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.


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