A few weeks ago, Paulo Filho called out Gegard Mousasi in an interview with Tatame.com.
“I wanna fight Mousasi and show that with against me is a whole different thing… He doesn’t have my strength, he doesn’t have my level on the ground. He can be a better striker, but he doesn’t have my strength and he’ll go down once and be submitted”, guarantees Fiho, commenting Mousasi’s fight against Sobral. “HE’s well trained, but I don’t think he’s healthy enough to beat me… If he wins, I don’t even want my salary. But I guarantee he’ll be beaten more than he was against (Akihiro) Gono”, said the former WEC middleweight champion.
Pretty standard issue stuff besides the part about giving up his purse (like that would happen). Mousasi’s response however was not. Instead of beating around the bush and insinuating Filho was a steriod user, he straight up said Filho is a “little donkey” who thinks he’s a racehorse when he’s on the juice.
“What happened when [Filho] came to America, he wasn’t…he got beat up really bad. Now he’s back in Japan and he feels like a kid in a candy story, I think. He can use all kinds of steroids. And I think the steroids have gone to his head…[Filho] didn’t perform the same as he does in Japan as he does, how you say, in America. And now he suddenly has a big mouth again. I would say that he’s a little donkey that, he’s on steroids, he thinks he’s a running horse. But, he’s more like a little poney…I really believe that he used steroids. He also backed out a couple of times when he had to fight Chael Sonnen. He said he was crazy. Maybe he is crazy. I don’t know. I think he wasn’t feeling very good mentally because he cannot use his magic stuff…I also fight in Japan and I don’t use anything…If there’s an athletic commission test, he can fight me everywhere, everywhere he wants.”
This is basically the same thing BJ Penn did right before UFC 101 when he publicly claimed Georges St. Pierre uses performance enhancing drugs just a little more explicit, is it not? BJ caught a lot of heat for it. Will Mousasi get the same? Shouldn’t he?
He should but probably won’t considering Penn’s public profile and the outlet his comments were published on. Nevertheless, even if Mousasi gets a pass in the court of public opinion, he may find himself in a little legal trouble. Filho’s manager is already talking lawsuit.
Though Filho’s Brazilian manger, Joinho, originally responded to Mousasi’s accusations threatening, “I think it might be a lawsuit,” Fighters.com provided Joinho with a preview video of the interview upon request. No further response has been made to Fighters.com.
Mousasi only recently started to attract media attention. Is Mousasi going to learn the hard way what to say publicly and what to keep to himself?