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Paulo Souzo Filho (Template:IPA-pt; born May 24, 1978) is a Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter as well as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo practitioner, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Filho was the last WEC middleweight champion, and is often compared (in fighting style and appearance) to his former teammate Ricardo Arona.[1] He currently trains with Team Link, in Ludlow, Massachusetts, along with UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga.[2]

Pride FC Edit

During his stint in PRIDE, Filho was the only undefeated entrant in the 2006 PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix, but he did not win the tournament as an injury kept him from the tournament finals. In the semi-finals of the tournament on PRIDE Bushido 13, November 5, 2006, Filho defeated Kazuo Misaki by armbar. Unfortunately, Filho suffered a ruptured membrane in his knee during the fight, forcing him to withdraw from the Grand Prix finals match against Denis Kang, who also suffered injury with a torn biceps in the semi-finals.[3] Filho was replaced by Misaki, who went on to defeat an already injured Kang and claim the Grand Prix title.

Filho's most notable wins include Kazuo Misaki, Amar Suloev and Yuki Kondo, as well as Murilo Rua and Ikuhisa Minowa.

World Extreme Cagefighting Edit

He signed with the WEC and fought for the vacant middleweight title on August 5, 2007, at WEC 29. Filho defeated Canadian jiu-jitsu fighter Joe Doerksen via TKO (strikes) at 4:07 of the first round. His first title defense occurred at WEC 31, where he was awarded a controversial win over 2-time NCAA Wrestling Champion Chael Sonnen by armbar at 4:55 in the second round. Due to controversy stemming from the fight stoppage (Sonnen's screams of pain were taken as a verbal submission by the referee, despite his objections), a rematch has been announced to headline WEC 34. However on March 14 Filho pulled out of this bout due to the fact that he had checked into a substance abuse rehab facility. Filho faced Sonnen at WEC 36 on November 5 live on Versus. Filho missed weight for this match, however the contest went ahead as a non-title three round fight.[4][5] Sonnen dominated the fight and took a unanimous decision victory. Throughout the fight Filho seemed disturbed, disoriented, and confused.[6]


Filho made his DREAM debut on July 20, 2009 when he took on light heavyweight Melvin Manhoef at DREAM.10 in Saitama, Japan. He defeated Melvin Manhoef via armbar on the first round. Filho showed great perseverance and a good chin in the fight, weathering an onslaught of strikes from the dangerous Manhoef before executing a powerful takedown that immediately put him in half guard, which he then swiftly transitioned into a full mount whilst at the same time trapping Melvin's left arm. He quickly secured an armbar to win the bout in the first round.

Filho was scheduled to face Yoon Dong-Sik on October 25, 2009 at DREAM.12[7], but failed to show up and was replaced on the card.[8]

Bitteti Combat Edit

Filho made his debut in one of Brazil's top Promotions Bitteti Combat, On September 12, 2009 at Bitetti Combat MMA 4 against Argentina's top MMA fighter Alex Schoenauer, Filho controlled throughout the whole fight and pulled off a Unanimous Decision. He then fought Tatsuhiko Nishizaka on December 12, 2009 at Bitetti Combat MMA 5. He easily took the fight to the ground, controlled and secured a Kimura in the very first round. Bringing his MMA record to 19-1.

He was scheduled to fight Yuki Sasaki in the main event at Bitetti Combat MMA 6 on February 25, 2010, but it was announced on February 22 that he had withdrawn from the bout due to "personal problems". Later that day, it was confirmed that Filho would in fact be fighting Sasaki. Filho then failed to show for the event's weigh-in, forcing a last minute cancellation of his bout with Sasaki.[9]

Bellator Fighting Championship Edit

Filho is currently scheduled to face Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard in a non-title fight in May.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

CBJJ World Championships

1999 Black Belt Pesado : 2nd Place

1998 Brown Belt Pesado : 2nd Place

1997 Purple Belt Pesado : 1st Place

CBJJ Brazilian Championships

2000 Black Belt Pesado: 2nd Place

1999 Black Belt Pesado: 2nd Place

1998 Brown Belt Pesado: 1st Place

1996 Blue Belt Esadissimo: 1st Place

He got his black belt in Judo in '96 from Clube de Regatas Flamengo. His black belt in BJJ was awarded in 1998, from Carlson Gracie.

