The Magnificent Paulo Filho AKA ‘Ely’
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Table of Contents
- 1. Paulo Filho’s Details
- 2. Paulo Filho’s Biography
- 2.1. Who is Paulo Filho?
- 2.2. Paulo Filho’s Early Life
- 2.3. Journey to a Pro BJJ Athlete
- 2.4. Paulo Filho’s Pro MMA Career
- 3. PRIDE Fighting Championship
- 4. World Extreme Cagefighting
- 5. DREAM
- 6. Bitetti Combat
- 7. Bellator Fighting Championship
- 8. Paulo Filho’s Legacy
- 9. Paulo Filho’s Retirement
- 10. Car Accident
- 11. Paulo Filho’s Historic Fights
- 11.1. Paulo Filho’s Grappling Record & Accomplishments
- 11.2. Paulo Filho’s Clored Belts and Grappling Championships
- 12. Paulo Filho Grappling Record Breakdown
- 13. Paulo Filho’s Wins By Armbar
- 14. Paulo Foilho’s WEC Fight History
- 15. Paulo Filho’s Professional MMA Career Breakdown
- 16. Paulo Filho’s MMA Match History
- 17. Paulo Filho’s Controversies
- 18. Links of Paulo Filho’s Famous Fights
1. Paulo Filho’s Details
|Name||Paulo Fernando de Souza Filho AKA Paulo Filho|
|Pro Record||24-06-03 (W-L-D)|
|Date of Birth||May 24, 1978|
|Height||5’8″ / 172.72 CM|
|Weight||185 LLB/ 83.91KG|
|Born||Governador Island. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Last Fight||May 10, 2018|
|Career Disclosed Earning||$136,750 USD|
|Foundation Style||Brazilian Jiu Jitsu|
|Lineage||Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Carlson Gracie -> Paulo Filho|
|Team Association||Brazilian Top Team|
|Favorite Position/Technique||Guard Passing, Mount Positioning to Armbar|
2. Paulo Filho’s Biography
2.1. Who is Paulo Filho?
At the ripe age of 22, Paulo Filho started his professional career in mixed martial arts. In 1997, Paulo represented Brazil in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championship and won a gold medal. He also secured 2 silver medals in 1998 and 1999.
He is a Brazilian retired mixed martial artist who competed in the Middleweight division in his last fight. Filho was the last WEC Middleweight Champion, he also contested in PRIDE, DREAM, DEEP, Impact FC, and the world series of fighting. Paulo Filho has earned prestigious regard in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community.
He is considered a legend among the high-level competitors, who have fought against him and trained with him. Filho is an extreme pit bull lover and has a tattoo of a pit bull on his shoulder and abdomen.
2.2. Paulo Filho’s Early Life
Paulo Fernando de Leite Filho, mostly known by the name of Paulo Filho was born on May 24, 1978, to a Jewish-Brazilian father and a Pernanbuco mother. His parents moved to Zona Sul. Around that time, young Paulo started training in jiu-jitsu at the Academy of Carlson Gracie.
In this academy, he started to learn judo and mixed martial arts. He did well in judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and mixed martial arts and later became one of the most renowned proteges of Carlson Gracie, and received his black belt in jiu-jitsu from Carlson Gracie at the age of 20.
Paulo Filho always held high regard for the whole Gracie family.
He said, “It is because of this family that I have everything in my life, and for that, I am forever grateful.”
2.3. Journey to a Pro BJJ Athlete
Paulo Filho got his Black Belt in Judo in 1996 from Club de Regatas. He received his black belt in BJJ from Carlson Gracie in 1998. Paulo Filho started his pro athletic journey from Heroes events in July 2000 and stood undefeated after 16 straight fights till 2007.
2.4. Paulo Filho’s Pro MMA Career
It was at the start of 2001 when Paulo Filho showed the whole world who is the real boss. Despite the internal tussle of Carlson Gracie’s team, Filho was firm on his mission. Paulo Filho decided to be part of the Brazilian Top Team (BTT).
