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Exclusive: Ed Soares Confirms Paulo Filho’s Release, Talks Silva-Liddell Superfight Rumor

Paulo Filho‘s manager, Ed Soares, confirmed to us today that the WEC middleweight champ will not be making the move to the UFC when the WEC 185-pound class is absorbed into the big show. Though it’s hardly a surprise after Filho’s bizarre performance against Chael Sonnen at WEC 36, the news comes as a big hit to the Brazilian’s future plans and at the end of a tumultuous year. Said Soares:

"It’s true. We’ve recevied paperwork that they’re releasing him from his contract. The WEC’s been great throughout everything, but it’s understandable. He’s had a rough year. We have faith that he’ll be back. I still believe he’s one of the best middleweights in the world."

Soares also said he had no idea what caused Filho’s strange performance, during which he often seemed disoriented and uninterested, nor did he know what caused his fighter to show up seven pounds overweight for a title defense. He did say, however, that Filho has sent the WEC middleweight title belt to Sonnen, as promised. On another note, Soares commented on the status of a potential bout between Anderson Silva (also under his management) and Chuck Liddell that is rumored to be the headliner for UFC 95

"We haven’t been offered that fight. It’s just a rumor at this point. Anderson wants to fight the best and to fight superfights, the biggest fights the UFC can put on, and a fight with Chuck would obviously be a huge fight. What an honor it would be for Anderson to fight Chuck. There’s no bad blood between them, but Chuck is a huge star and it would be a great fight. Obviously we’ll have to wait and see, but Anderson doesn’t pick his opponents. He just wants to fight the biggest fights possible."


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CanadainBuddha- November 17, 2008 at 5:51 pm
Rashad and Greg Jacksons camp have Chuckles number...
Liddell is and always will be a one dimensional fighter, the fact that he survived so long is his legacy.
AS would take Chuckles apart so fast, I can not see Dana White setting his buddy up for failure..feed Chuckles Tito one more time then retire....IMO
Malannon- November 17, 2008 at 5:47 pm
Paulo Filho needs a visit from Queer Eye.
Is he a lumberjack?
Does he still listen to Nirvana?

Paulo Filho: Worlds Toughest Lesbien.

Tito Ortiz- November 17, 2008 at 5:31 pm
Also, I'd like to remind you all that if you don't wear Punishment Brand beanies, then you're probable one of those closet queers. Lyoto Machida sucks.
Stupid N00b- November 17, 2008 at 5:31 pm
Does that picture remind anyone else of Bon Scott?
Tito Ortiz- November 17, 2008 at 5:28 pm
I'm coming back and I'm going to knock them ALL out. I may fight Silva and Lidell at the same time. That way, I only have to do one training camp and I can spend more time making babies with my classy lady, Skeletor. I'm about a week and a half way from signing a deal that'll revolutionize the sports industry and change the landscape of MMA forever. Dana is my bitch. And by bitch, I mean meal ticket. And by meal ticket, I mean the only guy I can ever count on to make another dime where fighting is concerned. And by fighting, I mean shit talking for 10 weeks and getting pounded into dust.
Terrakilla- November 17, 2008 at 5:10 pm
@ tpark

That makes no sense. Chuck did not get "KTFO" by countering. He chased and was caught with a good shot. Evans was countering and Chuck had to play the aggressor. A striker vs a counter fighter would be a great match. I do not think Chuck can win but it would be a good fight.
tpark- November 17, 2008 at 5:06 pm
Chuck Vs Silva is horrible matchup. Fact that Liddel throw counter style punches n Silva as deadly accuracy means just another replay of the Evans KTFO on Chuck
tex- November 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm
i wouldnt mind seeing anderson silve ko chuck, its poetic justice for chuck knocking everyone elso out.
matt- November 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm
I think back in the day chuck could win this fight but now i dont see how he can win, his once iron chin has seem to gone away and now that he is more prone to the knock out in the later stages of his career his lack of defense is a glaring hole back in the day he would just eat all his oppentents best shots and hit them back and ko them, now when he gets clocked he drops like most other fighters, i dont think chucks skills have deteriorated i think his chin has and that was what made him the fighter he was, he was able to stand in the pocket and trade bombs knowing he could take all that his oppenent could dish out
Kevbo- November 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm
@ Mark

Nice post. I totally agree with you.
goat- November 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm
At one point i thought Vera and Silva would've been an epic. WTF happened to Vera though?
Mark- November 17, 2008 at 4:47 pm
Chuck vs. Anderson will be a great fight - once Chuck reestablishes himself. He needs a few wins under his belt first. If Anderson beat Chuck right now - it would not do anything for either fighter. If Chuck wins, well he is supposed to because he is up a weight class, if he loses, then its just proof that he is over the hill. Anderson has nothing to gain from this fight, and i think it is one that fans are squeemish to see. No one likes seeing chuck liddell get knocked out, and frankly its a better possibility than not, that he will get hurt if he fights anderson.
Krazy Kracker- November 17, 2008 at 4:45 pm
The only reason this is remotely sad is that back in the day this guy looked unstoppable. One of the first/only people I could legitimately see giving Anderson Silva a run. I don't know what kind of demons he is dealing with lately but it is tragic to see someone with so much potential just flush it down the shitter. Pull it together, sew on some sleeves and hit the gym Mr. Filho.
K.E.G.- November 17, 2008 at 4:29 pm
Thank god! Knowing the UFC he would have been a PPV headliner against like Nate Marquart or something. Anyway I hope Liddell doesn't fight anderson he needs to rebound or retire and I don't think he can take Silva at this point in time. I'd love to see Silva against almost any other big name 205, Wandy, Rampage, Rashad, or please let him run Vera's overhyped ass out of the UFC for good.