Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Paulo Filho will defend his WEC middleweight title on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas against Chael Sonnen.
“Chael matches well with Paulo Filho, who is a tough guy for us to get opponents for,” WEC matchmaker Scott Adams is quoted as saying in Iole’s article. “He was a Division I wrestler and he finished high in the Olympic Trials and I think he matches very, very well with Paulo. He’s got a lot of wins against a lot of top guys, but this is really his kind of breakthrough chance, which I believe he realizes.”
Sonnen has competed for the UFC and for BodogFIGHT. His last fight was on Oct. 27 for the Sportfight promotion where Sonnen recorded a first round TKO over Kyacey Uscola. Afterwards, he issued a challenge to Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock.