As the avid link-dumpers among us learned yesterday, Tatame.com reported this week that troubled former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho was scheduled to meet Chilean heavyweight Daniel Gabriel at an MMA event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Friday night. Now, the above video purports to show Filho scoring a victory via first-round TKO at that show.
Though pretty much everything involving Filho is unreliable and shady – and since the ring announcer in this vid sounds like the Portuguese equivalent of all the adults in the old Charlie Brown cartoon, we can’t 100 percent vouch for its authenticity – the only other TKO stoppage on Filho’s official record came against Joe Doerksen at WEC 29 in 2007 (and that ain’t the WEC or "El Dirte" shown here), so we’re going to assume this footage is legit and cautiously say: Paul Filho def. Daniel Gabriel via TKO (punches), first round.
The slightly paunchy-looking Filho struggles for his initial takedown but, once he gets it, holds on with a tenacity befitting his nickname (and various dog-fighting tattoos). The dude we assume is Gabriel — who admittedly doesn’t look quite as big as Tatame would have us believe — briefly flirts with the idea of a kimura from the bottom, but Filho quickly moves to mount and needs just a couple of punches before the referee steps in to stop the action or Gabriel says "uncle." Premature stoppage? Possibly, but we have no idea how things are done down Sao Paulo way.