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Paulo Filho Guarantees He’d Beat Gegard Mousasi, Puts His Whole Damn Hypothetical Purse On It

(Just like armbarring a bike: Filho emerges from an eight-month hiatus to take out Melvin Manhoef at DREAM.10 last month.)

In all our hand-wringing about the lack of challenges for Gegard Mousasi, we may have overlooked one formerly fearsome recovering addict — and Paulo Filho wants you to know that he will not be ignored. From via WatchKalibRun:

“I wanna fight Mousasi and show that with against me is a whole different thing… He doesn’t have my strength, he doesn’t have my level on the ground. He can be a better striker, but he doesn’t have my strength and he’ll go down once and be submitted…He’s well trained, but I don’t think he’s healthy enough to beat me…If he wins, I don’t even want my salary. But I guarantee he’ll be beaten more than he was against (Akihiro) Gono."

Mousasi’s armbar defeat against Gono came at Pride Bushido 12 in August 2006, and it’s apparently still fresh in Filho’s mind. It should probably go without saying that Mousasi was a 21-year-old prospect back then, and not one of the most dangerous and complete fighters in the world, while post-recovery Filho is still a bit of a question mark until he fights somebody with a half-decent ground game. (Plus, what’s this about Mousasi not being healthy enough to beat Filho? Was this interview conducted in Backwardsland?)

Then again, Filho is under contract with DREAM, which means he’s theoretically available for Strikeforce to use. Better than nothing, I guess. But before he wagers theoretical purses on fights that don’t exist yet, Filho must get through TUF 1/IFL vet Alex Schoenauer at Bitetti Combat (September 12th, Rio de Janeiro), which will also feature Ricardo Arona, Murilo Rua, Pedro Rizzo, and Jeff Monson. Will another encouraging performance fast-track the former WEC middleweight champ to a Strikeforce title shot?

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Bovice- August 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm
I just wanna see Filho zone out in the middle of a match again, only this time he gets KTFO while daydreaming.
BackbaconBilly- August 21, 2009 at 8:51 pm
That Mousasi fight was 3 fuckin yrs ago,lol at Bushido 12... Filho gets a win over a decent fighter and suddenly he thinks he's a winner!
caffn8d- August 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm
polish- I was wondering the same thing about Monson. Guess we'll see...
KuJudo- August 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Hey, "Reward Hunter," newsflash: Mousasi is a completely different fighter than he was in 2006. He's grown into his body and developed Lyoto-esque fluid striking abilities. Armbarring Manhoef does not even come within a light year of fighting Mousasi. Anybody who has watched his recent fights knows that this guy is the real deal.
So So Explosive- August 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm
Filho is riding on the same high rampage was after he beat wandy, they're both revived and ready to take over the MMA WORLD. (lyoto kills rampage and gegard shits all over filho.)
Cookie Monster- August 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm
Filho must be back on the good stuff cause he has lost his mind. He couldn't beat chael sonnen and he thinks he is gonna whoop gegard? now i can't say that i really know how good gegard's ground game is but it seems to be great from what we have seen. filho had loads of trouble with chael on the ground, so what is he smoking that makes him think that a win against mousasi is for sure? gegard is a fuckin animal, filho is a dog with a lame paw and brain damage....and for christ sake, what the fuck is with the translations from tatame?? there isn't a single person in their organization that speaks english and portugese? every time i try to read one of their translated articles my mind explodes trying to comprehend what could possibly have been meant in the original interview.
ihateemo- August 21, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Hey, why not. Who else does Strikeforce have at LHW? (Hypothetical question, I know the talent pool is shallow.)
Strife- August 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm
True, but I thought he got Probie for this spray painting incident.
Harry Russo- August 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm
Monson's last three fights have been outside the states.
One Two- August 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm
Aronas back! nice.
Polish- August 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm
So Monson can already fight outside the US again? I thought he couldn't leave the country or something.