Paulo Filho is out of the fight against Hector Lombard at Bellator 18, This is the third time Filho has cancelled his participation in an event on the eve of the show. Last October, the black belt announced three days before the event he was out of Dream 12, where we would face Dong Sik Yoon. The same thing happend the week before Bitetti Combat 6, last February.
In interview to TATAME.com, Paulo gave his version of the Bellator cancelation. “Honestly, I don’t know. I think maybe people knew I was in a good shape, strong, so they got scared… In fact, I’ve been informed it was a mistake of the event, which didn’t gave me the letter so I could take it to the council. Things were left to be solved at the last minute, unfortunately I won’t fight”, said Filho.
“My biggest concern is that people start to think that my absences are because of other things better than from what it actually is… I didn’t fight on Bitetti Combat for reasons between me and the organization and it came out on Sherdog that I was doing drugs and medicines once again. I fear that people actually believes that… I was training hard, working on my boxing with Distak, conditioning, running on the beach, doing Jiu-Jitsu… It was everything going pretty good, but there’s always something to get in the way."
Despite the cancellation of the fight, Paulo reveals he hopes to go back to the rings in July, and also that we has three scheduled fights in Australia. He has not looked for information on the need for a visa to get into Australia yet. “There is enough time left, but I believe that all the bureaucracy is for the best… To get into America is pretty hard”.
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