The following was posted today on WEC.tv:
WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho has chosen to withdraw from his March 26th title defense against Chael Sonnen after voluntarily checking himself into an undisclosed rehabilitation center in Brazil on Thursday morning, March 13, to seek help for a substance abuse problem.
According to WEC, the March 26 card will now be main evented by Light Heavyweight Champion Doug Marshall defending his title vs. Brian Stann with further plans for the show to be announced at a later date. We wish Filho a quick and full recovery.
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