Quote of the Day: Paulo Filho Reportedly Nearly Overdosed, Wants to Retire

Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

"I may fight in November (in Poland) because I already signed the contract, after that I will retire. I don’t want this anymore. I believe I always defended Jiu-Jitsu with all my heart, always an honest guy. I never ducked anyone, never chose opponents. I fought in worst conditions, but never ran away. Nobody had the privilege to finish me. I’m very sad in this moment. If I fight in November, if I fight, I’m already saying I won’t fight anymore. I’m not thinking about that right now, but I don’t wanna know about fighting anymore. I had good and horrible moments. I did what I could, it’s over. I was far from what I could have been, but I’m satisfied. It’s over."

— Former PRIDE standout and WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho tells Tatame.com that he has decided to likely call it quits and enter retirement after a planned November bout against Mamed Khalidov in Poland. Reports surfaced earlier this week that Filho was reportedly hospitalized after nearly overdosing on Rohypnol, a muscle relaxant, according to his former manager, Rodrigo Riscardo. Filho, whose past drug  and emotional problems have been well-documented, has steadfastly denied the claim.

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