Filho Misses Weight; Sonnen Fight Now Non-Title Affair


Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

WEC middleweight title holder Paulo Filho came in an astounding seven pounds over the 185 lb. limit at the weigh-ins for WEC 36 on Tuesday afternoon, putting his championship rematch against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen in jeopardy.

After the two-hour allotted time limit, Filho was only able to cut down to 188 lbs, making his showdown against Sonnen a non-title affair. Sonnen will be awarded 25% of Filho’s purse.

In addition, featherweight title challenger Mike Brown came in a half pound over the featherweight limit and jiu-jitsu wizard Rani Yahya weighed-in one pound over the bantamweight requirements for his fight against Yoshiro Maeda. Brown was quickly able to shed the extra baggage while Maeda has agreed to face Yahya without forcing him to cut weight again.

Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.

Main Card

Urijah Faber (144.5 lbs) vs. Mike Thomas Brown (145 lbs)
Paulo Filho (189 lbs)  vs. Chael Sonnen (184.5 lbs)
Jens Pulver (146 lbs) vs. Leonard Garcia (145.5 lbs)
Jake Rosholt (185.5 lbs) vs. Nissen Osterneck (184.5 lbs)

Preliminary Fights

Rob McCullough (155.5 lbs) vs. Donald Cerrone (156 lbs)
David Avellan (185 lbs) vs. Aaron Simpson (184.5 lbs)
Jose Aldo (146 lbs) vs. Jonathan Brookins (146 lbs)
Carmelo Marrero (206 lbs) vs. Steve Steinbeiss (202 lbs)
Danny Castillo (156 lbs) vs. Rafael Dias (155 lbs)
Rani Yahya (137 lbs) vs. Yoshiro Maeda (135 lbs)

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