September 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Brazil series ~ Volume fifty. Paulo Filho
Paulo Filho (23-4-1) is a veteran of DREAM, Pride FC & WEC. From Rio De Janeiro Brazil he is a Black belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu fighting out of the famed Brazilian Top Team he debuted in July 2000 and went 8 years undefeated with an amazing 18-0 record and the WEC title. Between 2000-2004 he fought in Brazil and Japan for organisations such as Bitetti Combat, Pancrase and DEEP racking up 7 wins. He was eventually signed to Pride where he went on an amazing 7-0 undefeated streak with wins over Armar Suloev, Ryo Chonnan, Kazuo Misaki & Murilo Ninja Rua. After the fold of Pride he was considered the number 2 ranked middleweight behind UFC champion Anderson Silva. In 2007 Zuffa decided to put Filho in their WEC promotion, where he fought for the WEC middleweight championship against Joe Doerkson. He won via TKO and went on to successfully defend his title against Chael Sonnen winning via armbar. However Sonnen denied he tapped and a rematch was set 11 months later where Filho didn’t make weight and didn’t look his best in an awful fight Sonnen won via decision and Filho was released by WEC. It would later come out that Filho was suffering from pain killer addiction and depression. After getting clean and over his demons, Paulo Filho would return in spectacular fashion against Melvin Manoeff at DREAM 10 winning via armbar. Since then Filho has fought at heavyweight and at light heavy weight and this is where his most recent losses come from, to bigger fighters such as Ronny Markes. In 2012 Paulo returned to middleweight and destroyed Murilo Ninja in the much awaited rematch between the two as he dropped Ninja in 47 seconds of the first round. Paulo Filho is a great fighter and I hope this marks a return for him as one of the top middleweights in the world.
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