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 Tatame.com via WatchKalibRun:
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?