MC Hammer’s Alchemist Management Signs Six, Including Filho

By Mike Whitman Oct 20, 2010
MC Hammer must be into buying in bulk.

The former Grammy winner’s MMA management company just signed six new clients to contracts. At the top of the list of fighters inked by Alchemist Management is former WEC middleweight king Paulo Filho.

The company has also signed Strikeforce competitors Eric Lawson and Virgil Zwicker, “TUF” alum Eliot Marshall, Pride Fighting Championships veterans Milton Vieira and Cristiano Marcello, and Grudge Training Center founder Trevor Wittman.

Once considered to be a top middleweight, Filho ran off 16 consecutive victories to start his career. Holding black belts in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo, Filho is a handful on the ground, earning half of his career wins by submission. In 2007, Filho won the vacant WEC middleweight title, defeating Canadian Joe Doerksen by armbar. He then faced current UFC 185-pound contender Chael Sonnen in a pair of contests in which Filho looked ragged and exhausted. In the first fight, Sonnen dominated Filho for nearly two rounds before getting caught in a Filho armbar and verbally submitting. The second bout, like the first, was to be for Filho’s title, but the Brazilian failed to make weight, demoting the contest to a non-title affair. It was all Sonnen the second time around, as he controlled Filho en route to a bittersweet unanimous decision victory.

The Brazilian has experienced a resurgence as of late, however, going 4-0-1 in the last year, most recently drawing with Canadian Dennis Kang at Impact FC 2 in Sydney, Australia.

The six fighters signed to the Alchemist banner join previously inked clients such as UFC competitors Stefan Struve, Nate Marquardt, Brendan Schaub and Vladimir Matyushenko. Alchemist Management also recently began producing MMA apparel.
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