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Filho turns down Bellator

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Unarguably one of the busiest men in the business, Los Angeles' own EdSoares manages a who's who of MMA talent. Some of the most recognized fighters of our era call Soares manager and friend.

After a short-lived stint with the WEC, former middleweight champion PauloFilho has been out of action since his lone loss to current UFC fighter ChaelSonnen, in what was mired in confusion, as Filho appeared to be talking to himself within the Octagon during the fight.

Now after having overcome his demons and back on track, the still valued middleweight fighter is now training out of Ludlow, Mass., with Team Link, featuring Gabriel Gonzaga. He is set to make his return soon, but where? "Right now we're in negotiations with some different organizations, but I believe he'll be fighting by summertime somewhere," explained Soares.

Previously reported to be in negotiations with the new Bellator Fighting Championships organization, it appears the possibility of Filho fighting there is a no go. "The contract (Bellator) was offering was too restrictive. It was unreasonable."

Seemingly destined to join the UFC ranks once the WEC did away with its shallow middleweight and light heavyweight classes, Filho was not picked by the promotion after his last performance. Soares, however, chooses to remain confident in the decisions made by the UFC brass and looks forward to future endeavors with his client. "It's very clear that Zuffa and the UFC, they're the guys. Whoever says they aren't, are in denial. Of course we would like to be back there, but right now we take it one fight at a time."

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