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Paul Filho’s issues upgraded from ‘Depression’ to ‘Addiction’

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???

  • Zurich

    I was thinking painkillers, actually… but I guess they go along pretty well with roids. Maybe this is why Arona isn’t in the UFC?

  • dignan

    The emotional toll of not being able to train as hard, or feel as strong must be brutal.

    Who knows, the dude could be a cokehead.

  • godzillad

    Of course it’s ‘roids, and yes Arona hasn’t cycled off because he isn’t in the UFC. Same thing would probably happen to him, too.

  • FightStinker is RIGHT!
  • fightfan

    One addiction that he also desperately needs to control…..Those godamn hideous 1980’s style cut off flannel shirts that he wears in every pic he is in. Or is it just one that he wears over and over

  • Lifer

    last i saw of arona in a video was that filho training video where arona had gaping, infected flesh wounds from some dude attacking him with a rusty piece of metal or so we were told.

    kevin randleman’s armpits come to mind.

  • cyphron

    Yeah, Cheick Kongo, a french national, knows how to defeat an American testing system while Sean Sherk, an American with higher powered friends and lawyers don’t know how.

    First, it was Pride test for steroids. Then once that myth was destroyed, it is now: everyone takes it but somehow UFC fighters know how to outsmart it. If that were the case, these UFC fighters should start a company on how to outwit the athletics commission! They would make far more money than for fighting for the UFC! They would make a killing on the upcoming Summer Olympics!

    Pride fans will go to any lengths to exonerate their heroes, even if they pull accusations out of their asses.

  • Lifer

    who said we believe u.s. fighters don’t use steroids? interesting tactic to create an argument in your own mind then defend it on the FL threads.

  • Accomando

    “…upgraded from ‘Depression’ to ‘Addiction’…”

    His final excuse will be that he’s addicted to depression.

  • Xavier

    “Pride fans will go to any lengths to exonerate their heroes, even if they pull accusations out of their asses.”

    Pride fans are definitely amongst the most pathetic classes of fandom online.

  • Accomando

    “…interesting tactic to create an argument in your own mind then defend it on the FL threads…”

    Yeah, I was almost suprised by it, until I saw his name was “Ineedgirlfriend”, I’m sure the guy will try anything.

  • Ineedgirlfriend

    It’s not about high power lawyers – its about high powered physiologists ;) And LOL at how you classified me as a “Pride fan” :)

    Man… obviously you dont have much idea about doping in sports. Read some interviews with coaches. There are doping scandals during every fucking olympics… sometimes superstars are involved. Please educate yourself.

    Fighters must be careful when using enhancers in UFC – sure, but it doesn’t mean they don’t take any, for Gods sake. Therefore theory about Filho being depressed because he had to stop using roids is ridiculous… If that was the case, he would’ve had depression long time ago and he would lose LOTS of weight. As far as I remember, he actually gained weight recently.

  • fightlinker

    Oh, americans are just as bad, but it was the fighters in Japan who were the worst since they haven’t had to hide it for the past several years. They’re also suffering from a lot of the problems associated with overuse of steroids : Randleman’s organs shutting down, Shogun’s muscles tearing, Filho’s mental state.


  • Ineedgirlfriend

    “who said we believe u.s. fighters don’t use steroids? interesting tactic to create an argument in your own mind then defend it on the FL threads.”

    I got that impression by reading the article. OK maybe it doesn’t say that. But anyway I think the whole argument about “Pride fighters are losing because they cant use juice” is not valid. And how does it make me a Pride fan??

  • cyphron

    American fighters do use it. The ones who do are caught. That’s the difference…subtle, eh?

  • MacDaddy

    “Is there anything steroids CAN’T do???”

    Make Sean Sherk fun to watch, apparently…

  • Hywel Teague [Fighters Only Magazine]

    def painkillers…. Kerr style

  • The Gaijin

    “American fighters do use it. The ones who do are caught. That’s the difference…subtle, eh?”


    I needed a good laugh today, you are such an ignorant bozo…pull your head out of your ass.

    Go look at the state of baseball and football in the US and try coming back to me with the idea that: (a) the drug culture in mma is any different than that of other professional sports in north american; and (b) that everyone using steroids has been nailed – all the while ignoring that fact that the drug of choice is now HGH (which is undetectable under current – and flawed mind you – testing procedures).

    LOL….you are too funny.

  • dignan

    We all know the only fighters who don’t use steroids are Canadians, but we still whoop serious fucking ass.

    So fuck y’all bitches.

  • pauli

    wec middleweight champion unavailable for title fight due to being in rehab; wec releases statement saying, “wait, what? we have middleweights? are you serious? WHY?”

  • Amy Robinson

    Ya, talk about not doing anything the squash the steroid use rumor.

