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23-6-3

Paulo Filho

Paulo "Ely" Filho

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  • Name: Paulo Filho
  • Professional MMA Record: 23-6-3 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Ely
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1978.05.24
  • Last Fight: February 06, 2014 in BC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Brazilian Top Team
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: N/A
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $136,750 USD
  • Born: Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Facebook

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A Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, Paulo Filho was not used to losing even before he made his MMA debut in 2000. Prior to that fight at Heroes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Filho was a multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion at the CBJJ Brazilian Championships as well as the CBJJ World Championships.


After making his MMA debut in 2000, Filho reeled off 16 straight wins, defeating the likes of Ikuhisa Minowa, Yuki Kondo, Murilo Rua, Ryo Chonan and Kazuo Misaki along the way during his run in Pride FC and the WEC. At that time, the high point of his MMA career, Filho could be found on many top ten pound-for-pound lists and in some cases atop the middleweight rankings.


However, Filho has checked himself into substance abuse rehabilitation facilities on more than one occasion during his career, and the first loss of his professional career came in a bizarre rematch with American wrestler Chael Sonnen in 2008 during which Filho could be seen speaking to thin air en route to a Unanimous Decision loss in which both fighters were booed heavily.


Since the loss to Sonnen, Filho has managed to put together another winning streak, but he has become somewhat infamous for pulling out of bouts at the last minute and it is unclear whether he will regain his prior form. At his best, Filho combines explosive athleticism and a compact frame with a grappling game that is absolutely smothering.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:59 PM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

André Muniz

Bitetti Combat 19
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2014.02.06
Draw

Rodney Wallace

Acre Regional

2013.08.04
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dave Branch
Ref: Kevin Mulhall

WSOF 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2013.03.23
Odds: +125 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:47 Round 1 of 3

Murilo Rua

Best of the Best 1: Filho vs. Rua
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.09.06
Cancelled Bout Murilo Rua Iron Man CF 15 2012.07.12
Reason: Event Cancelled
Draw | Decision
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Satoshi Ishii

Amazon Forest Combat 1
Co-Main Event

2011.09.14
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Norman Paraisy

Ultra X Combat

2011.05.19
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Ronny Markes

IFC

2011.04.28
Win | Decision | Split

Jackson Mora

WFC

2011.03.18
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Yuki Sasaki

Bitetti Combat

2010.12.04
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Marcos Rogério de Lima

Sao Paulo Regional

2010.10.23
Draw | Decision
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Denis Kang
Ref: John McCarthy

Impact FC 2: The Uprising - Sydney
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.07.17
Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Punches

Daniel Villegas

MF

2010.06.04
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Tatsuhiko Nishizaka

Bitetti Combat

2009.12.12
Cancelled Bout Dong Sik Yoon Dream 12 2009.10.25
Reason: Filho Withdrew
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Alex Schoenauer

Bitetti Combat

2009.09.12
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:36 Round 1 of 2

Melvin Manhoef
Ref: Samio Kimura

Dream 10: Welterweight GP 2009 Final Round
Main Card | Middleweight | 84 kg

2009.07.20
Odds: -158 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 184.8 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Chael Sonnen
Ref: Jorge Ortiz

WEC 36: Faber vs Brown
Main Card | Catchweight | 189 lbs

2008.11.05
Odds: -135 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $30,750 Base | Weigh-In: 189.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:55 Round 2 of 5, 9:55 Total

Chael Sonnen
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

WEC 31: Faber vs Curran
Main Card | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.12.12
Odds: -475 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $56,000 ($38K Base, $18K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:07 Round 1 of 5

Joe Doerksen
Ref: John McCarthy

WEC 29: Condit vs Larson
Co-Main Event | Title Match | Middleweight | 185

2007.08.05
Odds: -800 Huge Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($35K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock
9:43 Round 1 of 2

Kazuo Misaki
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride Bushido 13: Bushido Survival Finals
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 83 kg

2006.11.05
Odds: -325 Moderate Favorite
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:30 Round 1 of 2

Ryo Chonan
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride Bushido 12: Bushido Survival 2nd Round
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 83 kg

2006.08.26
Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Dong Sik Yoon Bushido 11 2006.06.04
Reason: Yoon Withdrew
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gregory Bouchelaghem
Ref: Samio Kimura

Pride Bushido 11: Bushido Survival
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16 | 83 kg

2006.06.04
Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Murilo Rua
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Bushido 10
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg

2006.04.02
Odds: +200 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock
3:49 Round 1 of 2

Ryuta Sakurai
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride Bushido 9
Main Card | Tournament Alternate | 83 kg

2005.09.25
Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:22 Round 1 of 2

Amar Suloev
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride Bushido 6
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg

2005.04.03
Weigh-In: 202.8 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Akira Shoji

Pride Bushido 4
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg

2004.07.19
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Daijiro Matsui

GLADIATOR

2004.06.27
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Silmar Rodrigo

Bitetti Combat

2004.04.01
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:48 Round 1 of 3

Akira Shoji

Pride 22: Beasts From the East 2
Main Card | Heavyweight

2002.09.29
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Yuki Kondo

DEEP

2001.08.18
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Ikuhisa Minowa

Pancrase

2001.03.31
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Keiichiro Yamamiya

DEEP

2001.01.08
Win | Submission | Punches

Luiz Claudio das Dores

Heroes

2000.07.24

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