Paulo Filho out of fight with Hector Lombard, blames visa issues:
"It seems the event took too long in sending out the letter I needed to present at the consulate and I’m not sure but it could be there was some kind of failure on the part of my managers. So, I won’t get my visa in time. I’m really upset because I’ve been training a lot. I did everything just right; I don’t know what to say."
"It got me down, but I’m not going to stop training. Something good will turn up."
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the fight is still a go:
"I've been on the phone with all the appropriate people and we've got everything in line."
Rebney today spoke to Filho's representatives, who said that Filho is traveling from Brazil to the U.S.on Monday and will have his pre-fight medical paperwork completed the next day. But there is a Plan B if Filho fails to materialize.
"We've backed ourselves up; we've done everything we needed to do in protecting the sanctity of that event, but my hope is that he shows up," Rebney said. "I think Hector Lombard deserves this fight."
Rebney declined to name Filho's possible replacement but said it is an opponent known to mixed-martial-arts fans.