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PRIDE/WEC veteran Paulo Filho was hospitalized this morning in São Gonçalo, Brazil, after he suffered an apparent seizure before a scheduled fight last night. According to MMAFighting’s Guilherme Cruz, Filho was slated to take on UFC veteran Amilcar Alves in the main event of Fatality Arena 7, but was pulled from the bout just hours before it was supposed to take place.
At one time, Filho was considered one of the greatest middleweights in the world, with a perfect 8-0 PRIDE record and a WEC championship belt leading his list of accomplishments. His bizarre loss to Chael Sonnen at WEC 36 in November 2008 was a turning point. Since then, Filho has become notorious for everything from drug addiction, insane tattoos, abrupt firings, and a recent string of losses; Filho has only scored a single victory in his last seven matches. And now this seizure crap, as if he needed any more problems in his life. Get well soon, Ely.