Filho Out, ‘JT Money’ In Against Khalidov for KSW 17 Main Event


Paulo Filho is out of the KSW 17 main event due to health concerns. | Photo: Colin Foster


Concerns over the health of Brazilian middleweight Paulo Filho have forced event organizers from Poland’s Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki to shuffle the main event for KSW 17 "Revenge."

Promotion officials Monday informed Sherdog.com that well-traveled Strikeforce veteran Jesse Taylor will replace Filho and take on KSW middleweight champion Mamed Khalidov on the Nov. 26 card, which takes place at Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland.

“We’ve received alarming news about Filho’s health condition and we decided not to use the Brazilian on our show. Filho was supposed to participate in the headlining fight on KSW 17 card and we couldn’t risk him not showing up for the fight against Khalidov,” an unnamed KSW official stated. “Jesse Taylor was informed about the possibility of replacing Filho a few weeks ago, so he is ready to face Khalidov on short notice.”

The career of Filho, 33, has been marred by fight withdrawals and bizarre occurrences since his November 2008 World Extreme Cagefighting title bout against Chael Sonnen. In late October, however, the troubled Brazilian Top Team representative refuted claims from a former manager that he remained addicted to the powerful sedative Rohypnol and stated that his fight with Khalidov would be his last.

Filho’s replacement, 28-year-old “JT Money” Taylor, enters the short-notice engagement having won six of his last seven starts. Taylor’s lone loss in the past 16 months came in a September submission loss to Bellator Fighting Championships middleweight ace Hector Lombard. Since his one-and-done UFC stint in 2008, the Team Quest fighter has rattled off wins over the likes of Tom Watson, Murilo Bustamante and Chris Camozzi.

Khalidov, 31, is already 2-0 against American opposition on the year, having submitted Matt Lindland via guillotine choke and James Irvin via armbar inside the first round. The Sengoku veteran is unbeaten in 10 KSW appearances, with draws against Ryuta Sakurai and Daniel Tabera.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 views

A key middleweight fight has been re-booked, and now will serve as the co-main event when the UFC returns to New Jersey in April. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 27 views

Former Bellator middleweight titleholder Alexander Shlemenko put Melvin Manhoef away in the Bellator 133 main event on Friday with a spinning-back-fist knockout. read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 0 views

Another Bellator main event is set. Brandon Halsey will defend his middleweight title against UFC veteran Kendall Grove in the headliner of Bellator 137 on May 15 at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Tem read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 31 views

The April 4, UFC Fight Night event in Fairfax, Virginia has a new co-main event. Al Iaquinta faces Jorge Masvidal in a lightweight bout with implications in the 155-pound rankings. read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 6 views

Guess that means no senoritas for Iaquinta just yet... It appears everyone on Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) roster wants to follow in Donald Cerrone's footsteps. Just two days following his read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 views

Episode No. 139 of the Co-Main Event Podcast now is available for streaming and download. This week, the homeboys look back at the madness that was UFC 183.Filed under: News read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC Fight Night in Fairfax, Va., now has its third different co-headliner, as Jorge Masvidal will meet Al Iaquinta on April 4. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

Anderson Silva tested positive for drostanolone metabolites during an out-of-competition drug test ahead of his UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz, according to a statement released by the Ultimate Fightin read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana in a post-fight drug test following the UFC 183 main event, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. read news >>