This was the best time in his career. He has achieved a 16-0-0 record, especially winning against the prominent fighters of that time like Yuki Kondo, Amar Suloev, Murilo, Rua, and many others.
3. PRIDE Fighting Championship
In the duration of his stay in PRIDE, It was only Filho who remained undefeated in the 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix. But unfortunately, because of an injury, he was unsuccessful in winning the tournament.
It was in the semi-finals of PRIDE Bushindu on 5 November 2006, that Filho defeated Kazuo Misaki through Armbar. During the nerve-wracking tug of war, Filho suffered a knee injury, causing his withdrawal from the Grand Prix final match against Denis Kang.
4. World Extreme Cagefighting
Paulo Filho signed with World Extreme Cagefigt and ultimately fought on August 5, 2007, at WWE 29. Filho won the fight against the Canadian fighter Joe Doerksen via strikes. Paulo was awarded the controversial win at 4:15 of the second round over the two times National Wrestling Champion Chael Sonnon by Armbar. Because of the controversy, Filho was scheduled to face Sonnon again at WEC 33. But Filho faced Sonnon at WEC 36 on November 5. In that match, Filho was out of his league, and Sonnon dominated the fight and took the victory. In December 2008, when the WEC’s middleweight division was absorbed into the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Filho felt that he had lost his love for fighting and decided to take some time off from fighting.
Filho started his DREAM journey on July 20, 2009, by taking out a lightweight Melvin Manhoef at DREAM 10 in Saitama. Paulo put on an extremely skillful fight by showing great fortitude and perseverance. He wrestled with Melvin's toe to toe and continued to strike with power while dodging his rapid shower of strikes.
Melvin was also at the top of his game. At one point Manhoef put him in half guard but Filho swiftly transitioned into a full mount. Then Filho secured the Armbar which resulted in his win in the first round.
6. Bitetti Combat
On September 12, 2009, Filho joined Brazil’s top institute, Bitetti Combat. In the fourth event of Bitetti Combat he fought against Argentinian Alex Schoenauer, Filho dominated the whole fight and secured a win by unanimous decision.
He fought in Bitetti Combat a second time on December 12, 2009, at Bitetti Combat 5. He took his opponent Tatsuhiko Nishizaka by applying a Kimura in the first round of the fight.
It was after that fight Filho failed to appear in the fights of Bitetti Combat despite several scheduled fight announcements.
7. Bellator Fighting Championship
Once again Filho was scheduled to face Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard on May 13, 2010, at Bellator 18. But Filho was unable to join the fight because of some visa issues.
Paulo was unstoppable at that time and the whole world was in awe before the skillful show of the play. He defeated Daniel Villegas on June 4, 2010, in the first round via submission and strikes. He started his heavyweight debut with flair. Both fighters faced each other again on July 17, 2010, which resulted in a draw. Right after the tournament, Filho was summoned to partake in the ADDC submission grappling championship in Nottingham, England. Because of an injury, Paulo was unable to join the ADDC.
8. Paulo Filho’s Legacy
Paulo Filho lived a legendary life. He has shown the world what it takes to be the champion. With sheer dedication and the guidance of Carlson Gracie he mastered the art of fighting and made a long-lasting impression in BJJ, WEC, and ADCC.
It was not a pleasant time for Carlson Gracie and his team. Gracie’s team split apart and many prominent figures left the Academy to start their personal or joint ventures. But Paulo, despite the ambitiousness and the early bravado stage of his life did not leave and continued to follow the leader Murilo Bustamante. He did entertain the invitation of some formal teammates but ultimately returned to BTT.
9. Paulo Filho’s Retirement
Paulo Filho made an announcement on October 19, 2011, that he is retiring from the MMA and he will not be participating in future events. During the interview, when asked about the reasons for retirement Filho bluntly acknowledged the use of illegal substances and the problems it has been casting on his performance and mental state.
9.1. Back from Retirement
The spectators were in shock at the announcement of retirement and expecting a return. Paulo was thinking the same and he made a return to the arena to face former UFC fighter David Branch during the World Series of Fighting 2 event on March 23, 2013. Contrary to the expectations, Dave dominated the fight and Filho lost the bout to a unanimous decision.
