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Report: WEC champion Paulo Filho and Chael Sonnen to rematch in March

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Whether it's a show of sportsmanship or a chance to redeem his past performance, WEC Middleweight Champion, Paulo Filho, has reportedly accepted a rematch against Chael Sonnen for the 185-pound title in March, according to Tatame.com.

The showdown could also possibly mark the last fight for the Brazilian at middleweight.

Here's the snip:

"WEC Champion at 84kg category, Paulão Filho gave Chael Sonnen a revenge, whom defeated at WEC 31, at 2007 December, with an arm-lock. According to Paulão Filho's boxing coach, Josuel Distak, Sonnen asked for a revenge after the fight. 'Last fight I had a lot of weight problems with Paulão, that's why he wasn't well. Sonnen asked for a revenge and we accepted. Thanks God this will be Paulão's last fight at 84 category.'"

Their encounter in December 2007 was shrouded in controversy. Sonnen -- an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team in 2000 -- dominated the action against the jiu-jitsu powerhouse before getting caught at the end of round two with an arm bar.

While in the submission, viewers and ringside attendees could clearly hear Sonnen repeatedly telling the referee not to stop the fight. However, the ref called the fight because of a "verbal submission". Sonnen protested the call immediately; but, ultimately, handled the loss with class in the post-fight interview.

Filho and his training camp attributed his lackluster performance against Sonnen to a tough weight cut. In recent weeks, Filho's trainers and his own father have hinted that he is contemplating a move to his "more natural weight" of 205 pounds after the Sonnen rematch.

At 5' 8", however, a move to 205 pounds for Filho would make him one of the shortest competitors in the light heavyweight division.

With all of the questions surrounding the ending of the first fight, as well as Filho's possible future plans, perhaps granting the rematch is the right move on the part of the WEC brass.

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