Previously ranked middleweight and WEC 185-pound champion Paulo Filho will ship the middleweight belt to Chael Sonnen as soon as possible, according to SI.com.
Sonnen defeated Filho via unanimous decision on Wednesday at WEC 36 in a bizarre and boring bout that was to be for the title before Filho missed weight by a staggering seven pounds forcing the fight to be re-booked as a three-round, non-title contest.
True to his pre-fight promise to give the belt to Sonnen if he emerged victorious, Filho, who peaked on the middleweight rankings at number two behind Anderson Silva, will relinquish the now-defunct title to Sonnen. The title was set to be abolished following the matchup anyways, making the move nothing more than a ceremonial gesture.
Following the disappoiting loss Filho’s status with the UFC has been called into question. With the WEC’s middleweight division being axed following WEC 37 next month, Filho was expected to make the jump to the UFC to face greater challenges than those faced in his time in the WEC. Now, however, doubts have arisen over Filho’s ability to overcome mental problems that have plagued him for the past twelve months. Whether he ultimately makes the jump to the UFC isn’t known at this time, though it’s expected he’ll fight at least once more for the promotion, likely in the 205-pound light heavyweight division, before his future with the company is decided.