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Paulo Filho vs Kazuo Misaki

Pride throwback.

Former top middleweight Paulo Filho somehow got another fight. It’s really sad to see how the drugs have effected Filho. He had all the talent and upside in the world and now he’s just a big question mark in MMA history. Now he’s just in a big fgiht with WSOF. It’s sad. After looking pretty terrible in his last few fights, he’ll face Andre Muniz at Bitetti Combat 19 on Thursday (Feb. 6th).

The Rise of El Toquinho, The new Paulo Filho

Man, Rousimar Palhares is the new Paulo Filho.  I mean, El Toquinho is a nut, but still keeps it together enough to fight in the UFC.  He is a badass fighter who has top notch submissions, and once he gets your leg, it’s a wrap.  Palhares is the grand master of leg locks.  I would love to see El Toquinho make a run for the title.  I would love to see him fight the loser of Sonnen vs. Bisping.  (or maybe Damien Maia)  Bring it on!  War El Toquinho!

Paulo Filho vs. Ninja Rua Fight Video

Speaking of vertically challenged fighters, my favorite stocky Brazilian, Paulo Filho was back in action against Ninja Rua, older bro to Shogun Rua.  These two slugged it out like they were back in Pride.  Check it out:

Link Round-Up

Here are the stories that caught our eye:

MMA Related:

1.  Paulo Filho appears to be done with the WSOF.  He didn’t even know whom his manager was, but at least he wasn’t wearing UFC gloves like Arlovski.

2.  Marloes Coenen will face Cyborg in a rematch that will headline Invicta FC 6.

3.  Ross Pearson did not break his foot at UFC on FUEL TV 9, but he did severely injure it after accidentally kicking coach Eric Del Fierro in the elbow while doing pad work before the fight.  For our review of the event, The UFC on ADD, click here.

4.  Matt Mitrione has showcased his hatred by referring to transgendered Fallon Fox as a “sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak.”  What are the odds Mitrione can spell sociopathic or even knows what a sociopath is?  Uncle Dana stepped up and suspended Mitrione’s UFC contract on the basis of breach of the code of conduct policy.

5.  George Sotiropolous has a significantly different account of what happened behind the scenes when he coached TUF against Ross Pearson.

6.  Have you ever heard of the worst cage fighter ever?

Non-MMA Related:

1.  The artist formerly known as Ron Artest, Metta World Peace, plans to play just 12 days after knee surgery, which was supposed to sideline him for 6 weeks.  Given my Lakers appearing to have blown any shot of making the playoffs, looks like Ron Ron will be playing with himself.

2.  Actress and former member of the Mickey Mouse Club, Annette Funicello, has passed away.  I will always remember her fondly for her role in the film Back to the Beach.

3.  The New England Patriots’ Gronk needs another surgery.  Do you get the sense that we are watching unfold a future ESPN 30 for 30 flick about the best TE who never played?

4.  If you happen to be at a bazaar in Argentina and in the market for a poodle, you may end up with a ferret.

5.  NBA player, Boris Diaw, made a lego harlem shake video.

6.  Something good came out of MLB’s Miami Marlins…the best vanity plate I’ve seen in a long time.

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Sound Track – Position Music – The New York Nightfall

Paulo Filho (23-4-1) is a veteran of  DREAM, Pride FC & WEC. From Rio De Janeiro Brazil he is a Black belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu fighting out of the famed Brazilian Top Team he debuted in July 2000 and went 8 years undefeated with an amazing 18-0 record and the WEC title. Between 2000-2004 he fought in Brazil and Japan for organisations such as Bitetti Combat, Pancrase and DEEP racking up 7 wins. He was eventually signed to Pride where he went on an amazing 7-0 undefeated streak with wins over Armar Suloev, Ryo Chonnan, Kazuo Misaki & Murilo Ninja Rua. After the fold of Pride he was considered the number 2 ranked middleweight behind UFC champion Anderson Silva. In 2007 Zuffa decided to put Filho in their WEC promotion, where he fought for the WEC middleweight championship against Joe Doerkson. He won via TKO and went on to successfully defend his title against Chael Sonnen winning via armbar. However Sonnen denied he tapped and a rematch was set 11 months later where Filho didn’t make weight and didn’t look his best in an awful fight Sonnen won via decision and Filho was released by WEC. It would later come out that Filho was suffering from pain killer addiction and depression. After getting clean and over his demons, Paulo Filho would return in spectacular fashion against Melvin Manoeff at DREAM 10 winning via armbar. Since then Filho has fought at heavyweight and at light heavy weight and this is where his most recent losses come from, to bigger fighters such as Ronny Markes. In 2012 Paulo returned to middleweight and destroyed Murilo Ninja in the much awaited rematch between the two as he dropped Ninja in 47 seconds of the first round. Paulo Filho is a great fighter and I hope this marks a return for him as one of the top middleweights in the world.


