Despite announcing this week that he was pulling out of a March 26 WEC middleweight title defense versus Chael Sonnen(Pictures), Paulo Filho(Pictures) will put the belt up after all, the Brazilian's manager, Ed Soares, informed Sherdog.com Thursday afternoon.
"He went through some personal issues, and he basically pulled everything together," Soares said.
Of course it's all hearsay, but if I survived a stabbing in a Brazilian club and had a bunch of cool tattoos, I could see myself being 250-1 in streetfights in conversations with dumb Americans.
I don't want to jump on my typical soapbox, but this is another really unfortunate case resulting from the Pride buyout. We have Fedor doing who the fuck knows what, Gomi in WVR with few opponents, and Arona has not even had a fight since Pride died.
Besides the fight with HW Mark Hunt, Arona was the first to stop Wand when he was on his tear of destruction in Pride. I would LOVE to see him in the WEC or UFC at LHW.