Erick Silva didn’t have to wait very long to hear who he would meet at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes, as the fight organization announced Carlos Prater will be the one to step in for Siyar Bahadurzada.

Bahadurzada was forced out of the planned bout due to an injury suffered in training. This will be the UFC debut for Prater, who has won all four of his fights in 2011 after dropping bouts in WEC to Carlos Condit and Brock Larson.

Silva made a strong UFC debut of his own earlier this year, stopping Luis Ramos by TKO at UFC 134 in the opening minute. Silva is 13-1 with one no-contest in his career.

UFC 142 has experienced several changes in the past few days, as injuries have hit the card hard. So far, the main event of Jose Aldo defending his UFC featherweight title against Chad Mendes, and the co-main event of Vitor Belfort-Anthony Johnson, have gone unaffected. The card is slated for January 14 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Silva-Prater bout was not placed on either the live pay-per-view card or the FX-televised prelims for the evening with a more detailed card likely to come in the next week or two.


MMATraining Take: I’m glad to see Prater get his shot in the UFC even if he’ll be entering hostile territory. He’s consistently a tough draw and has looked great as of late.