Paulo Filho vs Chael Sonnen 

Paulo Filho is one of the biggest waste of potential in MMA history. Hope he eventually beats his demons.

Paulo Filho hospitalized for Drug abuse

One of my favorite fighters of all time is Paulo Filho.  He is an immensely talented Brazillian fighter who has an affinity for sleeveless plaid shirts and Mike Tyson tattoos.  He is also is a drug addict.

Paulo Filho a couple years back was considered the #1 middleweight in the world.  He was tough as nails, had awesome clinch takedowns, and was almost guaranteed to submit you if the fight hit the ground.  Plus he was only 5'8 competiting in middleweight division.  I have a special place in my heart for little guys fighting bigger guys (i.e. BJ Penn).

He was the first WEC middleweight champion and was last seen losing to Chael Sonnen in a non-title WEC bout.  This was when I first became aware of Paulo’s drug addiction.  In a bizarre fight, Filho was talking to imaginary people DURING the fight.  He was looking around and obviously disturbed.  He stilled managed to lose to Chael Sonnen by a decision!  Despite being under the influence of something.

Paulo had a rough patch but bounced back with a HUGE win over Melvin Manheof.  He took down the world class striker with a beautiful clinch trip and submitted him with an armbar.  I thought Filho was back but sadly that was not the case.

This past week it was reported Filho was hospitalized for substance abuse.  His ex-manager said he has been addicted to Rohypnol (GHB/Date-rape drug) and Potenai, which is believed to be some kind of vetinary steroid.  I hope for Filho’s sake, he can kick the habit, and get back to training soon.  Kids, drugs are bad!


Paulo Filho vs Murilo Rua II

The best part of this fight is that we now know Arona is still amongst us.

So much potential, lost ..

That fight should have been stopped a long time ago. Seriously, Filho wasn’t in it from even a second. For real, that fight could have been scored 30-3.

I don’t know how Filho managed to get this fight. The guy doesn’t have anything left in him. It’s depressing as hell to watch him now. His corner was terrible too. Didn’t offer any help and should have stepped thrown in the towel.

Another fantastic Bellator Card - Bellator 54 results

After the acquistion of Strikeforce, I thought the UFC would be the only company putting out exciting fights.  Boy, was I wrong!  Bellator Fighting Championships has been bringing the heat week after week.  If you guys are trying to save a couple bucks and want to watch some great MMA, check out Bellator on MTV2 for Free 99. 

I want to see Bellator put out some superfights!  Hector Lombard vs. Paulo Filho?  And how about some more Eddie Alvarez? I’m glad Bellator is cross-promoting with Dream, maybe Bellator can arrange something with BAMMA to bring Nate Marquardt over for a fight?  Here are the quick results of Bellator 54:



  • Alexander Shlemenko def. Brian Rogers via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 2:30 - middleweight-tourney semifinals
  • Vitor Vianna def. Bryan Baker via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 0:54 - middleweight-tourney semifinals
  • Champ Zach Makovsky def. Ryan Roberts via submission (north-south choke) - Round 1, 4:48 - non-title bantamweight fight
  • Jacob Kirwan def. Rene Nazare via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)


  • Duane Bastress def. Daniel Gracie via TKO (cut) - Round 2, 5:00
  • Joey Kirwan def. Lewis Rumsey via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 1:40
  • Claudio Ledesma def. Brian Kelleher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Andria Caplan def. Adrienne Seiber via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)