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Apparently, Paulo Filho is sticking to earlier statements and asserting that he has no desire to fight his friend and teammate, Anderson Silva. From MMA Junkie:
Filho recently today told Tatame.com he was not considering the bout despite recent comments from Ed Soares, manager for both Filho and Silva, to the contrary.
"Definitely no," Filho said of a potential bout with Silva. "We're close friends and I believe there's space for everybody [in the UFC]. It's definitely out of my plans."
Discussions of the bout first began with UFC President Dana White's recent comments that Zuffa LLC -- owners of both the UFC and WEC -- will merge the WEC's 205-pound and 185-pound divisions into the UFC.
The undefeated Filho is ranked second in WAMMA's most recent middleweight world rankings. Only Silva is ranked higher.
I've said this before a million times. The Black House MMA guys aren't fighting each other. MEANING, if Lyoto is ever champion, Anderson will not fight for the title, Anderon and Filho isn't happening, and what I think would be an awesome fight between Machida and EITHER Noguieras isn't happening either. I don't know about you guys, but I think that fighting a friend is almost as good as getting a friend a job and getting to work with him. When your job is fighting, fight your ******* friend. If Peyton Manning and Eli Manning stood across the field from each other in the Superbowl they would still play so stop acting like you have some kind of code of honor because thats not how this business should work. The point is to find the best fighter in the world, and we can't do that if people are refusing to fight other people, no matter what. This is how Tito held the LHW belt back from real contenders for so long and what KJ Noons is doing right now, its ducking fights and anyone who wants to call themselves a champion ANYWHERE should be stripped of their belt immediately if they do that.
Also think about it this way,
If you and your friend are offered 100,000 (random number) each to fight each other, would you not do it? Its stupid. I bet you could get Clay and Jason Guida (despite the size difference), Lance and Rashad Evans, Nick and Nate Diaz, and Dan and Joe Lauzon to fight for 100k a piece. Plus some of the best fights are between friends. Ex- Jared Rollins vs Jon Koppenhaver, Pete Sell vs Scott Smith, etc.