Bellator 18: Paulo Filho out, Jay Silva in against Hector Lombard on May 13th

Graciefighter.com is reporting Paulo Filho (19-1) has withdrawn from his upcoming non-title fight against Hector Lombard at Bellator 18 on May 13th, 2010 due to “Visa issues”.

“It seems the event took too long in sending out the letter I needed to present at the consulate and I’m not sure but it could be there was some kind of failure on the part of my managers. So, I won’t get my visa in time. I’m really upset because I’ve been training a lot. I did everything just right; I don’t know what to say.”

SI.com is reporting that former UFC middleweight fighter er Jay Silva (5-3) has agreed to replace Filho and take on the champion in the non-title fight this Thursday from the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana.

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