You guys remember that one time when Paulo Filho used to actually fight? Damn, those were the days. He would come out to Darude, earn a paycheck, then go backstage to sip on tropical flavored Capri Suns. First there was Bitetti Combat in which he abruptly dipped out due to unknown reasons. Then Paulo Filho admitted that although he should be in therapy, he didn't feel like going and choose to go fishing instead. In October 2009, just 48 hours before Dream 12 was scheduled to go down, Paul Filho's mother informed FEG that he had to drop out of the event due to apparent passport problems. The next month, Paulo Filho admitted that he didn't have any passport problems, the dude was just severely depressed...again.
On May 10th 2010, Bellator was forced to replace Paulo Filho with Jay Silva in a 'superfight' with Hector Lombard. It wasn't a 'superfight' since there was no cut-off flannel involved. In an interview with Tatame Magazine, Paulo Filho told reporters the reason why he was dropped from the Bellator card was not because of his alleged 'passport issues', but it was because he was too damn strong.
Let's face it, the only reason why you're reading this is because Paulo Filho is involved. He has now elevated into your list of relevant fighters that you persistently follow, and you can't do anything about it. Bas Rutten says MMA is 90% mental, 10% physical but for Paulo Filho it's 8% mental, 2% severe depression and 90% cut-off flannel. Among Wonder Woman's rope, Green Lantern's ring and Gambit's deck of playing cards lies a relic that even the truest superhero aficionado respects: Paulo Filho's cut-off flannel, and it's out for vengeance. Not the kind of vengeance you see in a Mission Impossible movie when Tom Cruise gets a phone call and an hour of overly complicated plot turns develop and by the end of the movie you realize you left your wallet at Chick fil-A. Paulo Filho's cut-off flannel is out to thoroughly chop necks, but it's just waiting on Paulo Filho to stop dropping out of fights.
Paulo Filho was slated to face Mamed Khalidov in the surprisingly stacked KSW 17 card going down this Saturday in Lodz, Poland (not to be confused with Lulz, Poland -- where everyone sits around and watches old episodes of the Dave Chappelle show). When the fight was announced a couple months ago, we already knew there was a strong possibility Filho would abruptly drop out of the fight due to: 1.) His mother 2) Passport problems 3.) Fishing 4.) A vague blend of all of the above. Now, just days before KSW 17, Paulo Filho has dropped out of his bout with Khalidov due to 'his health and (or) his family.'
Our buds at MMANews.pl caught up with Martin Lewandowski, co-owner of KSW, and it appears that KSW will never work with Paulo Filho again. Check out this translated interview to see the level of 'burn' Filho placed on the Polish promotion.
"There were some unfortunate news about Paulo Filho's health from Brazil. Plan B was something we prepared long time ago."
"Brazil crossed the line once again. What I've heard this time is that it was something about Paulo's family. We decided we cannot continue to wait on Filho to deal with his problems. This was absolutelly the last call to make the decision and change the opponent for Mamed. 3:00 A.M. today was actually the time when closed the deal from top to bottom. Production side is absolutely ready."
"Filho's manager burned all bridges with us. He can't do stuff like that one week before the event, we have nothing to talk about anymore."
Jesse Taylor is now slated to replaced Paulo Filho, making this JT Money's fifth fight in 2011. Let's hope Jesse can rebound from his loss in Australia against Hector Lombard, because that was absolutely brutal. [Source]