Over the past week or two I’ve passed up on a couple of stories regarding the Paulo Filho vs Chael Sonnen rematch. First Paulo Filho pulled out of the fight, citing ‘depression’. Then the fight was back on, and Chael Sonnen went from being +400 with the bookies to +175. I guess Paulo’s mental state on top of his stated desire to move to light heavyweight after this fight had people anticipating he’d drop the belt.
And now the latest chapter of this story: Paulo Filho has pulled out of the fight again, this time to check into rehab over a ‘chemical dependance’:
Filho had disappeared for two days, causing immense concern for his teammates and Guimaraes. He ended up checking himself into a rehabilitation clinic in Niteroi, Brazil.
Guimaraes couldn’t say for certain how long Filho will stay under treatment, but he suggested the fighter will stay at the clinic until he is 100 percent. Filho is feeling better, Guimares said, after 48 hours of treatment. Guimaraes declined comment on the root of Filho’s chemical dependence.
This is just the latest setback for PRIDE fighters, who seem to be having a hard time adjusting to life after the Japanese promotion. Of course, the elephant in the room once again is steroids. If Filho has gotten off the juice it could be causing serious emotional issues. Wow, from causing your muscles to tear to fucking with your head to shrinking your nuts. Is there anything steroids CAN’T do???