Written By: Lance Edwards
Carlo Prater (29-10-1), Houston’s top ranked lightweight fighter, will be fighting this weekend in Brazil at UFC 142. Currently residing in Brasilia, Brazil, Carlo has maintained strong roots as a part of the Houston MMA scene. Having been involved with Yves Edwards with the Thugjitsu guys, Saul Soliz with Metro Fight Club and Paradigm Training Center, Carlo is one of the most accomplished and respected fighters locally.
We last saw Carlo fight locally in Legacy Fighting Championship 7, where he defeated talented UFC veteran Cameron Dollar via kimura. Carlo is set to face Erick Silva (13-1), a highly regarded fighter from Team Nogueira in Brazil. Silva was due to face Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1), but an injury forced Bahadurzada to withdraw. Prater received the call to fight for the first time in the world’s biggest MMA organization, and enthusiastically agreed.
The matchup is interesting as both guys are very well rounded. Both have black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and both have black belts in Judo. Both have also finished the majority of their fights with submissions. One glaring advantage Prater has, is big fight experience. Silva won his UFC debut, but has not fought nearly the caliber of opponent that Prater has. In his 9+ year career, he has fought the likes of Melvin Guillard, Carlos Condit, Drew Fickett and Spencer Fisher.
Prater has fought at both 155lbs and 170lbs during his career, and most recently has been fighting at 155. This fight will be taking place at 170lbs. When I made contact with Prater, he was jubilant and excited.
“I love fighting at 170, guess where I am?”, Carlo stated “ I’m at a Churrascaria!”
It is pretty safe to assume that with Carlo eating steak two days before his fight, he will be on the smaller side of 170 lbs. However, Prater isn’t phased. He is in the midst of a 4 fight win streak, the longest streak he has had since 2004.
When asked if he had a message for the folks back in Houston, Prater stated, “Sure. I’m gonna swing for the fences like Bagwell at the Astrodome and throw heaters like Clemens at Minute Maid.” As is normally the case, we can expect Carlo to put on a show.
Carlo wanted to thank everyone in Houston who is giving him support, and predicts it will be “one hell of a fight”.
We wish Carlo every success this weekend at UFC 142.