(Filho has recently begun wearing his Jesus teeth wherever he goes. Any time one of his friends or coaches try to tell him to take them out, he pretends he’s deaf.)
Sure Paulo Filho may be batshit crazy, but that doesn’t stop the dude from fighting as much as he can.
“Ely” has signed on to compete for three different organizations in a three-month span in Brazil in March, April and May, and if the beleaguered fighter can put together an impressive win streak, it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility that we might see the former WEC middleweight champ return to the UFC when they bring their travelling circus back to the South American country for the second time in history.
On March 19 he will get his feet wet by taking on 4-7 Peruvian fighter Jackson Mora at the WFC: Pretorian event in Rio de Janeiro. Then on April 29 he will square off with fellow Brazilian and 14-3 UFC vet Ronys Torres at the International Fighter Championship (IFC) event in Recife before strapping on the gloves again one month later to lock horns with Gustavo “Ximu” Machado (16-8-1) on May 14 at Fatality Arena 3 back in Rio (*editor’s note: Seriously, it’s called Fatality Arena 3. We couldn’t make that shit up).
Although none of his upcoming opponents are world-beaters by any means, if he actually makes it to and wins all three bouts, Paulo will have improved to 8-1-1 since exiting the WEC following an embarrassing loss to Chael Sonnen. If that doesn’t earn him an invite back to the big show, there’s something wrong, considering the fact that other fighters who were let go for shoddier Octagon performances beat a few regional cans and got the call back from Joe Silva.