Bellator: Paulo Filho vs Hector Lombard

Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that its reigning middleweight champion, Hector Lombard, will fight a non-title “Super Fight” against former WEC Champion Paulo Filho at Bellator 18.

The fight will take place on Thursday, May 13th and will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and on highlight shows the following Saturday night, May 15th, on NBC and Telemundo. The venue for the event will be announced in the coming days.

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Paulo Filho Taking Crazy To Mike Tyson Levels

Former middleweight prospect Paulo Filho is taking a page from Mike Tyson by getting some new well placed tattoos. Check out this new face tattoo on Filho, it complements his flannel cut-off shirts, which he has been trying to bring into style for years now.

Here’s what he told GracieMag about dropping out of Bitetti Combat 6 apparently due to the promotion not giving him a cash advance on his fight purse:

“I live life my way and it’s expensive. I’m broke, with no money, and they still have some back payments to me pending. I even asked my family to lend me money. They promised to deposit the money in my account before the fight, but they didn’t deposit what we had agreed on,”

and on the Tattoo:

“It’s like what Tyson has on his face. The tattoo looks good, I’m the one who doesn’t! Come here and take a picture of the new Paulao to show people what’s to come. I’m off drugs. This business about no one wanting me is a lie. There are a number of events around the world wanting me to fight for them,” he said in finishing.”

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“Personal Problems” Causes Paulo Filho To Withdraw From Bitetti Combat 6, Leites Fills In

Paulo Filho, once considered a top middleweight in the world, has once again left a promotion scrambling for a replacement after dropping out of Bitetti Combat 6, according to Tatame.

Luckily Thales Leites was available and will replace Filho against Yuki Sasaki. Leites is coming off a unanimous decision win over Dean Lister at MFC 23 “Unstoppable”.

Filho has struggled in recent years with depression and drug addiction, which may or may not be the cause of his withdraw.

Betitti Combat 6 is expected to take place on February 25 at the Nelson gym in Brasilia, Brazil.

Bitetti Combat 6 Fight Card

Thales Leites vs. Yuki Sasaki
Glover Teixeira vs. Jeff Monson
Fabio Maldonado vs. Guto Inocente
Cristiano Marcello vs. Emiliano Cobra Vatt
Ediene Gomes vs. Amanda Nunes
Luiz Firmino “Buscapé” vs. Francisco Drinaldo “Massaranduba”
Danillo “Indio” Villefort vs. Cassiano Tytschyo
Yuri Villefort vs. Julio Cesar Merenda
Leandro Batata vs. Johnny “Little” Eduardo