Bellator Fighting Championships announced that one-time WEC champ Paulo Filho will fight in a "superbout" on May 13 against season one champion Hector Lombard.
Throughout his career, Filho has struggled with personal demons, pulling out of fights, showing up for fights out-of-shape and mentally unfocused. And in the latest weird move, he got a face tattoo like Mike Tyson's.
But when Filho is on, he's an exciting, fun-to-watch fighter, so it makes sense for Bellator to take this approach with him. Instead of putting him in the tournament, which could completely fall apart should Filho return to his unfocused ways, they are putting him in one fight, and an interesting bout at that. Lombard's hard-hitting will face a challenge in Filho's submission skills.
A Bellator spokesperson told Cagewriter that if Filho beats Lombard, then Bellator has options. This makes the bout a low-risk move for the new promotion. If the "good" Filho shows up and wins, then they can stick with him. If not, they're not stuck with him.
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