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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
Cancelled Bout Amilcar Alves Fatality Arena 7 2014.09.21
Reason: Filho Not Medically Cleared
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

André Muniz
23-5-3 5-3-0

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
23-4-2 11-3-0

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

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

Murilo Rua
22-4-2 20-12-1

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
22-4-1 4-1-0

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
20-1-0 33-12-1

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

2010.07.17
Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
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
16-1-0 23-5-1

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

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

Chael Sonnen
16-0-0 21-9-1

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 | Referee: Jorge Ortiz
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:55 Round 2 of 5, 9:55 Total

Chael Sonnen
15-0-0 20-8-1

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 | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:07 Round 1 of 5

Joe Doerksen
14-0-0 39-9-0

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 | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Armlock
9:43 Round 1 of 2

Kazuo Misaki
13-0-0 17-6-2

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

2006.11.05
Odds: -325 (Moderate Favorite) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:30 Round 1 of 2

Ryo Chonan
12-0-0 12-6-0

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

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

Gregory Bouchelaghem
11-0-0 5-2-0

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

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

Murilo Rua
10-0-0 11-5-1

Pride Bushido 10
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg

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

Ryuta Sakurai
9-0-0 12-9-4

Pride Bushido 9
Main Card | Tournament Alternate | 83 kg

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

Amar Suloev
8-0-0 18-4-0

Pride Bushido 6
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg

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

Akira Shoji
7-0-0 12-10-5

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
4-0-0 9-7-5

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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