Chael Sonnen got his belt

Sonnen punches Filho at the belt

by:  Jack Bratcher

Chael Sonnen revealed to host Larry Pepe last night on Pro MMA Radio that he had indeed received the WEC Middleweight Belt from Paulo Filho following his defeat of the overinflated Filho at WEC 36 on November 5th.  

Originally scheduled as a WEC Middleweight Title Fight, Filho could not make the 185 lb. weight limit and therefore according to the rules the bout could not be a title fight.  

If you wondered why Paulo Filho looked flat during the fight (understatement of the year) the answer most certainly lies in his problems trying to make weight.

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Paulo Filho Cut From Contract

MMAWeekly.com has reported that Paulo Filho has been released from his contract and will not move into the UFC.

The news comes off the heels of him not making weight for his scheduled WEC Middleweight Title defense at WEC 36 against Chael Sonnen.

Not making weight combined with one of the worst performances in recent memory seemed to be enough to warrant a release from his Zuffa contract.

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Chael Sonnen to receive WEC Middleweight Belt

by:  Jack Bratcher

Following Paulo Filho’s inability to make weight topped with his losing performance at WEC 36, fans said the Brazilian champ should relinquish his title.

Apparently in agreement, the Filho camp plans to do just that. Filho’s manager, Ed Soares, said he planned to ship the WEC Middleweight Title belt to Chael Sonnen as soon as possible according to a new blog from Josh Gross.

Even though the bout between Filho and Sonnen was a non-title bout due to Filho’s fault of missing weight, the Filho camp agreed to give the belt to Sonnen in he were to win.

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Filho moving to L.A. – Wants rematch then a move to LHW

by:  Jack Bratcher

Former WEC Middleweight Champion, Paulo Filho, was clearly not himself on Oct. 5 at WEC 36 when he gave up a unanimous decision to Chael Sonnen and lost his title.

It was Filho’s first professional loss in seventeen fights since turning pro in 2000. It was a highly uncharacteristic performance that left everyone scratching their heads in confusion.

The good news is Paulo Filho is taking the loss exactly the way you would expect a champion to take it. Filho told Tatame on Thursday, ““What can I do, it’s sad… The fact is that I have no excuses, he (Sonnen) went there and did his job to neutralize me and that’s what happened, he did the right job and he has all merits… It was good to give me a new spirit.”

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WEC: Faber vs. Brown – live results & play-by-play

by:  Jack Bratcher

World Extreme Cagefighting’s WEC: Faber vs. Brown took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 and these are the results.

WEC Featherweight Championship
Mike Thomas Brown defeats Urijah Faber by TKO in round 1 for the WEC Featherweight Title
non-title bouts:
Chael Sonnen defeats Paulo Filho by unanimous decision
Leonard Garcia defeats Jens Pulver by TKO (strikes) in round 1
Jake Rosholt defeats Nissen Osterneck by TKO (strikes) in round 2
Donald Cerrone defeats Rob McCullough by unanimous decision
Jose Aldo defeats Jonathan Brookins by TKO (strikes) in round 3
Rani Yahya defeats Yoshiro Maeda by submission (guillotine choke) in round 1
Carmelo Marrero defeats Steve Steinbeiss by Split Decision
Danny Castillo defeats Rafael Dias by TKO (strikes) in round 2
Aaron Simpson defeats David Avellan by KO in round 1

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Filho vs. Sonnen 2: No Tomorrow

Paulo Filho and Chael Sonnen square off in Flordia this Wednesday to decisively finish what they started nearly one year ago. Marred with controversy, their first bout ended prematurely in most eyes. After several scheduling attempts were derailed by Filho’s personal issues, these two middleweights will finally have their highly anticipated rematch.

The folding of the WEC’s 185 and 205 divisions removes any championship luster previously associated with this bout. There will be no future defenses for the winner and no road back to the title for the loser. For Filho and Sonnen it’s not about the belt, it’s about being the better fighter.

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