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Bellator 18: Paulo Filho out, Jay Silva in against Hector Lombard on May 13


Maligned middleweight enigma Paulo Filho (19-1) has withdrawn from his upcoming Bellator 18 non-title fight against Hector Lombard on May 13 due to "Visa issues" according to

From "Ely:"

"It seems the event took too long in sending out the letter I needed to present at the consulate and I’m not sure but it could be there was some kind of failure on the part of my managers. So, I won’t get my visa in time. I’m really upset because I’ve been training a lot. I did everything just right; I don’t know what to say."

Somehow I don't think anyone is that shocked.

The former WEC Middleweight Champion recently bailed on a scheduled appearance against Yuki Sasaki at Bitetti Combat 6 back on Feb. 25 after insisting his financial agreement wasn't worked out with the promoters beforehand and the terms were unfavorable.

He also blamed Visa issues when he no-showed the DREAM 12 event in October 2009. is reporting that former UFC 185-pound up-and-comer Jay Silva (5-3) has agreed to step in on short notice and take his place against "Hektor" this Thursday from the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana.

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.

Now he may be looking at another lengthy layoff if fight promotions choose not to book him based on his erratic behavior and history of pulling out of fights.

For more on Bellator 18 click here.

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