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MMA Quick Quote: Paulo Filho no-showed Bitetti Combat 6 because it didn't pay what he deserved


"We didn’t have a financial agreement. The purse was too low comparing from what I’m used to receiving and it’s bad for the fighter’s career. [The media] said I’m having problems with drugs and medicines … You can test me and you’ll see … I’m great. I’m not worried with fighting in Brazil anymore. I like the event, Amaury is my friend, but this event doesn’t pay what I deserve ... If someone pays what I deserve, It’ll be my pleasure to beat him up"

Former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho tells that he wasn't getting paid enough to fight at Bitetti Combat 6 on Feb. 25 in Brazil, insisting his financial agreement wasn't worked out with the promoters beforehand, prompting him to no-show the event. The talented-but-troubled Filho has been all over the map, both figuratively and literally since his bizarre loss to Chael Sonnen at WEC 36 in November 2008 and hasn't faced a competitor even remotely close to his level of skill in over two years. Can he eventually reclaim his position as one of the world's top ranked middleweights?

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