WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho has disgraced himself this week, from failing to make weight for WEC 36 to putting together a terrible performance in losing to Chael Sonnen, and finally, backing out on his vow to give up the title belt if he lost to Sonnen. Here's Sonnen after the fight when asked about Filho's vow to hand over the belt if Sonnen won:
"That hasn't happened. I did hear that rumor, he said he would surrender, that he would count this as a championship match," he said. "And I would have accepted. I'm that desperate for the championship and to have that goal fulfilled. I would have humbly accepted the belt from him, but no, he didn't offer it."
The WEC is getting rid of the middlweight division anyway, but I think the organization should officially declare Sonnen, and not Filho, its last middleweight champion.
Said Sonnen of Filho's failure to make weight and the WEC's subsequent decision to make their fight a non-title contest, "It was heartbreaking. It really hurt me a lot. I kind of went through the denial phase to make it through the 24 hours. I've worked really hard and I really wanted to get that championship."
WEC 36: Chael Sonnen: Paulo Filho Didn't Give Up WEC Belt, 'It Was Heartbreaking' originally appeared on MMA FanHouse on Thu, 06 Nov 2008 13:01:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.