Paulo Filho in dispute with WSoF

 

Former WEC middleweight champion  Paulo Filho is a uniquely talented fighter, and a uniquely troubled soul. In the latest episode, he is at odds with World Series of Fighting.

Filho signed a multi-fight contract with WSoF, and fought David Branch, but the whole process was so challenging that the organization may not use him again. In the meantime, Filho is breaking his contract, and fighting for the Bitetti Combat middleweight title on Thursday. Filho wants WSoF to buy out his contract at the stipulated amount, of which he said "let’s say I wouldn’t do anything else for the rest of my life."

"The whole Ray Sefo thing was a misunderstanding," said Filho to MMAFighting.com. "He didn’t like my fight? OK, no problem. I was injured and he should have known that. I have all the exams to prove it. But I went there and fought, I did my part. I’m not what they saw, I’m better than that and they know it."

"My contract has an interesting clause, with good numbers. If one of the sides wants to end the contract, they have to pay big money. But if they don’t want me there, that’s fine. Pay me what you have to pay and I’ll just go home to relax (laughs)."

WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz offers the promotion's side of the dispute.

"Legally, he should not fight at any other event but us because he’s under a contract with us," said Abdel-Aziz. "If he needs to fight and support his family, he can do that, but he never asked for our permission. I never gave him permission to fight anywhere.

"We’re not going after him for fighting somewhere else. Paulo Filho fought for us and he was not focused. His management was the worst management I’ve ever worked with. He has two managers and they both were fighting each other. He was coming to New Jersey and he missed his flight two times, and he was very unprofessional. It was very hard for us to bring him to the United States."

"I’m not interested on having him fighting for us again. The guy is such a legend, I respect the guy. At one point he was one of the best guys in the world and I respect him. But, at the same time, I think he’s going through a lot of personal problems. I don’t know how he’s feeling now, but I wish him the best."

"He didn’t ask for our permission for this fight and that’s something I’m going to have to talk with him about. We have to honor our contracts. We’re men.

"If we need him in Brazil, I’ll use him, but for now I don’t have any interest in having him fighting for us again."

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Recent Comments »

RKing85 site profile image  

2/3/14 11:22 PM by RKing85

couldn't for the life of me figure out why WSOF signed Filho in the first place. Made no sense what so ever to me.

SmileyNY1985 site profile image  

2/3/14 11:11 PM by SmileyNY1985

Sub good read.

ryant0987 site profile image  

2/3/14 9:17 PM by ryant0987

Are you an expert in bird law?

Mike Russell site profile image  

2/3/14 9:10 PM by Mike Russell

  I don't think it's worded incorrectly. Ali holds grudges and makes personal decisions that don't necessarily reflect WSOF brass' business practices. Paulo wouldn't be the first guy that he was pissed off at about less than great performance, who he handcuffed with a contract and benched for an extended period.   He has been sat down more than once by the ownership group.

MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ site profile image  

2/3/14 5:20 PM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ

I haven't heard of wsof having a bad reputation about anything including holding on to fighters. Source?

youarewhatiswrong site profile image  

2/3/14 4:43 PM by youarewhatiswrong

I hope you're not a native English speaking lawyer.

Tharian site profile image  

2/3/14 3:38 PM by Tharian

As a lawyer I wouldn't advice he saying he doesn't want a fight under contract to fight for him anymore... That could be saw as a contact break and Filho would indeed have the right for a fine...

time traveling 12er site profile image  

2/3/14 3:30 PM by time traveling 12er

Well, supposedly one of the drawbacks of orgs that let fighters fight elsewhere is that they also don't have as much an obligation to get them fights.  In the UFC they lock fighters down, but if they don't give that fighter a fight in a certain amount of time they have to pay him his contracted show money even if he didn't fight.  Which is why I'm guessing certain people get cut seemingly randomly.  There are no fights for the guy but if they keep him they have to pay him for not fighting.

butcher4 site profile image  

2/3/14 3:26 PM by butcher4

I know a few people under contract to WSOF who are pissed because they aren't getting enough fights, and apparently WSOF promises them spots on cards and reneges later.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

2/3/14 3:09 PM by time traveling 12er

Man, why is Ali Abdel-Aziz always such a scumbag?  He's always shitting on his fighters!  What president of a fight org would shit on his fighters!? (Being sarcastic btw.)