|Born||July 25, 1981|
Belem, Pará, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||69 1⁄2 in (177 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Belém, Pará, Brazil|
|Team||Frankiko Team / Trator Team|
|Rank||2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2000 – present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: December 19, 2013
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Early MMA careerEdit
Prazeres began training MMA at age 12 when he watched his inspiration, Bruce Lee. His MMA career began in 2000, when he won his debut fight by submission. He went on to win his first six fights straight via stoppage. Prazeres built up an undefeated record competing in local and regional promotions across his native Brazil before signing with the UFC in early 2013.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Upon signing with the UFC, Prazeres made his promotional debut as a short notice injury replacement on May 18, 2013 against Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold. Prazeres lost the fight by unanimous decision, giving him his first career loss.
Prazeres faced Mairbek Taisumov on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38, replacing the injured Gleison Tibau. He won the fight by dominant unanimous decision. Taisumov had multiple point deductions and the fight ended up being scored (30-25, 30-25, 30-25) in favor of Prazeres.
Prazeres was expected to face Tony Martin on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20. However, Martin pulled out of the fight in early July citing a neck injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer J.C. Cottrell. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Prazeres faced Josh Burkman on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106. He won the fight via submission in the first round. The win also earned Prazeres his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Prazeres was expected to face Islam Makhachev on September 2, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 115. However, Makhachev pulled out of the fight in mid-August citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Mads Burnell. At the weigh ins, Prazeres missed the lightweight limit of 156 pounds, coming in at 159 pounds. As a result his bout with Mads Burnell was changed to a catchweight and Prazeres was fined 20% of his purse. Prazeres won the fight by submission in the third round.
Prazeres faced Desmond Green on February 3, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 125. At the weigh-ins Prazeres weighed in at 161 pounds, 5 pounds over the lightweight non title fight upper limit of 156 pounds. As a result, the bout proceeded at a catchweight and Prazeres was fined 20 percent of his purse to Green. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Prazeres was scheduled to face Ramazan Emeev at UFC on ESPN+ 3. However, on February 4, 2019 it was reported that Emeev pulled out of the fight, citing injury. He was replaced by newcomer Ismail Naurdiev. Prazeres lost the fight by unanimous decision.
On February 11, 2020, news surfaced that Prazeres tested positive for anabolic agents in two out-of-competition samples on March 9, 2019. Prazeres was handed a two-year ban, making him eligible to return to competition on March 9, 2021.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||26 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||26–3||Ismail Naurdiev||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos||February 23, 2019||3||5:00||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||26–2||Bartosz Fabiński||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio||November 17, 2018||1||1:02||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||25–2||Zak Cummings||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman||May 19, 2018||3||5:00||Santiago, Chile||Return to Welterweight.|
|Win||24–2||Desmond Green||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders||February 3, 2018||3||5:00||Belém, Brazil||Catchweight (161 lbs) bout; Prazeres missed weight.|
|Win||23–2||Mads Burnell||Submission (north-south choke)||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve||September 2, 2017||3||1:26||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Catchweight (159 lbs) bout; Prazeres missed weight.|
|Win||22–2||Josh Burkman||Submission (north-south choke)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum||March 11, 2017||1||1:42||Fortaleza, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||21–2||Gilbert Burns||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg||September 24, 2016||3||5:00||Brasília, Brazil||Catchweight (158 lbs) bout; Prazeres missed weight.|
|Win||20–2||J.C. Cottrell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko||July 23, 2016||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||19–2||Valmir Lázaro||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum||November 21, 2015||3||5:00||Monterrey, Mexico|
|Loss||18–2||Kevin Lee||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch||February 14, 2015||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||18–1||Mairbek Taisumov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2||March 23, 2014||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||17–1||Jesse Ronson||Decision (split)||UFC 165||September 21, 2013||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Lightweight debut.|
|Loss||16–1||Paulo Thiago||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold||May 18, 2013||3||5:00||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Win||16–0||Leandro Batata||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto Brazil 30||June 2, 2012||3||5:00||Belém, Brazil|
|Win||15–0||Sérgio Leal||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Jungle Fight 37||March 31, 2012||1||1:49||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||14–0||André Luis Lobato||Decision (unanimous)||Iron Man Championship 6||June 10, 2010||3||5:00||Belém, Brazil|
|Win||13–0||Antônio Carlos Ribeiro||Submission (triangle choke)||Midway Fight||June 26, 2008||1||N/A||Belém, Brazil|
|Win||12–0||Frederick Samurai||Decision (unanimous)||Mega Champion Fight 2||November 10, 2007||3||5:00||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||11–0||Valter de Menezes||Decision (unanimous)||Predador FC 5 - Kamae||April 21, 2007||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||10–0||Gabriel Santos||Decision (unanimous)||Macapa Verdadeiro Vale Tudo||March 22, 2007||3||5:00||Macapá, Brazil|
|Win||9–0||Anderson Banana||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Predador FC 4 - Kamae||January 25, 2007||1||N/A||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||8–0||Edilson Florêncio||Decision (unanimous)||Midway Fight||October 5, 2006||3||5:00||Belém, Brazil|
|Win||7–0||Ari dos Santos||Decision (unanimous)||Ilha Combat||July 1, 2006||3||5:00||Macapá, Brazil|
|Win||6–0||Luis Neto||Submission (punches)||Iron Man Vale Tudo 7||June 11, 2005||1||4:16||Macapá, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Elias Monteiro||TKO (punches)||Super Vale Tudo Ananindeua||April 14, 2004||1||1:17||Ananindeua, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Cleber Santana||Submission (choke)||Super Vale Tudo Ananindeua||September 12, 2003||2||2:22||Ananindeua, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Rogério Gama||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Desafio de Gigantes||March 21, 2003||1||3:47||Macapá, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Sérgio de Oliveira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Desafio de Gigantes||March 21, 2003||1||2:13||Macapá, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Sandro Lyon||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Open Fight Vale Tudo 2||October 9, 2000||1||3:58||Belém, Brazil|
- "Michel Prazeres - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
- "Michel Prazeres vs. Paulo Thiago official for UFC on FX 8, lineup again complete". mmajunkie.com. May 3, 2013.
