(“Do I look like a junkie?”)
Tatame.com is quoting Paulo Filho‘s boxing coach, Josuel Distak, as saying that the WEC middleweight champ will next fight real estate agent Chael Sonnen in a rematch of their December ’07 fight (WEC 31). The last fight ended with Chael Sonnen submitting and claiming he didn’t. Distak claims Paulo “wasn’t well” in that fight and “Sonnen asked for a revenge and we accepted.” We’ll get to see if Chael really has turned a corner – since he was bitch-slapping Paulo for two rounds until the submission – or if Paulo truly “wasn’t well”. That fight made us look a little closer at Filho and the rematch will be very telling.
The excuse coming out of the champ’s camp for his ass-dragging at WEC 31 is that he had some difficulty making the 185 lbs for the fight. Distak is saying they’ll remedy this by moving the fighter up to a light heavy.
“Thanks God this will be Paulão’s last fight at 84 category. After this fight he’ll go up to 93kg category.”
For all you non-metric system Americans, 93kg is 205 pounds. And at light heavyweight, Filho might be a little outsized. Nothing a little juice won’t cure, according to Dan Henderson in a recent MMANews interview.
MMANews.com:What are your thoughts on Paulo Filho?
Dan Henderson: I don’t think he has been very impressive in his last two performances since coming to the US but I think that’s what not being able to use Steroids will do to you.
MMANews.com:Are you saying Filho may be a juicer?
Dan Henderson: Well that’s my opinion anyway. He hasn’t looked good since he left Pride.
MMANews.com: Was steroid abuse a problem in Pride?
Dan Henderson: People didn’t get tested.
MMANews.com: So I suppose if you can get away with it why not.
Dan Henderson: Exactly.
And Henderson is one of those of the opinion that Chael Sonnen was robbed by the ref in his fight with Paulo.
MMANews.com: What were your thoughts on the finish of the Chael Sonnen/Filho fight?
Dan Henderson: Well Chael didn’t tap. The ref stopped it on his own because he thought Chael was in troble. Chael shouldn’t have found himself in that position but the ref also shouldn’t have stopped the fight.
Not sure if Henderson really likes Paulo Filho. Can’t tell from his super-subtlety. There’s been much ado about roids in the past few days and the beat of the witch hunt drums are getting louder. Look for more mud-slinging and Roger Clemons-esque denials before this settles down.