Troubled Brazilian star Paulo Filho failed to arrive in Japan on Thursday, prompting DREAM to secure a last-minute replacement. Photo via Combat Lifestyle.
Ed Soares, who represents Filho, today confirmed to MMAjunkie.com... that the fighter won't compete on the card but declined to go into details. However, he wanted to reassure fans that Filho "is OK."
Brazilian site Tatame spoke to Filho's mother:
One of the stars of Dream 12, Brazilian son Paulão, who was set to face Korean native Dong Sik Yoon this Sunday, is off the event. According to Japanese sites, Paulão had not yet left for Japan and had not been in contact with the organization. According to the fighter's mother, Adenilda Fragoso, the athlete could not obtain a visa to embark for Japan and had cancelled the fight.
At a Friday afternoon press conference, DREAM frontman Keiichi Sasahara told reporters that the promotion had yet to hear from Filho or his manager, Ed Soares, but that a replacement fighter was standing by and would be announced tomorrow. Polish site MMA Rocks is reporting that Filho's replacement will be Team Quest's Tarec Saffiedine, who previously stepped in on short notice to face Seichi Ikemoto in DREAM.10's WWGP reserve match.
[UPDATE] by Nick Thomas - Betting odds are up:
HW: Alistair Overeem (30-11, 1 NC) -1800 vs. James Thompson (14-10) +900
MW: Zelg Galesic (9-4) -165 vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (25-12-1) +135
MW: Katsuyori Shibata (3-6-1) -250 vs. Tokimitsu Ishizawa (1-4-1) +190
WW: Marius Zaromskis (12-3) -500 vs. Myeon Ho Bae (8-4) +300
FW: Keisuke Fujiwara (7-1-3) vs. Tomoya Miyashita (11-5-5)
MW: Tarec Saffiedine (7-1) vs. Yoon Dong-Sik (4-7)
FW: Chase Beebe (12-5) -145 vs. Yoshiro Maeda (25-7-2) +115
LW: Eddie Alvarez (18-2) -500 vs. Katsunori Kikuno (12-1-1) +300
LW: Kuniyoshi Hironaka (15-6) -325 vs. Won Sik Park (7-1-1) +250