Not too long ago, Brazilian grappler Paulo Filho was considered to be one of the top three middleweights in MMA. However, he has since lost his luster as the result of a slew of shakey in-ring performances over the past few years, as well as a handful of incidents involving both questionable personal and professional behavior.
This past weekend, unfortunately, brought another example of how the mighty mat-based machine has fallen with Filho losing to an opponent most Mixed Martial Arts fans have never heard of (Marcos Rogerio de Lima) at the First Class Fight 5 event in Sao Paolo.
Filho fell via unanimous decision to his countryman who in turn ran his undefeated streak to 7-0 with the victory. The result was the first time De Lima had gone the distance in his career with five TKOs and one strike-based submission to his credit entering the match-up.
Despite the defeat, Filho is still 4-1-1 in six bouts since parting ways with WEC in 2008 on the heels of a bizarre showing against Chael Sonnen. His overall record is 20-2-1 and features wins over Murilo “Ninja” Rua, Kazuo Misaki, and Ryo Chonan during his name-making run in PRIDE.