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Bellator CEO: Filho vs. Lombard Is Still On

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Despite reports stating otherwise, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney says that as far as he knows, Paulo Filho vs. Hector Lombard at Bellator 18 is still on. According to a report from GracieMag.com, Filho said he was unable to get a visa to travel to the U.S. because of documentation issues. However, Rebney today spoke to Filho's representatives, who said that Filho is traveling from Brazil to the U.S.on Monday and will have his pre-fight medical paperwork completed the next day. But there is a Plan B if Filho fails to materialize. "We've backed ourselves up; we've done everything we needed to do in protecting the sanctity of that event, but my hope is that he shows up," Rebney said. "I think Hector Lombard deserves this fight." Rebney declined to name Filho's possible replacement but said it is an opponent known to mixed-martial-arts fans.

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This fight better happen, I wanted to see Lombard destroy Filho

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Guess what? It's not. Filho's out, claiming (again) "visa issues". The replacement, according to Josh Gross, is Jay Silva.

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This bugs me. If you don't want to fight anymore, why posture like you do and cancel all the time? If you cant do it anymore, walk away.

Jay Silva is a gamer and I'm sure he'll put on a great show, and hopefully get picked up by a large scale promotion again.

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Filho hasn't been a personal favorite of mine since his failure to make weight against Chael Sonnen. I wish Filho could figure out what's going on in his life, he's got some wins over some impressive competition. I don't know what's going on for this particular event but I don't think anybody would disagree that he's had major personal issues prior to this.

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It seems his "excuse" this time is that he claims Bellator did not send him the necessary paperwork in time, which thus held up getting his visa. I don't know if I believe it but give Rebney credit for having a Plan B in place, good business move.

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Honest to god, in the information age, how much time does one need? Fax machines, email, etc...I'm probably making it seem simpler than it is but I've traveled before and done it on mighty short notice.

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