The WEC has finally found a suitable opponent for its new middleweight champion, Paulo Filho:
Chael Sonnen (of Team Quest), who has a 14-8-1 mixed martial arts record, was 1-2 in the UFC. He won a unanimous decision over Trevor Prangley at UFC Fight Night 4 on April 6, 2006, but lost via submissions to Babalu Sobral at UFC 55 and Jeremy Horn at UFC 60.
"Chael matches well with Paulo Filho, who is a tough guy for us to get opponents for," Matchmaker Scott Adams said. "He was a Division I wrestler and he finished high in the Olympic Trials and I think he matches very, very well with Paulo. He's got a lot of wins against a lot of top guys, but this is really his kind of breakthrough chance, which I believe he realizes."And in some related news:
Chuck Liddell has asked Paulo Filho to help him train for Wanderlei Silva:
"We are analysing the proposal, but the idea is to travel from December 9 until the day of the fight", said trainer Josuel Distak.