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Paulo Filho Thinks His Style is Too Boring for the UFC; Says Promoters Often Determine the Outcome of Fights

(Paulo could not sleep that night, as he was worried sick about what people would think about his new moustache)

Paulo Filho sat down for an interview with Tatame recently and the normally reserved  31-year-old embattled Brazilian had a lot to say about a lot of things including his May 13 Bellator match-up with Hector Lombard, his future in the sport and the MMA industry in general.

For those unfamiliar with him outside of the bizarre things he has done as of late like talking to ghosts during his fight with Chael Sonnen and tattooing his face like Mike Tyson, Filho used to be an absolute juggernaut when he fought for PRIDE and it sounds like he is trying to put a lid on some of his demons and doing what he needs to do to get things straightened out. Hopefully he can get back to form and we can see him on a bigger stage before long.

Here are some notable quotes from "Ely":

On whether or not he has his sights set on fighting in the UFC: 

"Everyone wants it, but it’s not my main goal, even because there’re a lot of other managers who would have plenty conditions to put me on UFC. [My manager Jorge] Joinha [Guimarães], for ethical reasons, thinks it’s not the right time and I agree with him. I think everyone would like to join UFC, but more because of the advertisement. I’m not worried about it, I’m worried about fighting and doing my part, give happiness for whoever still cheers for me. That’s what I’m worried about. I want to fight until my body says to me it’s done.
UFC has turned into an event focused for the public, the show itself, and not for who is the best fighter. As a good traditionalist (laughs), from the old school, I believe I wouldn’t be successful on UFC because of my style [and] tactical positions that the audience won’t get. The UFC’s fans want to see kicks, punches, blood… I’m just like an anaconda, put it down and keep rounding so that any mistake he makes I get it."

On whether or not he thinks his documented mental issues and struggles with addiction will affect his preparations for the fight or his performance against Lombard:

"We’re high-level athletes, we’re used to have a good life, but the most important is to show people that may think that Paulo Filho is done that he’s not. I have problems, so does everybody. The important thing now is Hector Lombard. It doesn’t matter that he’s in a good sequence of fights or if he has our not a belt, even because I’ve got an 18-1 record. I consider myself a complete athlete, never had easy time. Some easier, but none of them were a piece of cake. I have a expansive background, so does he."

On the upcoming fight between his friend and teammate Lyoto Machida and his former Chuteboxe rival Mauricio "Shogun" Rua:

"On this fight, something different is going to happen. I think one of them will go down. They were too cautious on the first fight and Shogun knows that if it happens again, he’ll lose again. The champion only loses on the score card if the owner of the event is really mad at him or if the difference is too big, thing that didn’t happen on that fight. I think Shogun has to go for it, what can be a good thing for Lyoto, but I believe Lyoto is not used to athletes so powerful. It’s a fight, man, which I want to see again. It’s very nice to watch a fight with this level of athletes."

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Mr_Misanthropy- April 30, 2010 at 4:44 am
Hoale214- OOOoowww! My ears! Callate juey! silencio la voca!
Peter Griffin- April 30, 2010 at 1:29 am
"The champion only loses on the score card if the owner of the event is really mad at him or if the difference is too big, thing that didn’t happen on that fight."

LOLWTF So Dana White wasn't mad at Anderson Silva by the end of Silva vs. Maia? He left the arena at the end of the third round if I remember correctly. Your story isn't holding up.
Haas- April 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm
That is one pedo looking stache.
side.check.kick- April 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Paulo is just keepin it real.
justscrappin- April 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm
Listen guys..I was the first to call out red engine...but at least he is trying...and you can tell he is finally starting to understand that we arent going sit here and listen to his " i take mma serious " ranting. Give the guy some credit for stepping outside his comfort zone. That and the fact that...not to be rude...I don't think he may be the most socially adept person in here....just sayin. He could still be the troll of the century...but let's give him the benny of the D for right now...and just say he has some honest..shall we say "problems" absorbing and processing the difference between the figurative and the literal.
Howie214- April 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm
Mr_Misanthropy- April 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm
If promoters determine the outcome of fights, face tattoos determine the outcome of careers...
iDestroy- April 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Huh, and here I was picturing you as an angry lesbian woman. Isn't that the type that usually frequents BE?
jimbonics- April 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm
We don't care about your links either, Dickface. Only about 4% of the people here are stupid enough to go to anything you link to.

