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Paulo Filho loses to undefeated Marcos Rogerio “Pezao” de Lima

Pezao works on top in Filho's half guard. (Pic from Tatame.com)

Former PRIDE standout and WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho (20-2-1) lost for only the second time in his professional mixed martial arts career over the weekend, losing a unanimous decision to undefeated prospect Marcos Rogerio “Pezao” de Lima (9-0).

At one time Filho was considered one of the best in the world at 185, but rumored personal problems outside the cage and a lackluster showing in a 2008 rematch with Chael Sonnen — where he came in several pounds overweight — forced him back to the drawing board. After defeating Melvin Manhoef at DREAM 10, Filho went back to the Brazilian MMA circuit and put together a three fight wining streak before picking up a draw against PRIDE and UFC vet Denis Kang at Impact FC 2 in Australia.

At First Class Fight 5 on Oct. 23 in Sao Paulo, Pezao outpointed Filho over three rounds. According to Tatame.com, Pezao nullified Filho’s takedowns and ground-and-pound attack, and after the win he called for a shot in the UFC.

“I proved what I’m capable of tonight. I beat a famous guy, a really tough guy, and I want to fly higher now. I want to be on UFC.”

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