Contrary to previous reports that Brazilian Paulo Filho would be singing with Bellator Fighting Championships in order to compete in their eight-man middleweight tournament, the troubled fighter has decided to decline the invite from the ESPN Deportes-backed organization.
BFC CEO Bjorn Rebney said that the two sides were unable to come to terms.
“Paulo at his best has proven to be one of the best MMA fighters at his weight,” Rebney said. “After months of open and friendly negotiations with his manager Ed Soares, we respectfully were unable to reach an agreement. But we wish Paulo the best and hope that he soon regains his top form.”
There are reports that because BFC events will be airing on the ABC owned ESPN Deportes, the ultra conservative network has added many restrictions on the fighters’ contact that have made coming on board difficult.
However it is worth noting that the organization has managed to wrangle in many talented fighters, including Eddie Alvarez, Jorge Masvidal and Wilson Reis.
Since his humiliating display at WEC 36, where he came into his title defense against Chael Sonnen obtuse and absent minded, Filho has not been able to secure a new home.
According to multiple news outlets, Filho may be seeking a return to Japan, where he experienced some of the best years of his career.