the bout.

A native of West Covina, California, Baker remains undefeated thus far in his professional career. He has won both of his bouts inside the confines of the WEC, defeating Eric Schambari and former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jesse Forbes in consecutive bouts.

Baker was originally slated to face Nissen Osterneck at the event until Osterneck was forced to pull out due to injury. The WEC currently has Baker listed as being matched up against Logan Clark on their official website.

Filho-Sonnen Postponed


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

After rumors circulated regarding personal issues probably involving a bout with depression, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho has indeed opted to withdraw from his scheduled title defense rematch against Chael Sonnen later this month.

World Extreme Cagefighting officially announced his decision late tonight via their official website, also revealing that Filho has checked himself into a local rehabilitation center in order to receive help for an alleged substance abuse problem.

“This is horrible news, but we’re proud of him for stepping up and recognizing his problem,” said Filho’s manager, Ed Soares in a press release sent out to the media. “At times like this you realize who your true friends are and who really supports you, and the people around him now are supporting him and are gonna be with him when he comes back.”

Various reports had Filho wanting to move the fight to the summer, likely as part of a co-main event involving a much-anticipated fight between featherweight title holder Urijah Faber and the ever-popular Jens Pulver in June.

The former PRIDE standout also publicly stated that he felt he was pressured into fighting Sonnen this month by WEC officials.

A light heavyweight title bout between Doug Marshall and Brian Stann will serve as the show’s main event. The postponement serves as a huge blow to an event that lacks any real star power with the exception of the lone title fight and a welterweight showdown between John Alessio and Brock Larson.

The announcement of an additional fight to fill out the card is expected some time next week.

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.

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