Posted on: November 5, 2008 9:00 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2008 9:41 pm
Up next is the fight that was supposed to be a rematch for the WEC middleweight title, pitting champ Paulo Filho against Chael Sonnen. However, Filho weighed in a full seven pounds over at the weigh-ins, coming in at 192. After two more hours, Filho could only cut to 189, so this fight is now a non-title catch weight fight at 189, and will be three rounds instead of five.
In order for Sonnen to agree to take the fight with Filho so far over the contracted weight, Filho will forfeit 25 percent of his purse to Sonnen, win or lose. Filho says he's going to make Sonnen pay for that fine. How it's Sonnen's fault that Filho missed weight and got fined, I'll never know. But apparently Filho holds it against Sonnen.
Either way, here we go. And as a reminder, after this show, the WEC will no longer have a middleweight or light heavyweight class, so the fact that this was supposed to be for the title was a bit anti-climactic all along.
Round 1: Huge chorus of boos for Paulo Filho. Sonnen throws strikes and Filho shoots for a takedown. Sonnen escapes and decks Filho as he stands. Sonnen gets Filho down and throws strikes from the standing position. Sonnen goes to his knees to get better range on his strikes, then stands again. The crowd is booing and frustrated that the fight isn't being stood up, but with Sonnen keeping busy and Filho defending, it won't be. Sonnen kicks at Filho's legs. Filho rolls into a kneebar attempt and Sonnen slips out. Filho is just laying there kicking out at Sonnen's legs. Sonnen stops on Filho's feet... yes, while he's down. The round ends, and the crowd is really hating on this fight so far. 10-9 Sonnen.
Round 2: Filho whiffs on a spinning back kick. He sticks his chin out daring Sonnen to strike. Filho shoots for a takedown and Sonnen stuffs it, landing in Filho's guard. The referee gets the biggest cheers of the night for standing it up fast. They circle out of range for a bit. Filho tries to jump into guard and Sonnen slams him, then stands up, and the ref immediately calls for Filho to stand. Nothing much happening on the feet. Sonnen with a jab. Filho shoots for a takedown and Sonnen stuffs it. Sonnen stands and Filho rolls to his back, but the ref stands him up instantly. They duke it out to end the round, and I have it 10-9 Sonnen again. 20-18 Sonnen heading into Round 3 of what has turned out to be a very disappointing fight, particularly from Filho.
Round 3: There is no killer instinct in Filho's eyes at all. Sonnen is throwing jabs but landing nothing. Filho is doing even less. Filho fakes a takedown shot and rolls to his back before even reaching Sonnen. The crowd boos again. Sonnen starts kicking Filho's legs. They stand again and it's more of the same. Filho doing little but keep his hands up, and Sonnen landing almost nothing. Filho is not attacking at all. The crowd starts a loud "bulls---" chant. I think it's safe to say this might be Filho's final appearance for a Zuffa promotion. Sonnen finally lands a knee to the face, but Filho's OK. The round ends. 10-8 Sonnen. Someone in the audience behind me is demanding his money back with some pretty harsh words.
Winner: Chael Sonnen defeats Paulo Filho via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.
Filho's undefeated streak is over with a hugely disappointing showing here. They escort Filho and Sonnen out of the cage without either commenting on the fight, which is a shame. I'd have loved to hear FIlho's excuse for that performance. Maybe at the postfight presser we'll be able to get something. Stay tuned later on.
Posted on: November 4, 2008 8:04 pm
Paulo Filho failed to make weight for his WEC 36 middleweight title defense against Chael Sonnen on Tuesday, and the rematch on Wednesday night is now officially a three-round non-title fight at a catch weight of 189.
Sonnen agreed to the catch weight fight, while Filho will forfeit 25 percent of his fight purse to Sonnen for missing weight.
Filho originally weighed in at 192 pounds. While normal MMA fights observe a one-pound allowance for making weight, competitors involved in a title fight must meet the exact contracted weight. In Filho's case, he was given two hours to cut the extra seven pounds and make the 185-pound limit.
Filho weighed in at 189 on his second attempt, leading to the catch weight and non-title provisions.
Also missing weight for WEC 36 was Rani Yahya, who was to fight Yoshiro Maeda at bantamweight (135-pound limit). That fight is still on, as Maeda agreed to fight Yahya at a catch weight of 137 pounds.
Mike Brown made weight at 145 on his second attempt, initially coming in a half pound over for his title shot at Urijah Faber. All other fighters on the card made weight:
Mike Brown (145) vs Urijah Faber (144.5)
Chael Sonnen (184.5) vs Paulo Filho (189)
Leonard Garcia (145.5) vs Jens Pulver (144)
Nissen Osterneck (184.5) vs Jake Rosholt (185.5)
Donald Cerrone (156) vs Rob McCullough (155.5)
Steve Steinbeiss (202) vs Carmelo Marrero (206)
Rani Yahya (137) vs Yoshiro Maeda (135)
Aaron Simpson (184.5) vs David Avellan (185)
Jonathan Brookins (146) vs Jose Aldo (146)
Rafael Dias (155) vs Danny Castillo (156)
We will provide a live blog from cageside of WEC 36 on Wednesday night, including all undercard bouts. Check this blog on Wednesday for continuous updates on each fight as it happens.
Posted on: September 5, 2008 9:50 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2008 10:16 pm
With powerful Hurricane Ike spinning toward the state of Florida, the World Extreme Cagefighting event scheduled for Wednesday at the Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla. has been postponed until November 5, officials told CBSSports.com Friday.
The rescheduled event is still slated to take place at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla.
As of Friday evening, the storm was projected to approach the southern tip of Florida by Tuesday, although forecasters warn that the exact path of the hurricane could deviate over the next several days, depending on the strength and position of its steering currents.
An official with the Seminole Hard Rock Live confirmed the cancellation with CBSSports.com Friday evening. An official statement from WEC is expected within the hour.
Regardless of whether the storm directly crossed into greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale area -- which includes Hollywood -- it is very likely the storm will come close enough to cause a sustained period of dangerous weather for the region.
UPDATE: Below is the official word from WEC:
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. – World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino today announced that WEC: FABER vs. BROWN fight at the Hard Rock Live scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 has been POSTPONED due to the threat of Hurricane Ike to South Florida.
The fight has been rescheduled for November 5 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tickets purchased for the September 10th date remain valid and will be honored .on the new date. Refunds for fans that are unable to attend the rescheduled date can be obtained at the point of purchase.
The WEC press conference scheduled for September 8 at Paradise Live has been cancelled.
"Due to the potential of a major hurricane hitting the South Florida area on Wednesday we were compelled to postpone the event," said Vice President of Operations and Production Peter Dropick. "For the safety of our fans, the fighters and our staff we felt it was in the best interest to make this decision."
Hurricane Ike is currently a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 MPH and is moving west/southwest toward South Florida according to the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory. The storm is on track to have impact on the Florida Keys and South Florida on Tuesday (9/9) into Wednesday (9/10).
"With Hurricane Ike approaching our area we have concern for the fans, fighters, our employees and the South Florida community in general," said Bernie Dillon, Sr. Vice President of Entertainment for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "We felt like it would be prudent and in everyone's best interest to postpone the event. We certainly don't want to cause any travelers or employees to get stranded here should we have a major storm."