View Full Version : Paulo Filho has been released from his contract by Zuffa

11-18-2008, 11:44 AM
In a report that comes as no surprise, the Nov. 17 print edition of the Wrestling Observer gives strong indications that WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho has been released from his contract by Zuffa officials. “Not only will Paulo Filho’s middleweight championship be forgotten, but Filho himself will be after his performance on the show, as it’s all but a lock that Filho won’t be moved to UFC,” one excerpt states. However, later in the issue, while addressing Fabricio Werdum’s UFC departure, an even more definitive statement is made.“There is zero criticism I’ve seen of (Zuffa) cutting Paulo Filho, who was 16-0 coming into his fight (vs. Chael Sonnen) but his cut wasn’t over money but that the person who was in that cage has no business fighting at this time,” writes Observer publisher Dave Meltzer.Filho received $30,000 for his unanimous decision loss to Sonnen at WEC 36 earlier this month. He had been scheduled to earn $41,000 as his “show” guarantee but was forced to forfeit a portion of his purse to Sonnen after failing to make the contracted weight limit of 185 pounds. It is believed that had Filho made weight and won that he could have earned an additional $41,000 in the form of a win bonus. Filho’s middleweight title had been scheduled to be at stake but the fight was changed to a non-title affair after the native Brazilian weighed in at 192.5 pounds during his initial weigh-in attempt. The former PRIDE Bushido standout was given two additional hours to make weight but he registered at 189.5 pounds during his second and final attempt. Zuffa will be officially closing the WEC’s middleweight and light heavyweight divisions following its WEC 37 event on Dec. 3. Top names such as Sonnen, Steve Cantwell, Brian Stann, Mark Munoz, and Jake Rosholt have been confirmed as being transferred to the UFC. Filho was considered to be a strong candidate for the move as well but his erratic behavior, failure to make weight, and pay scale likely contributed in a decision to drop cut his contract. Additionally, Filho also been adamant that he would not face current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva due to their friendship and had expressed a desire to compete as a light heavyweight. Taking away the UFC’s ability to match Filho up with its champion at 185 coupled with a stated desire to compete in the UFC’s stacked light heavyweight division despite being listed as only 5?8? no doubt further hurt his stock in the eyes of Zuffa.


No shock…he has zero interest in fighting anyway it would seem.

Best of luck to him...hope to see him back in a year or two.

11-18-2008, 11:59 AM
Not much of a shock there but i still don't get why Werdum was cut. Dana said to MMA Live basically "he lost to someone who had never fought in the UFC before so maybe he will be back one day" This one slip up and your out mentality from the UFC with certain guys, is puzzling..

11-18-2008, 12:35 PM
Paulo…saw a pic of him 2 months ago and he looked great. No dark eyes and looked healthy….guess he slipped back.

I'm convinced there is something behind the scenes with Werdum....maybe physically or some other problem.

11-30-2008, 10:00 PM
I think MMA could benefit from better pay and better contracts for the fighters. A lot of pro athletes from others sports might take up MMA if the pay was better.

12-01-2008, 04:23 AM
Zuffa will be officially closing the WEC’s middleweight and light heavyweight divisions following its WEC 37 event on Dec. 3

What doeas it mean for WEC?

12-01-2008, 10:32 AM
no gina carano? =[