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Paulo Filho to Take on Hector Lombard in Non-Title Bellator Superfight

(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?

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Lysol- March 31, 2010 at 6:14 pm
When Filho is in a good mental state, he's easily a Top 10 fighter. Here's to hoping a focused Paulo Filho shows up against the always game Hector Lombard. It should be a great fight.
montanamonster- March 31, 2010 at 2:33 pm
Paulo by thrusters choke sub.
peckawoodd- March 31, 2010 at 12:36 pm
Paulo pointing towards the dogs who will be eating his quartered body after an eventual botched heroin deal up in the favela.

Now that's fucked up.

Viva Hate- March 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Better news for today, Thiago Alves surgery was succesful and he will be back in the gym in 3 weeks!
El Guapo- March 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm
HAHAHA Nice Tai-Pan. I was wondering if my eyes were deceiving me or if Paulo Loco really did get a million dollar, pitbull faced bill tat on his bread basket..

Viva Hate- March 31, 2010 at 11:43 am
Must be a very slow MMA news day if all we get is War Machine and now this, oh well maybe we can get some better stuff tonight.
agentsmith- March 31, 2010 at 11:20 am
@ Tai-Pan:
Well done, sir.

I think Filho is a solid test for Lombard, win or lose, it'll tell us alot about where Lombard really ranks in the grand scheme of things. Presuming Filho doesn't drop acid just before the fight again.
robthom- March 31, 2010 at 11:15 am
Sanity is over-rated.

You'll never grow up to be president of murika by being sane.
ReX13- March 31, 2010 at 11:09 am
rlh61 has a good point and a good laugh. that's not easy, gentlemen.
h.o.n.k.y.k.o.n.g- March 31, 2010 at 11:06 am
I wonder what would happen if you locked Filho in a room with War Machine and dropped a surf n turf meal right in the middle of the two of them?

I think the room with become a black hole of crazy and before you know it, Courtney Love would magically appear in between them reading Dr Seuss stories and the Leave Britney Alone girl would show up and start singing.

*sigh* I'm bored.
Tai-Pan- March 31, 2010 at 11:06 am
Anyone know what the exchange rate on a million dogger bill is?
rlh61- March 31, 2010 at 10:59 am
A Paulo Filho story right after a War Machine story? Nice job Bens...way to make us look like a group of stable, sane, firmly-grounded-in-reality group of people...