Former WEC Champ Paulo Filho Reportedly Shot in Brazil

October 30, 2014
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Former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho was reportedly shot in the leg during a house party on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and rushed into surgery.

Filho reportedly had an altercation with a man at the party after an incident between Filho and a young woman. The man allegedly shot Filho in the leg and then left. Psicoticos por VT first reported the news, and sources close to the situation confirmed the story to reporter Guilherme Cruz.

The former champion was rushed to the hospital and into surgery, but as of the time of publication, there was no available update on his condition.

Paulo Filho submits Chael SonnenFilho rose to prominence during his Pride Fighting Championships tenure and then as the WEC middleweight champion.He fought and defeated the likes of Chael Sonnen, Melvin Manhoef, and Yuki Kondo, but has long suffered from substance abuse problems.

He was undefeated at 16-0 before losing in a WEC non-title fight to Sonnen in 2008.

His career has fallen into a steady downward spiral since leaving the WEC following the loss to Sonnen. Filho is 1-4-2 in his last seven bouts, and doesn’t appear anywhere near resurrecting his once illustrious career.

He last fought at Bitetti Combat 19 in February, losing via unanimous decision to Andre Muniz.

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  • Seth

    Shit…wild life in Brazil, huh? I wish him fast recovery!

  • TheCerealKiller

    With all of his substance abuse problems, you would wonder if it has anything to do with it. Could have been one of the greats.

    • guest

      Definitely. This guy was a beast in Pride days. He was ranked #2 right below Anderson for a few years. He was just a freakishly strong dude.

      Now he is out of shape, out of form, and loses fights to sloppy HWs in backyard brawls. Disappointing.

      Filho in his prime vs Anderson would have been a dream fight for hardcore fans.

  • Ian Price

    But I thought guns were banned in Brazil…

    • Maddawgmar

      Yup, I heard that too. Gun bans are the answer..

      • Matte

        The brain squad strikes again!

        The answer to what? If you’re talking about gun laws and violence I suggest you use some actual statistics or sources before gapping.

        Although even that ofcourse is to making the issue to simple, there are many factors to into account.

        I guess it is easier just making dumb ass comments while shooting cans in your back yard.

        • Maddawgmar

          First off bro, calm yourself… Second, it was a joke. You know, being all ironical and stuff. Finally don’t presume to know anything about what I do with guns or even my stance on gun control. This is not a forum for a political debate on guns. But if you would like to have such a debate, I would be more than happy to hand you your ass. Just let’s do it on another forum besides an MMA site. I’ll even let you pick the side you want, Pro or Con.

    • MuayThaiFood

      It is legal to own guns in Brazil. Carry permits are very difficult to get though. At least the guy was nice enough to shoot him in the leg and not the head.

  • DamianCross

    Is it just me, or is it open season on the legs of former Ryo Chonan opponents? Someone, protect Baroni!