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!