Filho faced Andre Muniz at the Bitetti Combat on February 6, 2014, but lost again to a one-sided unanimous decision.
10. Car Accident
Paulo got into an unfortunate accident in 2007 and fractured his hip socket and left hand. He has now fully recovered and is living his life peacefully while doing speeches and teaching Jiu-Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro.
11. Paulo Filho’s Historic Fights
|Jul 24, 2000||Luiz Claudio||Submission||Win||N/A||2||Heroes 1|
|Jan 8, 2001||Keiichiro Yamamiya||KO||Win||00:29||2||Deep 1st Impact|
|Mar 31, 2001||Ikuhisa Minowa||Unanimous Decision||Win||05:00||3||Pancrase: Proof 2|
|Aug 18, 2001||Yuki Kondo||Unanimous Decision||Win||05:00||3||DEEP: 2nd Impact|
|Jul 19, 2004||Akira Shoji||Split||Win||05:00||2||PRIDE: Bushido 4|
|Aug 26, 2006||Ryo Chonan||Submission by Armbar||Win||02:30||1||PRIDE: Bushido 12|
|Dec 12, 2009||Tatsuhiko Nishizaka||Submission by Kimura||Win||03:00||1||Bitetti Combat 4|
11.1. Paulo Filho’s Grappling Record & Accomplishments
|Year||CBJJ World Championship||Medal|
|Year||Brazilian National Championship||Medal|
|Year||ADCC Brazilian Trials||Medal|
11.2. Paulo Filho’s Clored Belts and Grappling Championships
|Year||CBJJ World Championships||Medal|
|1999||Black Belt Pesado||Silver|
|1998||Brown Belt Pesado||Silver|
|1997||Purple Belt Pesado||Gold|
|Year||CBJJ Brazilian Championships||Medal|
|2000||Black Belt Pesado||Silver|
|1999||Black Belt Pesado||Silver|
|1998||Brown Belt Pesado||Gold|
|1996||Blue Belt Pesadissimo||Gold|
12. Paulo Filho Grappling Record Breakdown
|Jul. .24. 2000||Luiz Cláudio das Dores||Win||Submission to Punches||N/A||R2||Heroes - Heroes 1|
|Jan.08.2001||Keiichiro Yamamiya||Win||Ko(Punches)||00:29||R2||Deep-1st Impact|
|Mar.31.2001||Ikuhisa Minowa||Win||Decision (Unanimous)||05:00||R3||Pancrase-Proof 2|
|05:00||R3||Deep 2nd Impact|
|April.01. 2004||Silmar Rodrigo||Win||Decision
|05:00||R3||Bitetti Combat Nordest 3|
|Jan. 01. 2004||Daijiro Matsui||Win||Decision
|05:00||R3||Gladiator FC- Day 2|
|Jal. 19. 2004||Akira Shoji||Win||Decision(Split)||05:00||R2||Pride-Bushido 4|
|Jan. 04.2006||Gregory Bouchelaghem||Win||Decision
|Aug.26.2006||Ryo Chonan||Win||Submission (Armbar)||02:31||R1||Pride-Bushido 12|
|Nov.05.2006||Kazu Misaki||Win||Submission (Armbar)||09:43||R1||Pride-Bushido 13|
|Jul.30.2009||Melvin Manhoef||Win||Submission (Armbar)||02:36||R1||Dream 10 - Welterweight Grand Prix 2009 Final|
|05:00||R3||BC - Bitetti Combat 4|
|Loss||23–5–2||David Branch||Decision (unanimous)||World Series of Fighting 2||March 23, 2013||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||23–4–2||Murilo Rua||TKO (punches)||Best of the Best||September 6, 2012||1||0:47||Belem, Brazil|
|Loss||22–4–1||Norman Paraisy||Decision (unanimous)||X-Combat Ultra: International Grand Prix||May 20, 2011||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||22–3–1||Ronny Markes||Decision (unanimous)||International Fighter Championship||April 29, 2011||3||5:00||Recife, Brazil|
|Win||22–2–1||Jackson Mora||Decision (split)||World Fighting Combat: Pretorian||March 19, 2011||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
12.1. Paulo Filho’s PRIDE Fighting Championships