"Oooooh click this link to one of my threads! I'm well respected."

"Oooooh Jens Pulver tweeted my clitoris!"

"Oooooh here's me with a moustache!"

Go sell that shit elsewhere. Have fun fitting in.
HokeyPokeyLikeAoki- April 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Is it just me or does thisredengine look like he probably smells like ASS in those pic's he just posted of himself?

Oh and great job continuing that self-promoting, big guy. It's just a matter of time until we accept you, right? LOLOLOLOL!!!!
Jeeves- April 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm
I don't understand why everyone is so shocked when MMA fighters act crazy... I mean, you have to believe that a overwhelmingly large majority of fighters are slightly crazy to some extent - you would have to be to compete in this sport. I know plenty of guys with tremendous talent and skill, but could never make it on the professional stage.

So what I am really saying is that it shouldn't be all that disturbing to us when one of them talks to ghosts, tattoos their face, get's arrested for robbing a bank, or drinks their own urine. But, it is certainly still fun to laugh at... Gotta love CagePotato for that.
Almost North- April 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm
The guy who pees on your strawberries while he picks them has the same mustache. Just sayin.
Japanadian- April 29, 2010 at 11:56 am
That mustache makes him look like a pervert and possible pedo
Hmmm the UFC doesn't like grapplers... i guess all the college wrestlers getting into the ufc is just a ploy to anger the fans?
I think Filho is afraid of losing in the UFC because the only tough fighter he's faced is Chael Sonnen.
Filho must have some stupid management if they think joining the ufc is just for advertising. Hendo going to strikeforce, Shields coming to UFC, shows you right there, skill over advertisement, unlike strikforces, bad advertisement over skill. Marketing is nothing if your product sucks, just sucks in the idiots
BONGTAR- April 29, 2010 at 11:49 am
why did i just say that?
BONGTAR- April 29, 2010 at 11:47 am
he would go ass to mouth with an animal. crazy dude.
thisredengine- April 29, 2010 at 11:45 am
I am mad:
parchy mcthirst- April 29, 2010 at 11:43 am
A Silva, P Filho, and L Machida may just be a little more than friends and teammates. One can spot each of them dangling from one another's nutsack as well
SuckMyShinya- April 29, 2010 at 11:37 am
I hope that doesnt make you mad.....

I hear that one does not wanna piss off the engine...
ccman- April 29, 2010 at 11:35 am
Of the 4 million things people can say about the UFC on the negative..... fixing fights aint even close to being on the list. Judges may suck, but fixed fights?? get fucked Paulo. you should not pass a stability test to even enter a ring and you know it. I would not wanna fighter in my promo who scares casual fans either.
SuckMyShinya- April 29, 2010 at 11:34 am
Holy shit!!!

Redengine made an attempt at humor!!! Congrats bud, bravo!
MC Obscene- April 29, 2010 at 11:32 am
Bat. Shit. Crazy....
BuckWild- April 29, 2010 at 11:25 am
I wonder if he was talking about BJ losing when he said a champ would lose on the score cards if the Owner are mad at him .... I wonder....
thisredengine- April 29, 2010 at 11:20 am
To better fit in with the less-serious community of CP, I'll just say Paulo kind of looks like me.

Mustache represent!
Almost North- April 29, 2010 at 11:18 am
Right cause some drunk fucktards screaming shit at the event totally controls the business decisions at the UFC...thats why all those grapplers at 185 can't get shots at A Silva....oh...yeah...
El Guapo- April 29, 2010 at 11:14 am
(After 10 seconds on the mat)"BOOOOOO! Stand them back up! Fight, chicken shit!! Just bleed, motherf'krs!!"

I kid, I kid. That neeever happens. Well, sometimes it does. Most of the time. Normally. Usually... Ahh, who am I kidding? "WAR bitches!!"