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Welterweight prospect, Siyar Bahadurzada was one of several casualties that bowed out of the UFC 142 card today due to injury, but the UFC has now found a replacement for Bahadurzada to face blue-chip Brazilian, Erick Silva on the Rio card. The UFC's Brazil office tweeted that veteran fighter, Carlo Prater, has gotten the call and will make his UFC debut on the January 14th card against Silva:
Over his nine-year pro career, Prater has faced some tough competition while bouncing back and forth between lightweiht and welterweight, and he holds notable career victories over Melvin Guillard, Carlos Condit, Spencer Fisher, and Pat Healy among others. Although Prater is a Brazilian native, he has called Texas home for many years, spending a lot of time training with Yves Edwards, and fighting often on the regional scene there. Most recently, Prater finds himself riding a four-fight winning streak and finishing all four of those fights by submission.
It's unclear whether Silva vs. Prater will remain on the PPV main card, but we'll update you when the UFC 142 lineup is finalized.
Carlo "Neo" Prater (29-10-1)
W Gleristone Santos (submission - arm triangle choke) - Capital Fight 4
W Cameron Dollar (submission - kimura) - Legacy FC 7
W Henrique Mello (submission - RNC) - International Fighter Championship