Filho Checks Into Rehab, Out Of WEC Title Fight On 3/26

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Paulo Filho will not defend his WEC middleweight crown against Chael Sonnen on March 26, his manager, Jorge Guimaraes, told

“We tried our best with Filho, but it didn't work and he'll not fight in the WEC,” Guimaraes said. “He tried with all his effort to accomplish the title defense, but he realized he couldn't do it due to chemical dependence and depression. He knew this kind of stuff does not have a link with the sport, and I'm happy he had a conscience and looked for help.”

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.

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