(Remember the good old days when Filho’s crazy tattoos stayed below the neck?)
Bellator sent out a press release last night announcing that troubled Brazilian fighter Paulo Filho would be emerging from his top secret compound in Crazytown to take on current Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard on May 13th in a non-title superfight to be televised live on Fox Sports Net. Okay, so maybe we added the part about the Crazytown compound, but this is the same guy once seen communicating with the spirit world during a fight.
Filho, who has racked up a nice little three-fight win streak of late with victories over Melvin Manhoef and Alex Schoenauer, has seemed at times like a guy on the verge of getting his act together once again, only to later erase that perception by no-showing for events or getting a tattoo on his face. But a bout with Lombard, who seems promising even though he’s yet to beat a truly notable opponent? Now that’s a really intriguing fight right there.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said that the non-title superfights “are designed to test our champions against the best available fighters,” which sounds an awful lot like an admission that they don’t want to be in the Paulo Filho business for the long term (not that we blame them).
He also credited Filho for taking the fight “whereas other top middleweights wanted nothing to do with Hector Lombard.”
That, or they were locked down in other contracts and not desperately trying to earn more sleeveless flannel money. Regardless, this ought to make Bellator’s upcoming season a little more noteworthy, and you’ll never hear us complain about more free fights on live TV. So, who you got, Potato Nation? Unstable Brazilian submissions wiz or somewhat untested judo black belt?