Experience can sometimes provide a major advantage for a competitor heading into a fight. Looking to utilize his MMA knowledge, Brazilian lightweight contender Carlo “Neo” Prater is heavily focused on his next big challenge, a headlining bout at Legacy Fighting Championship 20.

Making his professional debut in 2002, Prater has had his share of epic battles. That experience has molded him into the fighter he is today. He has had the opportunity to fight many great fighters in major organizations. He is a former title holder of the WEC welterweight championship. Through it all, the love of combat has been the motivational drive that has kept Prater going for over a decade.

“I love to fight,” Prater told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “I love the actual act of fighting another athlete and breaking him down. It’s very primal for me, personally.”

Prater (R) works for a choke (Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

Of course, this journey has come with its share of ups and downs. He has suffered 13 losses along the way and emerged from a recent stint in the UFC with a 1-2 mark that also sparked the first three-fight skid of his career. Nevertheless for this fearless Brazilian, the wins and losses come with the territory of being in this sport. Each encounter has built a broader understanding for him in his quest to become a better fighter.

“You win some and you lose some,” Prater admitted. “That is the nature of competition. I always take more lessons from my losses than the wins. There are always technical nuances and things to add after watching the fights.”

Continuing the journey, Prater has rejoined the Houston-based Legacy Fighting Championship franchise. Finding himself back in the main event headlining attraction at Legacy FC 20 against Carlos Diego Ferreira, who holds a 6-1 mark as a pro, Prater is extremely excited for the challenge that awaits him on May 31. Confident in his abilities, as well his training for the fight, Prater feels he has a strong mental edge and experience factor that will lead to him getting his hand raised against Ferreira.

“I feel I am better, more experienced and will overwhelm him,” Prater explained. “I take my preparation extremely seriously and look forward to the challenge.”

Looking to dominate the competition, Prater seeks to make a huge statement in the main event at Legacy FC 20. Like every fight in a fighter’s career, this battle is very crucial for Prater. It provides him with a stepping stone in his rise back to the top in the world of mixed martial arts.

Carlo would like to thank his friends, family, trainers, training partners and supporters. In particular, he would like to thank trainer Saul Soliz and the Metro Fight Club in Houston, Lou Savarese and Main Street Boxing in Houston. Cerrado MMA, Distrito da Luta, 2 Brothers and RFT in Brasilia. Proformance Mouthguards and Ammo To Go for all of their support throughout the last three years. His management at Apex Sports Agency. House of Pain and DOM Fight Gear. Follow Prater at @TheONEMMA and check out his website at Carloprater.net

Top Photo: Carlo Prater (Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

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Monta Wiley
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Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.