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What’s Going On, Paulo?


(Paulo Filho hears the ghost voice from Field of Dreams at the worst possible time.)

Paulo Filho’s performance at last night’s WEC was, in a word, bizarre. Not even the interesting kind of bizarre, either. He managed to be both incredibly tedious to watch as well as completely inscrutable, particularly toward the end of the fight when his attention seemed to wander. What is Paulo looking at here? Was he as bored with the fight as we were? Was he having hallucinatory visions of a half-naked Indian spirit guide?

After what we’ve seen of Filho in the last couple of days, you have to think he hasn’t truly recovered from the multitude of “personal problems” that kept him out of action for most of 2008. It’s one thing to show up overweight. It’s another thing to show up overweight and then fight like you’re on mescaline. After all the talk about pride and how personal this was for him, Filho embarrassed himself last night. Coming into a fight that unprepared and uninterested is insulting to your opponent, your employer, and the fans.

The loss brings up another question: where is Filho’s mostly-meaningless WEC middleweight title belt? His corner told Matt Lindland they’d give it to Sonnen if he won the fight, and Lindland’s not the type of guy to forget about something like that. Filho might as well give it up, because he proved last night that he’s not deserving of any title other than ‘fighter most likely to slip into a spontaneous trance at any moment.’

Give up the belt, Paulo. That is, if you haven’t pawned it already. Then go back to rehab and get your head together.

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The Lizardking- November 6, 2008 at 3:02 am
AWESOME doors refrence FTMFW!!!
kwagnuth- November 6, 2008 at 12:50 am
Damn thats cold. The guy has obviously got some personal problems and it seems like fighting just isn't top on his priority list right now. I for one can forgive the guy if he has genuine health issues. If he wouldn't have showed up at all we would be questioning his heart so it's a lose lose for him. It's like he was put on the chopping block for our entertainment and now everyone hates the guy for showing up when he shouldn't have even been cleared to fight in the first place.
Harbour- November 5, 2008 at 11:27 pm
I agree with a poster above. He was definitely trippin ballz in there!
Shane-O- November 5, 2008 at 9:05 pm
look how wide his eyes got... clearly he caught a wiff of a little thick burger that someone was quaffing down in the crowd and it drew his attention... end of discussion... honestly tho this fight blew my mind... i love paulo but he does have some serious issues.. but i am also speculating that he did it on purpose... paulo is one of the best in the world so why would he come over weight and why would he fight like kimbo slice in a Special Ed type of display when he is the CHAMP? i think its because the UFC is about to absorb more fighters from the 185 division.. and if paulo were to win hed have to defend his belt in the WEC as long as he kept winning ( which would be a while) as apposed to being pure shit... losing and being able to go to UFC..i think he knew what he was doin. you also have to realize as great of a sport as this is.... its a business. but the only person who will really ever kno is of course paulo... and oh yea the dude with the little thick burger in the stands
CJ- November 5, 2008 at 7:58 pm
They both suck. That fight was garbage, thank god it was free.
Treo- November 5, 2008 at 7:51 pm
It is now clear why Anderson Silva does not want to fight Filho. He would feel terrible to be his friends cause of death.
Anonymous- November 5, 2008 at 7:10 pm
he said hes moving to the US to focus on fighting and hopefully he'll get back up (tatame)
captain asshammer- November 5, 2008 at 6:20 pm
that doesnt make any sense how the champ failed to make weight, so now his belt isnt on the line anymore. how are you going to punish the challenger for the champ not making weight? sonnen should be middleweight champ right now
Geriatric Peon- November 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm
YEAH!!! how dare a site with the super respectable name of CAGE POTATO write something about mma that is speculation! I want a stat sheet post and NOTHING ELSE WAAAAARRRRRRRR!

Actually love this site, i can go to multiple sites and get the straight up stories but this page is more fun. Keep it up Bens'es
Rob Enderle- November 5, 2008 at 6:08 pm
Listen you faggot, try to write about MMA instead of your own cocksucking fantasies and theories.
Or actually just cover your TUF 24/7 and stop pretending your like MMA... drama is all your homos like...

So the guy looks into his corner a few times...big fucking deal.
Just because you have a quota to fill and not a single good idea, doesnt mean you should put out this Perez Hilton garbage.

Get real writers.
Josh- November 5, 2008 at 5:27 pm
Earl, most hallucinogens will not show up in piss tests. If Paulo was doing Peyote without me I'm going to be very angry!

:P
Turdburglar- November 5, 2008 at 4:55 pm
Yeah, great showcase of Sonnen's skills. GARBAGE!

i cant belive Sonnen didnt try and put him to sleep.
Earl- November 5, 2008 at 4:32 pm
I'm curious to see if he's gonna pass the piss test. That fight was foul all the way around. Terrible. WEC should definately pull his belt, IMO. No way he didn't come in overweight on purpose.
Deadpanda- November 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm
It turns out that Mushrooms isn't a performance enhancing drug.
Sweep the Leg- November 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm
He was clearly on something. And he wasn't just looking at his cornerman. If you watch the .gif, you'll see a couple times where he's looking more or less straight ahead, but his perception is so off that he's staring at where Sonnen was standing a full second or more ago. He was having tremendous trouble just following Sonnen's movements.

I think Sonnen either felt sorry for him or was a little freaked out at how crazy he was acting. If he had pressed the action in round three, he clearly could have gotten a TKO. It's hard to intelligently defend yourself when the guy you're fighting is actually about three seconds ahead of where your brain is telling you he is. Including his fists.
Malannon- November 5, 2008 at 4:04 pm
I think the mental condition and physical "wierdness" that Paulo displayed made Sonnen feel bad for Fatty McFihlo. Maybe he saw how pathetic Paulo looked and felt sorry for him. It was horribly obvious in round three that Sonnen could have just stood there with his arms raised and won that fight.

Hell, Chael could have pulled the old Nate Quarry "Robot-Walk Hammer-Punch Face-Cover" move for half the fight and still won 30-27.
Someone needs to re-post that .gif. Classic
wtf- November 5, 2008 at 4:04 pm
That is tripping me out.

so bizarre.
Dr.- November 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm
Either that or he was looking at some girl in a tube top.
skidding- November 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm
Boring explanation: He does look at the same direction everytime though, which I'm guessing was the direction of his cornermen.

A better explanation: He was looking at an empty seat in the crowd, wondering if his dad was ever going to show up to watch his game.
Lone Wolf- November 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm
What a joke, why even show up to fight....Paulo's performance made both fighters look bad.....although I think Chael Sonnen should have finished him considering Paulo's condition or whatever you want to call it.
CubicalGangster- November 5, 2008 at 3:46 pm
Guarantee he pawned the belt for cheeseburgers.
Anonymous- November 5, 2008 at 3:39 pm
bad trip, + octagon i'd be acting like that too.
Ouch! That hurts- November 5, 2008 at 3:32 pm
He just noticed all the advertisments on the mat. "Wait a minute, TapouT, where did that come from?" and "Whoa, Harly Davidson, and Bud Light, whatever happened to Mickey's? Man, I am away for a while and everything goes all corporate!"
Ouch! That hurts- November 5, 2008 at 3:32 pm
He was just noticed all the advertisments on the mat. "Wait a minute, TapouT, where did that come from?" and "Whoa, Harly Davidson, and Bud Light, whatever happened to Mickey's? Man, I am away for a while and everything goes all corporate!"
J- November 5, 2008 at 3:23 pm
He was getting trashed the first fight til he caught that arm bar and I would not doubt if he came in over weight on purpose knowing he would lose his belt otherwise
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