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Bellator SuperFight Update: Jay Silva Reportedly in for Paulo Filho Against Hector Lombard

(Jay Silva and Chris Leben show off their top-of-the-food-chain striking at UFC Fight Night 20. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

By DL “It’s Latin for Warrior” Richardson

After news broke Friday that former top-10 middleweight Paulo Filho was possibly flaking out on his Bellator 18 fight against Hector Lombard, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney replied that his people were in contact with Filho’s people and everyone’s duckies were in a row. Filho’s story had been that he would not receive a visa in time to travel to the US for the event, and indicated that the problem was either with Bellator officials or his own management, but had nothing to do with him. He was actually kinda bummed about it, poor guy, telling GracieMag: “I’m really upset because I’ve been training a lot. I did everything just right; I don’t know what to say.”

Despite Bellator’s official line that everything is fine, and everyone should just be cool, like a couple of little Fonzies, rumors are circulating that Paulo will be replaced by 5-3 fellow Brazilian Jay Silva. Silva, who went 0-2 in the UFC against CB Dollaway and Chris Leben, was apparently Bellator’s backup just in case something happened. Like a volcano. Or Filho going all batshit crazy.

Bellator’s press agents were not immediately available for comment.

UPDATE, 12:48 p.m. ET: Rebney has confirmed the news. And so, Bellator 18′s "SuperFight" is downgraded to an "OkayFight." At least we still have the featherweight semis to look forward to.

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Zee German- May 12, 2010 at 7:25 am
Here's the fourth commenter: I like Mr. Richardson. Keep it up, dude.
Mamaplata- May 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm
Jimbo > Thanks for the compliment..

Rex > I know I live with you and all but uh, maybe I would do some photoshop jobs for you, if ya liked ASKED me to do them.. Now there is a thought....

WuTangClan- May 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Get a real journalist already. A bunch of jobless old men commenting on a pointless post. 30 comments from 3 people.
TehBeej- May 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Lol look at these two clowns trying to strike.
Silva: Hold your breath, close your eyes, turn your head away, and toss a left hook in the general direction of your opponent.
Leben: Don't measure distance, or aim, just close eyes, hold breath, close fist and throw a pitch. His arm is completely extended ffs!

steampunk22- May 11, 2010 at 11:13 am
^^Nice. lol
cecils_pupils- May 11, 2010 at 10:21 am
Hilarious... nice work with the Fbook group, jimbo. I joined as well... nice work ReX13... keep 'em comin.

edit - woops, it was Viva Hate who set it up... nice work homie!
Almost North- May 11, 2010 at 10:15 am
Haha this was the clown they brought in to face Tom Brady's phantom-tapping growth-scraped nose-smashed-against-the-tank half-finished deuchebag clone baby.
rlh61- May 11, 2010 at 9:42 am
By the way, the quote wasn't a reference to was in reference to that looney-toon Filho.
peckawoodd- May 11, 2010 at 9:42 am
R. Kelly reacting to his rape case verdict. And Chris Leben... fighting in jail. What the hell did you think?
rlh61- May 11, 2010 at 9:40 am
Hey ReX...keep them Pulp Fiction references coming. I love those! "Tell that bitch to be cool!"
ReX13- May 11, 2010 at 9:16 am
steampunk22>> Yeah, i even got mine pretty quick. i was impressed.
PortlandMMA- May 11, 2010 at 9:14 am
Silva is weak, he has only beaten 2 guys with a winning record and they barely had winning records. The guys he has beaten have a collective record of 26-27-1. And he has a loss to the doucherman CB Dollaway, which really solidifies his supreme acts of handjobetry.

By the way Jimbonics I believe your history is off, I think that was a Thomas Jefferson quote.
steampunk22- May 11, 2010 at 9:12 am

That confirms it! You and I have actually received our CP Shirts!
El Famous Burrito- May 11, 2010 at 9:09 am

Oh yeah, he talks to dead people. He's like Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost, except that he's Brazilian, he's a dude, and instead of helping the dead save the ones they love from those who murdered them, he jerks them around by telling them about funny shit he read in the news that day.
jimbonics- May 11, 2010 at 9:01 am
Go eat some horsemeat ya Debbie Downer. You've been registered for four whole days and you're trying to tell the Nation how to act?

In the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln: Eat a Dick.
overeems_needle- May 11, 2010 at 8:58 am

It's about time someone is actually talking about the real subject here! Why dont they all just get each others email or cell info and stroke each other on those outlets? Let's talk about MMA people...

So, Jay Silva is actually a good fighter. He did'nt show up in the UFC but he has a lot of skill when he's focused. He just might steal this one.
jimbonics- May 11, 2010 at 8:56 am
He can read palms, too?
ReX13- May 11, 2010 at 8:54 am
El Famous>> To be honest, the "visa issue" excuse is weak. Rebney says they were on top of it, and i'm inclined to believe him. Then again, no telling where the breakdown actually happened. But considering the guy we're talking about, it's possible Filho said fuck it and went out picking acai berries in the jungle.
El Famous Burrito- May 11, 2010 at 8:53 am
I too will believe a guy named Bjorn Rebney has his paperwork in order, over a freaky face-tattooed psychic Brazilian.
El Famous Burrito- May 11, 2010 at 8:52 am
Then add:

Sunday: set up roadside berry stand for gullible white tourists.
PortlandMMA- May 11, 2010 at 8:48 am
That caption at the bottom of the picture had me cracking up, Silva and Leben do look very crisp.

Seriously though, I let it go when they called Neer and Alvarez a "superfight" because I thought it'd be exciting. But seriously Hector Lombard and Jay Silva...superfight?
justscrappin- May 11, 2010 at 8:47 am
Yeah..but even if he misses one of those things....two out of three ain't bad.
El Famous Burrito- May 11, 2010 at 8:44 am
Filho needs to start tattooing backwards reminders on his face, so he can look in the mirror and see

Thursday: Bellator -- make sure visa in order.

Friday: Remember to pull ground beef out of freezer

Saturday: Meatloaf
jimbonics- May 11, 2010 at 8:42 am
To answer your Filho question...

You can't really depend on anyone that decides the Tyson 'tat is a good idea.
jimbonics- May 11, 2010 at 8:39 am
Nice! I'll pat myself on the back for spotting that one with just a couple of fingertips.