On, Then off, On again, Now Officially OFF – The truth comes out, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) have officially announced on their website, that the rematch between WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho and Chael Sonnen scheduled for March 26 has been canceled due to Filho checking into to Rehab for a undisclosed substance abuse problem.
Ed Soares, Filho’s Manager:
“This is horrible news, but we’re proud of him for stepping up and recognizing his problem,” said Filho’s manager, Ed Soares. “At times like this you realize who your true friends are and who really supports you, and the people around him now are supporting him and are gonna be with him when he comes back. Paulo apologizes to his fans but he thanks them for their support and he promised that the next time they see him, he’ll be back at 100 percent and will be the Paulo Filho everyone expects to see.”
Bad news, Paulo Filho’s a great fighter. With his recent lackluster performances in the WEC, it was obvious something was wrong.
Unsubstantiated rumors were circulating that he is in rehab for and addiction to “roids”. I’m sure we will find out Filho’s drug of choice soon.
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