Report: Paulo Filho Says Retirement Imminent
The accomplished, and at times, troubled career of former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho could be coming to a close. The 33 year-old fighter is scheduled to fight Mahmed Khalidov at KSW card in Poland on November 26th, and according to comments Filho made to the Brazilian publication Tatame, the bout will be his last.
In the interview, Filho denied recent allegations that he had entered a drug rehabilitation program, before citing apparent death threats and issues getting compensated for past fights, as reasons why he does not want to compete anymore.
Filho even expressed doubts as to whether he will fight Khalidov as scheduled next month, before adding that “I had good and horrible moments. I did what I could, it’s over. I was far from what I could have been, but I’m satisfied. It’s over.”
The Brazilian fighter last competed in September and fought to a draw with Satoshi Ishii while competing for Amazon Forest Combat.
For several years, Filho (22-4-2) was considered to be one of the world’s top fighters, due to noteworthy wins over veterans like Murilo Rua, Kazuo Misaki, Joe Doerksen and Chael Sonnen, among others. The renowned grappler went 16-0 to begin his career, after turning professional in 2000.
Since losing by unanimous decision to Sonnen in their November, 2008, rematch , however, Filho has gone 6-3-2 and the middleweight has acknowledged that he has battled depression and drug addiction.
KSW has not made any formal changes to its upcoming November 26th card.