Yesterday, news broke that Paulo Filho had been hospitalized due to a Rohypnol addiction. Turns out, Paulo Filho says that's not true. Well...the hospitalized part. Filho says that the man who released that info is a crazy person and a thief. Not only that, but Filho says that after November, he's done with the sport of MMA. That's right, he's retiring.
Filho spoke with Tatame.com regarding all of the news surrounding him in the past 24 hours. Filho not only spoke about that but said he's done after November. That is, if he even fights in November.
How are you?
I’m very upset. That’s something people say and give you space to think about drugs and other things. My biggest problem only was medicine (rohypnol)…
Rodrigo Riscardo, who was working as your manager, told PVT you were going to rehab again…
Man, that’s no truth about that. He’s a crazy person. Man, people invented a lot of stuff, and unfortunately I gave them reasons to think that. He said that just to avoid paying what he owns me.
What’s your professional connection with him?
I gave him an opportunity and he couldn’t take it. He took my money and I don’t know what he did with that. I just don’t know where’s my money. I have bills to debts to pay and people are charging me.
This money you claim he took, is from your fights?
He took my purses, everything. I think he took advantage of that to get back on his feet and get support of his stuff.
What about your career? Are you already back to training or will take a time out to train more?
I’m choosing or retirement, man… I may fight in November (in Poland) because I already signed the contract, after that I will retire. I don’t want this anymore.
This will be the last fight of your career? Don’t you think a win over Khalidov should give an extra motivation to get back?
No, no… I’m kind of disappointed with this stuff, fighting and not getting paid… I don’t want people comforting me, I just want what is mine. That’s the third time I fight and not get paid. I was the threatened of death by people I own here in Niteroi.
Looking back on your career, do you think you did everything you could?
I believe I always defended Jiu-Jitsu with all my heart, always an honest guy. I never ducked anyone, never chose opponents. I fought in worst conditions, but never ran away. Nobody had the privilege to finish me. I’m very sad in this moment. If I fight in November, if I fight, I’m already saying I won’t fight anymore.
What will you do next?
I’m not thinking about that right now, but I don’t wanna know about fighting anymore. I had good and horrible moments. I did what I could, it’s over. I was far from what I could have been, but I’m satisfied. It’s over.
Paulo Filho was once considered a top middleweight in the sport of MMA. A BJJ black belt under Carlson Gracie and the one time WEC Middleweight champ, Filho has had struggles with addiction that have hindered his progression in MMA.
Filho was a multiple time CBJJ World Champ and ADCC Brazilian Trials Champion in the sport of jiu jitsu.He holds 10 submission wins in his MMA career, and even submitted current Middleweight UFC Title Contender Chael Sonnen back in 2007 to defend his WEC belt.
It's hard to say just how successful he would have been in the sport, but it's sad to see him retire after his own demons stifled his MMA career