Filho had two hours to lose the weight but why bother? We've seen the Nevada State Athletic Commission step in and prevent a fighter from losing anymore weight. Why is Florida even allowing Filho to try?
UPDATE: Florida did put Filho in harm's way. He was able to only drop to 189 in the alloted two hours. The fight will still take place. It is a now a non-title fight and just three rounds.
Who knows why Filho missed by this much weight? Maybe it's due to injury. Whatever the excuse is, it's simply unfair to Chael Sonnen, who is also a big 185er, to have to whittle down to middleweight and then watch his opponent not even come close to the limit. Until he gets his training and life together, we need to stop mentioning Filho as a future UFC middleweight titleist. Filho has also had issues with depression and chemical dependency. The WEC is getting rid of the middleweight division in the future. When Filho is officially under the UFC umbrella the promotion needs to make sure that Filho is straightened out before he gets anymore fights. He's already stated that he doesn't want to fight at middleweight. It's probably not the wisest move to fight at 205 lbs. at just 5-foot-8, but if that's what his mind is set on, Filho should be allowed to move up and take the risk. Filho's walking around weight is 212 lbs. which is rather small compared to many of the elite light heavyweights.
Here are the complete results from MMARated.com:
145 lbs: Urijah Faber (144.5) vs. Mike Brown (145.5)
185 lbs.: Paulo Filho (192) vs. Chael Sonnen (184.5)
145 lbs.: Jens Pulver (146) vs Leonard Garcia (145.5)
185 lbs.: Jake Rosholt (185.5) vs. Nissen Osterneck (184.5)
155 lbs.: Rob McCullough (155.5) vs. Donald Cerrone (156)
185 lbs.: David Avellan (185) vs. Aaron Simpson (184.5)
145 lbs.: Jose Aldo (146) vs. Jonathan Brookins (146)
205 lbs.: Carmelo Marrero (206) vs. Steve Steinbeiss (202)
155 lbs.: Rafael Dias (155) vs. Danny Castillo (156)
135 lbs.: Rani Yahya (137) vs. Yoshiro Maeda (135)
- Paulo Filho