by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It looks like former WEC champion Paulo Filho will try to make another go of it in the United States when he faces Hector Lombard in a middleweight superfight for Bellator Fighting Championships on May 13.
The promotion officially announced the previously rumored bout on Tuesday, stating the fight would be a non-title affair with the venue for the fight still to be determined.
Filho was widely considered one of the top middleweights in the world just a few short years ago, but the Brazilian fell on hard times during his stint with the WEC after moving their when Pride was purchased by Zuffa.
Going 2-1 with the promotion, Filho never quite looked himself in any of his fights and exited the promotion as well as all Zuffa entities after a one-sided decision loss to Chael Sonnen in 2008.
Since that loss, Filho has gone 3-0 with a fairly sporadic fight schedule, but has picked up victories over Melvin Manhoef and Alex Schoenaur along the way.
Hector Lombard, who hasn’t lost since 2006, has been on a tear lately winning in impressive fashion while taking home the Bellator middleweight gold last year. Training out of American Top Team now, Lombard has been gunning for more top competition and it looks like Filho is his next target.
“I think it’s a great fight for me,” Lombard said. “Paulo is a big name in MMA and he’s a former champion, so it will be champion versus champion. I think I match up really well with him both on my feet and on the ground.”
This will be the latest superfight that Bellator has made for their reigning champions, while the promotion is currently slotting tournaments for the weight classes to determine new top contenders for the title belts.