Former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho training for April return on ESPN
“Everything points to April 3rd, in the United States. The event will be broadcast on ESPN, and should be in Las Vegas. I don’t know the name of the event yet, my agent is coming to Brazil will all the papers for me to sign. I just know I’ll fight on the 3rd and want to get back in the ring.”
-Former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho (16-1) all but confirms that he will compete in the Bellator Fighting Championship eight man tournament, which will air weekly on ESPN Deportes beginning in April. “Ely” dropped the first fight of his career back in November via unanimous decision to Chael Sonnen - a bout he weighed in for at a whopping nine pounds over the limit. There was clearly something off about the ex-champ that night as he appeared disinterested in the fight and exhibited some bizarre behavior inside the cage, perhaps a result of the depression issues and substance abuse in the months leading up to fight. According to the article, however, he is back on track and training with a better sense of focus now. Hopefully he’s cleaned up for real because he’s far too talented to abandon his career like it appeared he was doing in his last appearance.