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Filho Blames Bellator for Visa Issues; Says Organization Was Scared Because They Heard He Was in Shape

(Don’t be scurred, Bellator. You can’t fight the power of the plaid vest)

I was going to say the Paulo Filho saga has officially jumped the shark with the embattled Brazilian fighter’s latest whacked out accusations, but then I realized that to do that there would have had to be some semblance of believability that he was not crazy.

In an interview with TATAME today, Filho blamed  Bellator for his inability to obtain the American work visa necessary for him to face Hector Lombard on Thursday night’s card as originally planned and said it was likely because they were scared that the old "Ely" was back to form.

“Honestly, I don’t know. I think maybe people knew I was in a good shape, strong, so they got scared… In fact, I’ve been informed it was a mistake of the event, which didn’t gave me the letter so I could take it to the council. Things were left to be solved at the last minute, unfortunately I won’t fight.”

Besides blaming Bellator for his not being able to fight at the show, Filho also had harsh words for Sherdog for perpetuating the rumor that he pulled out of Bitteti Combat’s February 25 show because of a drug relapse. According to the 31-year-old, the reason for his removal from the card was a disagreement with the organization’s  promoters and had nothing to due with his previous battles with depression or prescription drug addiction.

“My biggest concern is that people start to think that my absences are because of other things better than from what it actually is… I didn’t fight on Bitetti Combat for reasons between me and the organization and it came out on Sherdog that I was doing drugs and medicines once again. I fear that people actually believes that… I was training hard, working on my boxing with Distak, conditioning, running on the beach, doing Jiu-Jitsu… It was everything going pretty good, but there’s always something to get in the way.”

Funny how other fighters seem to be able to avoid having things get in the way of scheduled bouts.

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Almost North- May 12, 2010 at 8:34 am
Damn thats actually a good point, Filho and Cansceco probably subscribe to the same coco puff fan club mailing list, but Canseco was right about a lot of shit in baseball.
ohiostate1016- May 12, 2010 at 8:25 am
I say that we can't dismiss everything a person says just because they are crazy (see: Jose Canseco). Maybe Bellator does have something to do with the fact that Filho couldn't get a visa. It IS the responsibility of the promotion to give the fighters work visa requests so they can get into the country. Rumor is that Ferrid Kheder was having trouble getting a visa as well, Freire had trouble, and somebody told me that Wallhead's manager had to camp out at the embassy to get his visa in time for his fight (which didn't happen, unfortunately).
CheechFace- May 12, 2010 at 8:10 am

Ah there you are.
Thought last weeks celebrity treatment had gone to your head and you had gone to follow old dad off to greener(???) pastures.
cecils_pupils- May 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm
If this is what happens when Chael Sonnen puts his stamp on ya then I hope the same happens to the Spider.
PurplePickle- May 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm
ReX13 is the only source for Fihlo or Bellator news that I will ever trust again. Whoever wrote this post is a lying cocksucker and deserves to be kicked into a coma.

Don't hate the Reward Hunter, hate the hunt. WAR oxy and crack rocks, you bitchasses.

Viva Hate- May 11, 2010 at 6:06 pm
That my friends is a man with a sense of self worth that is far too high. Levels that surpass even delusions of grandeur.

Also, very nice Rico Suave-esque photo
dugmouth- May 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm
aaaand he's back to denial. It's always someone else's fault. And here i was not liking Chael after their first fight because he was a whiner!?!
ghostboner- May 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm
I'm scurred. I don't even want to know what his next tattoo will be. Maybe that vest isn't a vest at all, but an artist's rendering of a brazilian/Larry the cable guy vest done in the stunning medium of ink on human...
El Guapo- May 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm
Mr. Reliable. Old Faithful. Ely Money. Guaran-Filho-teed.
SouthSideEssay- May 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm
Prolly gonna bite me in the ass but I'm sticking by Filho, and he is not even in the same league as WarMachine... yet at least...
steampunk22- May 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm
Ariel Helwani demonstrates what six weeks of the "Overeem steroidsHorsemeat Diet" can accomplish. Plaid shirts will never look the same again.
ReX13- May 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm
He's entering WarMachine territory at this point. Although i still think Filho could take WarMachine, if they ever both showed up in the same venue. (Prison counts.)
Kid Clam Curtains- May 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm
As hard as he tries, Filho will never be Phil Baroni.
Merlin- May 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm
First ...
That Paulo Filho is bat shit crazy!
Dickface- May 11, 2010 at 4:16 pm
Almost North- May 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm
Filho can be seen here trying out for his second career as a village person.
Kid Clam Curtains- May 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm
Not now, chief, I'm in the fuckin zone.