    My thoughts are though, better admit you have a probelm without being forced to (by getting caught with a positive comission test) and take a few months off and sort it out, rather than have to take off a whole year.

    No matter, I hope Paulo gets some help and get his life back on track, regardless of fight career.

  • cyphron

    Damn, I try to go to fightlinker to hide from the Gaijin and he comes over here. I left the debate back at fightopinion, bozo. ;)

  • cyphron

    Since when does the MLB test for steroids? Oh wait, they didn’t until just recently. The NFL? Same story.

    Nice try, Gaijin. Don’t try to compare a sport sanctioned by the government versus a sport where the leagues govern themselves. Which goes to prove my point that any athletic league that do not drug test will inevitably lead to drug abuse.

    And if HGH is this miracle steroid that is undetectable…then why oh why do these athletes not use it instead of steroids. That would’ve kept them from getting their asses busted? Shouldn’t all athletes be clean then because no one in their right mind would be using anything but HGH right? Or perhaps the athletic commission can detect it and they’re aren’t as stupid as you make them out to be?

  • geiger

    Lol, I cant believe people still believe American fighters arent using performance enhancers. Guys like Patrick Arnold will always be one step ahead of the game. Remember “The Clear”? Yeah, Olympic athletes were juiced and passed the tests. Not to mention GH can be taken up until 48 hours of a competition (not like this matters considering fighters are not administered blood tests). Someone mentioned Sean Sherk, Sean tested positive for whatever reason and you can be sure that he used steroids. His excuse was that no one cleaned the testing machine, therefore his sample was tainted. Ok, except no one else tested positive for nandrolone (Hermes tested for Drostanalone). Even if the machine was not cleaned between samples it would have no relevance. I am so sick of steroid stories. Athletes use them, get over it.

  • geiger

    Cyphron, athletes might not use GH instead of steroids for 2 reasons:
    1. GH isnt that powerful of a PE on its own.
    2. It’s extremely expensive.
    To insinuate that this would be a logical replacement for testosterone is not feasible. Also, anyone that has done research on GH knows for a fact that the UFC or any other organization will never catch someone using GH, unless that person was stupid enough to inject that day.

  • cyphron

    I don’t think anyone is saying that American athletes are not using it. However, with the system in place, it is a great deterrent to those using it. There is a deterrent system in place. It seems that Filho and other Pride fighters are suffering from a steroid withdrawal symptoms.

    For those that claim that HGH is not detectable, that is not true. The 2004 Olympics tested athletes for HGH. The California Athletic Commission is planning to test HGH. The only obstacle is cost.

  • Xavier

    Dumb people are commenting…

    “Go look at the state of baseball and football in the US and…” they’re not tested by governmental bodies. Kind of why Congress has been laying the smackdown on Selig for the last year and a half. Most American MMA events are tested by a regulatory body, dumbfuck.

    “Guys like Patrick Arnold will always be one step ahead of the game. Remember “The Clear”?”

    Yeah, except you’re so dumb as to actually act like they don’t get caught eventually. The reason we know of the “The Clear”? Because science will catch up.

    Fact is, so many Americans have been busted ‘roiding that if they had any reliable way to mask these agents from the current testing, none of them would get busted. They all do train together in large camps, after all.

  • garth

    when you accuse someone of making an argument they are in fact not making, and then tear it up with your incisive commentary, that’s called a “straw man”.

  • pauli

    strawman best take his vitamins and bulk the fuck up.

  • godzillad

    The biggest part everyone is over looking is that Filho said he would fight in June. Now, which is more likely to have a set date: cheering up or cycling off?

  • The Gaijin

    How f#ckin dumb are you Xavier?

    The ONLY way that athletes with “the Clear” were caught was because a disgruntled employee mailed a LOADED syringe to WADA and their associates. If it wasnt for that, the “cheaters” would have remained in front of the testing committees much like they have for the last 30 years.

    Sorry cyphron, but your bum buddy US fighters might have and might continue to cheat b/c they have the ability to do so…sorry to break your heart like some high school bitch.

  • Xavier

    “athletes with “the Clear” were caught”

    That’s a good point, fuckface. In America, we go out and catch cheaters. Good point! In Japan, this doesn’t happen because it’s a free for all and nobody cares. They like their roided up self-destructive freakshow monsters.

    Thanks for making the point of so many who have responded to you. It’s nice when an argument can conclude with an agreement.

  • geiger

    Sorry Xavier, but Trevor Graham turned athletes in anonymously for “The Clear.” It was not discovered by testing before hand. I guess Im not the only “Stupid” person posting. Cyphron, they can test for HGH all they want, but unless an athlete is stupid enough to use it within around 48 hours of the test, they will never be caught. Research!