|2002.29.09||Win||Akira Shoji||R1/02:48||Submission by Armbar||PRIDE 22 Beast from the East 2|
|2004.19.07||Win||Akira Shoji||R2/05:00||Split Decision||PRIDE Bushido 4|
|2005.03.04||Win||Amar Suloev||R1/04:22||Submission by Armbar||PRIDE Bushido 6|
|2005.25.09||Win||Ryuta Sakurai||R1/03:49||Submission by Armbar||PRIDE Bushido 9|
|2006.02.04||Win||Murilo Rua||R2/05:00||Unanimous Decision||PRIDE Bushido 10|
|2006.04.06||Win||Gregory Bouchelaghem||R2/05:00||Unanimous Decision||PRIDE Bushido 11|
|2006.26.08||Win||Ryo Chonan||R1/05:00||Submission by Armbar||PRIDE Bushido 12|
|2006.05.11||Win||Kazuo Misaki||R1/09:43||Submission by Armbar||PRIDE Bushido 13|
13. Paulo Filho’s Wins By Armbar
|Akira Shoji||Win||Submission by Armbar||Sep. 29.2002||PRIDE 22||R1/02:48|
|Amar Suloev||Win||Submission by Armbar||April.03.2005||PRIDE Bushido 6||R1/04:22|
|Ryuta Sakurai||Win||Submission by Armbar||Sep.25.2005||PRIDE Bushido 9||R1/03:49|
|Ryo Chonan||Win||Submission by Armbar||Aug. 26.2006||PRIDE Bushido 12||R1/02:30|
|Kazu Misaki||Win||Submission by Armbar||Nov,05.2006||PRIDE Bushido 13||R1/09:43|
|Chael Sonnen||Win||Submission by Armbar||Dec.12.2007||WEC 32||R2/04:55|
|Melvin Manhoef||Win||Submission by Armbar||July.20. 2009||DREAM 10||R1/02:35|
14. Paulo Foilho’s WEC Fight History
|2007. 05.12||Win||Joseph Doerksen||R1/04:07||TKO/RSC||WEC 29|
|2008.08.03||Win||Greg Mclntyre||R3/03:21||Triangle Choke||WEC 35|
|2007.12.12||Win||Chael Sonnen||R2/04:55||Submission by Armbar||WEC 31|
|2008.12.03||Loss||Shane Roller||R1/01:01||Guillotine Choke||WEC 37|
|2009.03.01||Loss||John Franchi||N/A||Decision (Split)||WEC 39|
|2009.04.05||Loss||Rafael Dias||N/A||Unanimous Decision||WEC 40|
15. Paulo Filho’s Professional MMA Career Breakdown
|33 Matches||24 Wins||6 Losses|
15.1. Submission Method Breakdown W/L
16. Paulo Filho’s MMA Match History
|2018||Wawan MMA 16 - Wawan Fight Night||Mohamed Ashraf Gahi||W||Arm Triangle Submission||1||1:55|
|2014||BC-Bitetti Combat 19||Andre Muniz||L||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2013||Selva MMA- ExpoAcre 2013||Rodney Wallace||D||Draw(Time Limit)||5||5:00|
|2013||WSOF 2||David Branch||L||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2012||BOTP||Murilo Rua||W||TKO (Punches)||1||0.47|
|2011||AFC- Amazon Forest Combat 1||Satoshi Ishi||D||Draw||3||5:00|
|2011||X-Combat Ultra- International Grand Prix||Norman Paraisy||L||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2011||IFC- International Fighter Championship||Ronney Markes||L||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2011||WFC 4||Jackson Mora||W||Split Decision||3||5:00|
|2010||Bitetti Combat-8. 100 Years of Continuation||Yaki Sasaki||W||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2010||FCF First Class Fight 5||Marcos Rogerio||L||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2010||Impact FC 2 The Uprising Sydney||Denis Kang||D||Draw (Split)||3||5:00|
|2010||MF- Memorial Fighting Qualifying||Dnaiel Villegas||W||TKO (Submission to Punches)||1||0:00|
|2009||BC- Bitetti Combat 5||Tatsuhiko Nishizaka||W||Submission ( Kemura)||1||3:00|
|2009||BC Bitetti Combat 4||Alex Achoenauer||W||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2009||Dream 10- Welterweight Grand Prix Final||Melvin Manhoef||W||Submission (Armbar)||1||2:36|
