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.