The roller coaster ride that has been Paulo Filho’s MMA career has taken yet another twist. Just two days before the troubled fighter was to meet Yoon Dong Sik at Dream.12, reports have surfaced claiming that company officials are unable to locate Filho and have pulled him from this Sunday’s show.
Filho’s manager, Ed Soares, confirmed the news this morning with MMAJunkie.com. Although he didn’t go into specifics about Filho’s situations, he did say that the talented grappler was “OK.”
Once considered one of the world’s top 185-pounders, Filho’s career has spiraled downward the last couple of years. Publicly, the issues appeared to begin after his first successful WEC middleweight title defense over Chael Sonnen in December 2007.
Following the controversial submission win, Filho checked himself into a treatment center for depression and substance-abuse.
That incident postponed his rematch with Sonnen for nearly one full year until they were finally able to reunite at WEC 36. The only problem was that someone forgot to remind Paulo that he should push away from the buffet table as game time approaches.
Filho JUST BARELY missed the required 185-pound weight limit on his first venture to the scales as he was over by an astonishing seven pounds. Although he was able to drop a few more lb.’s later, his un-professionalism changed the main event to a non-title affair.
The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizard ended up losing a humiliating unanimous decision the following evening when he failed to engage with Sonnen for five uneventful rounds, prompting the organization to cut ties with him immediately.
He appeared to return to form in his last couple of outings by subbing Melvin Manhoef with an armbar in the 1stRound of their Dream.10 contest in July, then following that up with a solid unanimous decision win over Alex Schoenauer at “BCN 4 – Bitetti Combat 4” just last month.
It is believed that Tarec Saffiedine will step-in for Filho on less than 48-hour’s notice to compete inside the Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan.
Here is the revised lineup for the HDNet broadcast:
Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Won Sik Park
Eddie Alvarez vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Chase Beebe vs. Yoshiro Maeda
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Yoon Dong Sik
Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Tomoya Miyashita
Myeon Ho Bae vs. Marius Zaromskis (Non-title bout – Dream Welterweight Champion)
Tokimitsu Ishizawa vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Zelg Galesic vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
James Thompson vs. Alistair Overeem