More big Bellator news… According to Tatame, Paulo Filho will face Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard for the title.
Former WEC middleweight champion, Paulo Filho will have a chance to win one more title in his career. TATAME.com learned from several sources that the black belt will face Bellator tournament champion Hector Lombard at May 20.
This isn’t official or anything but it’s definitely a sweet fight if true. Oh, and if Paulo shows up for it which isn’t exactly a guarantee these days. He failed to show for two fights in the past year, one in DREAM and the other in Bitetti Combat. There’s still a lot of talk that Filho hasn’t completely resolved his personal issues, although he recently told GracieMag.com has been clean for the past six months. Bellator might want to have a backup lined up just in case.
My question though is how come Roger Huerta has to work his way through the lightweight tournament for a shot at Eddie Alvarez’s title and Filho doesn’t? Alvarez vs. Huerta is a goddamn war waiting to happen. It would be a shame if we don’t get to see it because Huerta suffers an upset or an injury in the tournament. We missed out on Alvarez vs. Masvidal last year because of Tony Imada’s insane inverse triangle, though I’ll admit if shit is gonna go wrong, that’s how you want it to happen.
Update: This makes a little more sense. According to MMA Junkie, the fight between Filho and Lombard isn’t a done deal. Filho is on the “short list” of opponents for Lombard however, and if the fight is made, it won’t be for the title. Sounds like it would be another “super fight” like the non-title fight between Eddie Alvarez and Josh Neer.