Filho not only managed to once again drop out of a fight, this time for the Bitetti Combat 6, he somehow managed to drop out twice.
in 11/08 against Chael Sonnen at WEC 36, Filho missed weight by four pounds; nullifying Sonnen’s last chance to win the WEC middleweight title. The fight was fifteen minutes of hell as Filho largely looked confused and disoriented.
Filho once again announced he was entering rehab, and seemed like a new fighter, defeating Melvin Manhoef at Dream 10.
Then it happened again. When he did not report to Japan for his scheduled fight with Yoon Dong Sik, Filho and his manager Ed Soares cited visa issues. Two months later, Filho revealed the real reason as to why he dropped out - he was suffering from depression, brought on by a sleeping pill addiction.
Ed Soares recently stated that Filho is once again battling his personal demons and that the move to Brazil has done more bad than good.
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