Paulo Filho to Fight for World Series of Fighting
World Series of Fighting has signed Pride veteran and former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho to a multi-fight contract.
MMAWeekly.com confirmed the signing on Thursday with World Series of Fighting Executive Vice President and matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz.
Filho, once thought to be the top middleweight fighter in the world with a seven-year unbeaten streak, has been on a bumpy road since a 2007 loss to Chael Sonnen in their rematch at WEC 36. Following the loss, Filho was released from his Zuffa contract and has since fought for a variety of promotions. Reports have been made by many media outlets over the years regarding his struggle with depression and drug addiction.
The Brazilian announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition in 2011. However, after spending a year away from the sport, he returned to defeat Murilo "Ninja Rua, fellow Pride veteran and older brother to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, in a rematch of their 2006 fight at Pride Bushido 10.
Now under the World Series of Fighting banner, Filho looks to inject new life into his career with the new year. The fighter is expected to compete on the promotions next event rumored for February. An opponent has not yet been named.
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