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Paulo Filho ready for UFC middleweight title run when Anderson Silva retires



"... I think UFC is the dream of every fighter. I fought in Pride and now I wanna be at UFC so that I could say one day that I fought at the best MMA events of the world.... I think Anderson is doing the right thing. He always praises me, wants the best for me, and said we wouldn’t fight me, he’s the best, and I don’t wanna fight him too. I think he’ll go up (to light-heavyweight) and until then I’ll go there and when I get closer to the title, he’d be already retired. He already done a lot for the sport, and we they have a lot of great athletes there and I can’t let this opportunity go away, it’ll be a better motivation, show the Paulão from the Pride GP. The problem in this depression moment was motivation, it was a very complicated moment, but now things are better and I can show my best game."

WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho looks forward to returning to top form and making some waves inside the Octagon once his responsibilities with the "other" Zuffa-owned promotion are satisfied. The Brazilian has one last fight against Chael Sonnen slated for next week before the organization dissolves its middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. As one of the top 185-pound fighters in the world, Filho will likely soon be competing under the UFC banner. And it will not be against good friend Anderson Silva, the reigning division champion. The good news is that Filho predicts that by the time he is ready to challenge for the title that "The Spider" will already be out to pasture, getting fat and living large off his exploits inside the cage. Sounds like perfect timing for a changing of the guard if indeed accurate.

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