The UFC 142 card has undergone plenty of changes in the last 24 hours, and while those changes are bad for the fighters who are forced out of action, they’re good for those fighters who always hope to get that call from Joe Silva, asking them to step up and fight on the biggest stage in the world. Carlo Prater got that call on Friday and has stepped in to face Erick Silva in January after Siyar Bahadurzada pulled out of the bout with an injury.
News of the change has been confirmed by UFC officials.
A WEC veteran and native of Brazil, Prater is currently riding a four-fight win streak, dispatching of all four opponents via submission. With 40 in-ring clashes to his credit, Prater has fought some of the top names in the sport including Antonio McKee, Carlos Condit, Melvin Guillard, and Pat Healy. In 2008 he challenged Condit for the WEC welterweight title but fell victim to a first round guillotine choke. This will be Prater’s third fight in Brazil in his lasts four contests.
Silva made an impressive UFC debut back at UFC 134, finishing Luis Ramos in just 40 seconds. “Indio” has only been defeated once in 15 professional bouts and is unbeaten in his last 10 bouts.
UFC 142 is scheduled for January 14 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will be headlined by a UFC featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and top contender Chad Mendes.
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