|2008||WEC 36||Chael Sonnen||L||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2007||WEC 31||Chael Sonnen||W||Submission (Armbar)||2||4:55|
|2007||WEC 29 - Las Vegas||Joe Doerksen||W||TKO (Punches)||1||4:07|
|2006||Pride Bushido 13||Kuzo Misaki||W||Submission (Armbar||1||9:43|
|2006||Pride Bushido 12||Ryo Chonan||W||Submission (Ambar)||1||2:31|
|2006||Pride Bushido 11||Gregory Bouchelaghem||W||Unanimous Decision||2||5:00|
|2006||Pride Bushido 10||Murilo Rua||W||Unanimous Decision||2||5:00|
|2005||Pride Bushido 9||Ryuta Sakurai||W||Submission (Armbar)||1||3:49|
|2005||Pride Bushido 6||Amar Auloev||W||Submission (Armbar)||1||4:22|
|2004||Pride Bushido 4||Akira Shoji||W||Split Decision||2||5:00|
|2004||Gladiator FC- Day 2||Daijiro Matsui||W||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2004||BC Bitetti Combat Nordeste 3||Silmar Rodrigo||W||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2002||Pride 22 Beasts from the Est 2||Akira Shoji||W||Submission (Armbar)||1||2:48|
|2001||Pancreas- Proof 2||Ikusiha Minowa||W||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2001||Deep 2nd Impact||Yuki Kondo||W||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2001||Deep 1st Impact||Ikuhisa Minowa||W||Unanimous Decision||3||5:00|
|2000||Heroes - Heroes 1||Luiz Claudio das Dores||W||TKO (Submission to Punches)||2||0:00|
17. Paulo Filho’s Controversies
17.1. Paulo Filho got Shot
In 2014, during a party, Paulo caught up in a heated discussion with some unknown person in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The former WEC Champion got shot in the leg and was later brought to Miguel Couto Hospital for surgery.
17.2. Paulo Filho Vs David Branch
The event got hyped because of the presence of former WEC 185-pound champion Paulo Filho and his opponent, former veteran David Branch, in the World Series of Fighting II in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 23, 2013. Paulo was not proud of the fight's result but later accepted the substance abuse. He describes that loss as follows:
“I cut too much weight, 35 pounds, and I was not training before the fight. Everything was a complete and total failure.”
Paulo explained later that at that time, he was going through depression and falling into drug use. It all happened right after the PRIDE’s collapse in 2007. In his WEC debut, he was going to face Joe Doerksen for the middleweight gold and eventually won by first-round TKO. In four months Paulo was set to defend his belt against Chael Sonnen, nobody knew that he was not in his old form and shape and never will be again. Paulo said:
“People with depression will do anything to get out of this misery, and cocaine turns you into a slave. Cocaine slowly brings you down, and it is so dangerous.”
18. Links of Paulo Filho’s Famous Fights
David Branch vs Paulo Filho | WSOF 2, 2013
Paulo Filho (Brazil) vs Denis Kang (Canada) | MMA HD
Pride Veteran Paulo Filho fights in Kuwait and wins
Paulo filhio vs chael sonnen 2 full fight WEC 36
Dream 10: Melvin Manhoef vs. Paulo Filho HD
Akira Shoji vs Paulo Filho Pride 22 Beasts from the East 2
Pancrase: Ikuhisa Minowa vs Paulo Filho (2001)