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Paulo ‘Mr. Reliable’ Filho Out of Bellator 18 Fight With Hector Lombard Due to Clerical Error

(The best part of having a million dollar bill on your person at all times? No more ATM fees.)

By DL Richardson

File it under “W” for “We Knew This Shit Would Happen”: is reporting that Pride standout turned crazy man Paulo Filho will not be able to compete at next week’s Bellator 18 show. Filho was scheduled to face current Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard in a non-title SuperFight, which was, on paper at least, an intriguing matchup — much more compelling than last night’s Alvarez-Neer spanking. Filho, who lists his turn-ons as “Pitbulls, tattoos, and tattoos of pitbulls,” told GracieMag that some kind of administrative snafu was to blame for his failure to secure a visa: “It seems the event took too long in sending out the letter I needed to present at the consulate and I’m not sure but it could be there was some kind of failure on the part of my managers. So, I won’t get my visa in time.”

Now, the Bellator guys have done a remarkable job of reacting to fighter travel problems once already this season: When the Icelandic volcano apocalypse prevented welterweight “Judo” Jim Wallhead from traveling to the US to participate in the tournament, Rebney quickly substituted Ryan Thomas, who’d lost by a controversial referee stoppage to Ben Askren. Ryan Thomas won, setting up a rematch with Askren in the semifinals. Whether they’ll be able to work similar magic this quickly remains to be seen, but if they manage to pull a good replacement out of their asses, it will rival anything Toby Imada does for “Submission of the Year.”

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ReX13- May 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm
^Mr Misanthropy has got to be in the running for comment of the week.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Hey Rex- When Bjorn calls you back tell him to find a way to get some of those exciting fights on a channel the rest of us watch.

And well yer at it wake one of these fuckers up at the home offices already. I know the wild and debaucherous lifestyle of an internet MMA journalist can get a bit trying at times, what with the groupies, the drugs, and the wild unprotected sex with midgets and under-age prostitutes, but tell them to kick some of the empty beer cans off the key board, give the hooker the last line of blow and throw her ass out down the hallway, puke in the "out" box a couple times and fire up the shoop machine. I tried to stomach da' Shoredog for a minute and my hives flared up again.
WuTangClan- May 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm
Hire a real journalist already.
ReX13- May 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

i'm following the story, but basically all we know is no one knows for sure. I'm still waiting for Rebney to call me.

i keed, i keed. May 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm
i know ya'll dont do weekends but maybe u should update this!! he's supposed to a go!
Mr_Misanthropy- May 8, 2010 at 11:42 am
AM 618 "open country"- your source for Bellator Tournament results!
Mr_Misanthropy- May 8, 2010 at 11:40 am
Never trust a front man with a name like "Bjorn". I've known a few swedes and one thing is for sure: they love a good practical joke. Haven't you been able to tell yet based on Bellator's broadcast partners?

I get almost all Bellator results and information from reading the internet. Its like one of those serialized dramas Charles Dickens used to bust out for the newspapers during the industrial revolution. They might as well have an announcer broadcasting on ham radio.
Almost North- May 8, 2010 at 9:01 am
The prez of bellator says this isn't true. FYI
Negativecreep0- May 8, 2010 at 6:39 am
I had always thought it was Oxycotton.......... my god no wonder the crack heads look at me with disgust in their eyes
Mr_Misanthropy- May 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm
I heard he had to kidnap a van full of tourists and harvest their kidneys and spleens to cover his Oxycontin bill. Man, the news media sure can provide conflicting reports in an emergency.
Almost North- May 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm
The real reason? Hes chairing the international conference on coco puffs in emerging markets in Rio. Can't miss the ICCPEM.
Debacle- May 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm
War Rex! Fuckin hilarious.
Your Dumb- May 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm
I wonder if by management Filho was referring to the spirit world people he introduced us to when he fought Sonnen the second time around.

I really want to know.
Left_Boob_Telligman- May 7, 2010 at 8:09 pm
His visa was denied over concern for his mountain of questionable decisions. Surprisingly enough, I hear his credit rating is fantastic.
Dr Garbo- May 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm
I feel like Filho would make a horrible babysitter...But enough about him...anyone hear about the crazy fuck in Minn. that stabbed 29 pigs
Harry Nips- May 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm
@Dante- Agreed
Congrats on the new gig Rex, a regular contributor now.
Japanadian- May 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm
the spirits told him to skip the fight and get some pitbull coin tattoos
overeems_needle- May 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm
Look at your man... now look at me... look back at your man... now look at me... unfortunitly for you... he's not me... I'm Paulo FeelHo's and I aprove this message!
Mr_Misanthropy- May 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm
Leopard, esse, exotic leo-pard.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm
!Santa Maria!


Dante- May 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm
This guy is a giant waste of space. I say he is placed on tito-block until he actually does something noteworthy... like fight.