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.
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