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

MMA record Edit

Record Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time Location Notes
19-1 20/05/2010 Cuba flag Hector Lombard Bellator 19
19-1 12/12/2009 Win Japan flag Tatsuhiko Nishizaka Bitetti Combat MMA 5 Submission (Kimura) 1 3:00 Brazil flag São Paulo, Brazil Fought at 205 lbs
18-1 9/12/2009 Win 22px Alex Schoenauer Bitetti Combat MMA 4 Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 Brazil flag Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fought at 205 lbs
17-1 7/20/2009 Win Netherlands flag Melvin Manhoef DREAM.10 Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round Submission (Armbar) 1 2:35 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
16-1 11/5/2008 Loss United States flag Chael Sonnen WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 United States flag Hollywood, Florida, USA Bout changed to non-title fight after Filho failed to make weight
16-0 12/12/2007 Win United States flag Chael Sonnen WEC 31: Faber vs. Curran Technical Submission (Armbar) 2 4:55 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Defended WEC Middleweight Championship
15-0 8/5/2007 Win Canada flag Joe Doerksen WEC 29: Filho vs. Doerksen TKO (Strikes) 1 4:07 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Won Vacant WEC Middleweight Championship
14-0 11/5/2006 Win Japan flag Kazuo Misaki PRIDE Bushido 13 Submission (Armbar) 1 9:43 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal
13-0 8/26/2006 Win Japan flag Ryo Chonan PRIDE Bushido 12 Submission (Armbar) 1 2:30 Japan flag Nagoya, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal
12-0 6/4/2006 Win France flag Gregory Bouchelaghem PRIDE Bushido 11 Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00 Japan flag Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix First round
11-0 4/2/2006 Win Brazil flag Murilo Rua PRIDE Bushido 10 Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
10-0 9/25/2005 Win Japan flag Ryuta Sakurai PRIDE Bushido 9 Submission (Armbar) 1 3:49 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
9-0 4/3/2005 Win Armenia flag Amar Suloev PRIDE Bushido 6 Submission (Armbar) 1 4:22 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan Fought at 205 lbs
8-0 7/19/2004 Win Japan flag Akira Shoji PRIDE Bushido 4 Decision (Split) 1 8:05 Japan flag Nagoya, Japan
7-0 6/27/2004 Win Japan flag Daijiro Matsui Gladiator FC - Day 2 Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
6-0 4/1/2004 Win Brazil flag Silmar Rodrigo Bitetti Combat Nordeste 3 Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 Brazil flag Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
5-0 9/29/2002 Win Japan flag Akira Shoji PRIDE 22: Beasts From The East 2 Submission (Armbar) 1 2:48 Japan flag Nagoya, Japan
4-0 8/18/2001 Win Japan flag Yuki Kondo DEEP: 2nd Impact Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
3-0 3/31/2001 Win Japan flag Ikuhisa Minowa Pancrase: Proof 2 Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
2-0 1/8/2001 Win Japan flag Keiichiro Yamamiya DEEP: DEEP 2001 KO (Punches) 2 0:29 Japan flag Nagoya, Japan
1-0 7/24/2000 Win Brazil flag Luiz Claudio das Dores Heroes: Heroes 1 Submission (Punches) 2 Brazil flag Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

External linksEdit

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  3. Filho Discusses PRIDE GP Injury and Future Plans -, November 14, 2006
  7. Melvin Manhoef vs. Zelg Galesic and Paulo Filho vs. Yoon Dong Sik set for DREAM.12. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved on 2009-10-09.
  8. Paulo Filho Out of Dream.12. Retrieved on 2009-10-23.
  9. Paulo Filho withdrawals from Bitetti Combat MMA 6. Retrieved on 2010-02-25.
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