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Paulo Filho to make DREAM debut on May 26

The final WEC middleweight champ Paulo Filho will return to Japan when he makes his DREAM debut at DREAM 9 on May 26.

Filho's coach Josuel Distak revealed the former WEC middleweight champ's next fight to TATAME.com. He'll also put his weight issues aside by moving up to light-heavyweight.

Filho was widely recognized as the number two middleweight in the world after teammate Anderson Silva coming to the WEC in August 2007 with an undefeated record in 14 fights. But dispute winning the promotional title, his issues with depression and making weight have put him almost out of the picture in the rankings. In his last fight, Filho lost for the first time in his career in an unanimous decision to Chael Sonnen. When the WEC phased out the middleweight division, the UFC passed on picking up Filho's contract, while signing Sonnen and other middleweight prospects.