After Paulo Filho’s only lost in his MMA career against Chael Sonnen, he got really depressed and started drinking alcohol faster than my old Irish roommate. My old roommate did nothing to squash the whole ‘Irish people drink excessively’ stereotype. Not at all. The dude gripped 40oz of Mickey’s like Conan the Barbarian gripped two handed battle axes. The only thing that came between him and his beer was a concussion from collapsing in our parking lot. That’s right around the area Paulo Filho inhabited after his WEC lost. He started to get really depressed and it cost him an entire year in rehab. This was right around the time when Paulo Filho started to rock cut off flannel shirts to accompany his Brazilian trailer park life.
In an interview with Tatame Magazine, Paulo Filho admits that although he should be in therapy, dude doesn’t go and prefers to fish instead.
“I confess that has been a while that I don’t go to the Master João Alberto Barreto’s office, but I’m doing healing things as fishing and talking to friends. Master Reyson (Gracie) is going to my house too and we’re talking a lot. I’m reading religion books, self helping, so my mind is fine now, but sometimes I get down and the depression comes. I went this far because I always wanted to be Paulão and I needed sometime for myself“
We tried to contact Paulo Filho’s cutoff flannel for an interview but it was too busy shooting testosterone into MMA fashion. [Source]