Filho to Give Up WEC Belt

“Ely” Paulo Filho (15-1) plans to give up his WEC middleweight belt after losing his match with Chael Sonnen (21-9-1) by unanimous decision 5 November at WEC 36 in Hollywood, FL, reported Sports Illustrated Friday.

Ed Soares, Filho’s manager, said Filho will ship the belt to Sonnen as soon as he is able.

The fight Wednesday had originally been planned as a championship match.  However, with Filho failing to make weight, it was changed to a non-title fight, and Filho forfeited 25 percent of his purse to Sonnen.

Soares also said that after the fight Filho seemed not to know that the match had ended.  He was taken to the hospital when doctors noticed uneven dilation of his pupils, but was released later the same night.