Paulo Filho recently sat down with Tateme.com to discuss his upcoming fight with Chael Sonnen, fighting for the UFC, Anderson Silva and much more. Below are some of the highlights from their conversation:
Filho on the Postponment of WEC: Faber vs. Brown:
“I believe it was worse for him than to me. I was ready, and the athlete in general has his best performance twice a year, and we chose these moments to important competitions, and that’s what happened. E trained a lot for the first fight and I couldn’t make it, had those problems, and now the hurricane postponed it again and I’m back in my perfect mental condition.”
Filho on If He’s Heard From UFC President Dana White About Joining The UFC:
“Yes, superficially, but I still don’t have anything concrete and I’m very happy with WEC. I like what I make there, I’m well paid, the event is great and I’m well recognized in America, maybe it’s better than UFC to be well-known, but I think UFC is the dream of every fighter. I fought in Pride and now I wanna be at UFC so that I could say one day that I fought at the best MMA events of the world.”
How do you think would be the UFC middleweight division with you and Anderson Silva?
I think Anderson is doing the right thing. He always praises me, wants the best for me, and said we wouldn’t fight me. He’s the best and I don’t wanna fight him either. I think he’ll go up (to light-heavyweight) and until then I’ll go there and when I get closer to the title he’d be already retired. He already done a lot for the sport and we they have a lot of great athletes there and I can’t let this opportunity go away. It’ll be a better motivation, show the Paulão from the Pride GP. The problem when I was depressed was motivation. It was a very complicated moment, but now things are better and I can show my best game.
Filho On Anderson Silva’s Next Opponent:
“He might face Chuck Liddell and that’s what I think will happen. They told me he’d have a tough fight so I think it’s gonna be Liddell. They’re both great strikers and it’d be a huge fight. UFC has the tougher athletes and he’s dominating them, so I think they won’t rest until they take him out of there. They can try and try, but they won’t make it. Anderson has great rhythm, understands his own game, has a surprising ground game… I think he can complicate everyone’s life in the octagon. The middleweight division has tougher athletes than light-heavyweight. He moves better and has more technique so Anderson can go up and beat everybody.
Liddell is a slow fighter. He moves well, but he’s slow, and I believe Anderson will dance in front of him, connect some punches… Anderson would win that for sure.