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Paulo Filho Misses Weight…By Seven Pounds(!!!)

(Chubby Paulo. Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

If missing weight was the cool thing to do at today’s WEC weigh-ins, you can just call Paulo Filho the Brazilian Fonzie. Filho was a full seven pounds over the limit for tomorrow night’s event, coming in at 192 pounds. This is his first fight back after a nearly ten-month layoff due to problems with depression and drugs, and coming in ridiculously overweight is not typically how you want to return to action. He needs to drop the seven pounds within the two-hour limit given by the Florida Commission, otherwise there will be no title on the line and maybe no fight at all.

Update: On his second attempt, Filho weighed in at 189 pounds, still four pounds over. The fight will go forward as a non-title affair.

Just for kicks, Mike Brown also weighed in over the limit, but thankfully he only missed his mark by a half-pound. Brown weighed in at 145.5, which would have been fine for a non-title affair, but what with Urijah Faber‘s WEC featherweight title on the line he had to go spit in a cup for an hour or so. On his second attempt, Brown hit the 145 pound mark.

Rani Yahya also missed weight for his bout with Yoshiro Maeda. Maeda did him a solid and let him have the extra pound rather than force him to cut it and weigh in again. What a guy, that Maeda.

Full WEC weigh-in results are after the jump.

Urijah Faber (144.5) vs. Mike Brown (145)
Paulo Filho (192) vs. Chael Sonnen (184.5)
Jens Pulver (146) vs. Leonard Garcia (145.5)
Jake Rosholt (185.5) vs. Nissen Osterneck (184.5)
Rob McCullough (155.5) vs. Donald Cerrone (156)
David Avellan (185) vs. Aaron Simpson (184.5)
Jose Aldo (146) vs. Jonathan Brookins (146)
Carmelo Marrero (206) vs. Steve Steinbeiss (202)
Danny Castillo (156) vs. Rafael Dias (155)
Yoshiro Maeda (135) vs. Rani Yahya (137)

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WS- January 15, 2009 at 4:01 pm
Paulo Filho is a pathetic little bitch. He knew he didn't stand a chance in hell of retaining his ill-gotten belt against Sonnen - a real man - so he took the pussy way out and deliberately failed to make weight. Then when Sonnen threw a wrinkle into the Brazilian punk's plan by agreeing to fight anyway, Filho responded in true gutless coward fashion by trying to spend the whole fight lying on his back, kicking like a girl. If the powers that be at WEC, MMA, etc. had any integrity at all, they would permanently ban Filho's sorry ass.
Clue-by-Four- November 4, 2008 at 8:01 pm
Filho is a sad little bag of shit who should have his title stripped.
rh- November 4, 2008 at 11:45 am
if Sonnen wasn't an absolute asshole, I could almost pretend to care about this with a straight face.

Turd Ferguson- November 4, 2008 at 9:32 am
As someone pointed out the belt is now useless... but still man. The first fight is ending in controversy and now he can't make weight and the useless belt isnt up for grabs... this just really irritates me to the highest level.

Filho is a chump and if the UFC picks him... he will get destroyed in his first 2 fights. Whats an unclassy guy and I hope he gets half his purse taken from him for his fatness
Malannon- November 4, 2008 at 4:35 am
I've been looking forward to this MW title fight for a long, long time now... But the schenannigans! Paulo should have to cut off one of his feet to make weight.

Filho needs to get stripped of his belt. He's been unable or unwilling to defend the title for nearly a year now. Sonnen is a warrior. I've never heard him talk shit or dodge people, and that seems like all that Filho is good for. He's been so afraid of a rematch that he went as far as to conveniently check into rehab, and now this? shitcan this asshole.

I cast my vote for this scenario: Sonnen beats the living tar out of Filho. Filho gets stripped of the belt. MW and LHW get absorbed into the UFC and Sonnen ges a crack at Anderson.

Everybody happy? Tell Joe Silva to give me a fucking job.
youdontknowshit- November 4, 2008 at 12:49 am
Anderson won't fight that fag cause they are good friends. The belt you all seem to care about so much isnt worth the brown part of the TP i just waved goodbye to not even 5 minutes ago. WEC is dropping the devision. PAY ATTENTION.

Yes not making weight was a bitch move but no one cares about the belt. Really.
HitmanBert- November 4, 2008 at 12:14 am
Anderson said he doesn't want to fight this fag???
Paulo is a bitch!
Polish- November 4, 2008 at 12:00 am
Some of these comments are priceless. hahaahhaha
Anonymous- November 3, 2008 at 11:48 pm
Filho needs to be stripped of his belt....pure bullshit.
Jugger- November 3, 2008 at 11:24 pm
Well, it's good to see that Filho is back in a healthy place and ready to pick up where he left off.
wtf- November 3, 2008 at 11:07 pm
the sonnen vs filho fight is now only 3 rounds cuz mental pussy paulo couldnt make the weight even after the 2 extra hours...needs to lay off them chili dogs or something but none the less i hope sonnen breaks his arm or does something to where we wont see much of this overhyped piece of shit again.
Impartial bystander- November 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm
stay classy paulo.
Old, Bald and Irish- November 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm
Hey! Just noticed that "Lil' Evil" is fighting!

Go Pulver!
Old, Bald and Irish- November 3, 2008 at 10:53 pm
So did they make Filho do the whole utterly humiliating Gina-Caranno-strips-thing to make sure he makes weight?

They could have brought Gary Shaw in to check out his ass while they held up the towels.

Paulo is freakin' pathetic. I know the guy has had a rough go of it the past 10 months, but this has Epic Fail written all over it.

And take it from me, O.B.I. knows all about Epic Fail...
babcock- November 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm
this is why i dont understand why filho is ranked so high he seems to be a chump who hasnt impressed at all and i think rich franklin would tko him bitch.
biggie- November 3, 2008 at 10:51 pm
what a pounds over, he best be ashamed!! lbs in two is gonna be tough to live thru ........
Imbecile- November 3, 2008 at 10:39 pm
For a guy supposedly cutting weight, that picture of Filho looks like he might have a little extra...umm...water that he could manage to shed off of his midsection and developing man-boobs.

Filho used to be such a monster in Pride.... where they don't test for any performance enhancers, and aren't such sticklers about this whole exact weight thing.
CJ- November 3, 2008 at 10:36 pm
When are we going to get an update on whether or not he made weight after the 2 hours?
Polish- November 3, 2008 at 10:27 pm
If he can't make the weight give the belt to Sonnen. I mean why even go up there if you know you're over 190. What lame... I really wanted to see that fight too, but obviously Paulo still needs some time to get his shit straight.
Anonymous- November 3, 2008 at 10:05 pm
that belt is worthless anyway
BdawgKildYa- November 3, 2008 at 9:55 pm
Wow Paulo! Just shit in Chael's face! That's a great "get out of an ass-kicking" card. The champ can't make weight so they take the title off the line? They should strip a champ of his title if he can't make weight. Chael's a warrior. He'll take the fight even if Paulo was at light heavy. The lack of respect for the title he holds is enough for me to hate on Paulo.