- "UFC 165: Jesse Ronson vs. Michel Prazeres booked for Sept. 21 in Toronto with Mark Bocek hurt". mmamania.com. August 23, 2013.
- "UFC 165 results and photos: Michel Prazeres grinds out split vs. Jesse Ronson". mmajunkie.com. September 21, 2013.
- "Gleison Tibau Out of UFC Fight Night 38, Mairbek Taisumov Now Faces Michel Prazeres". mmaweekly.com. February 19, 2014.
- "UFC Fight Night 38 results: Michel Prazeres dominates Mairbek Taisumov for upset". mmajunkie.com. March 23, 2014.
- Jason Floyd (January 1, 2015). "Three fights made official for UFC Fight Night 60". themmareport.com. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
- Damon Martin (2015-02-14). "Kevin Lee pushes past Michel Prazeres for 3rd straight win". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-02-14.
- Staff (2015-08-26). "UFC Fight Night 78 adds Valmir Lazaro vs. Michel Prazeres". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
- Ben Fowlkes (2015-11-21). "UFC Fight Night 78 results: Michel Prazeres gets questionable split call from Valmir Lazaro". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
- Chris Sosa (2016-04-28). "UFC adds lightweight bout to United Center fight card". redeyechicago.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
- Tristen Critchfield (2016-07-12). "UFC on Fox 20 update: Cottrell to make debut vs. Prazeres in Chicago". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-07-23). "UFC on FOX 20 results: Michel Prazeres grinds way to decision win over J.C. Cottrell". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
- Staff (2016-08-04). "Gilbert Burns vs. Michel Prazeres added to UFC Fight Night 95 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
- Steven Marrocco (2016-09-24). "UFC Fight Night 95 results: Michel Prazeres goes to judges again, sweeps Gilbert Burns". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-24.
- Guilherme Cruz (2016-12-29). "Josh Burkman vs. Michel Prazeres added to UFC Fight Night card in Brazil". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
- Ben Fowlkes (2017-03-11). "UFC Fight Night 106 results: Michel Prazeres cruises past Josh Burkman for easy submission". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
- Staff (2017-03-12). "UFC Fight Night 106 bonuses: With no 'Fight of Night,' who took home the 4 performance honors?". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
- Staff (2017-06-30). "Trio of fights set for UFC's return to Rotterdam". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
- "Michel Prazeres meets newcomer Mads Burnell, not Islam Makhachev, at UFC Fight Night 115". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-13. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
- "One Fighter Misses Weight By 3-Pounds At UFC Rotterdam". MMAUNO.COM. 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
- "UFC-Rotterdam results: Michel Prazeres earns north-south choke finish of newcomer Mads Burnell". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
- Max Freedman (2017-12-21). "Belém's own Michel Prazeres gets hometown bout against Des Green". mma-today.com. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
- "UFC Fight Night 125 weigh-ins: Eryk Anders on mark on second try, but two miss (updated)". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
- "UFC Fight Night 125 results: After massive weight miss, Michel Prazeres cruises past Desmond Green". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-04. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
- "UFC encaminha duelo entre Michel Trator e Zak Cummings no Chile, no meio-médio". Sportv (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Michel Prazeres moves up in weight, takes split over Zak Cummings". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- Matheus Costa (2018-09-04). "Michel Tractor faces Bartosz Fabinski at UFC Fight Night 140" (in Portuguese). mmabrasil.com.br. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
- "UFC Argentina results: Michel Prazeres steamrolls Bartosz Fabinski in just 62 seconds". MMAjunkie. 2018-11-18. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
- Oleś, Bartosz (2018-12-26). "Doniesienia: Michel Prazeres vs. Ramazan Emeev dodane na rozpiskę UFC on ESPN+3 w Pradze". InTheCage.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-12-26.
- Marcelo Barone. "Ramazan Emeev deixa o card do UFC Praga, e Michel Trator aguarda novo adversário" (in Breton). sportv. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
- "Ultimate escala Ismail Naurdiev para a luta contra Michel Trator no UFC Praga, dia 23 de fevereiro". Sportv (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-02-07.
- "UFC Prague results: Newcomer Ismail Naurdiev shocks exhausted Michel Prazeres". MMAjunkie. 2019-02-23. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
- Alexander K. Lee (February 11, 2020). "Michel Prazeres accepts two-year USADA sanction after testing positive for anabolic agent". mmafighting.com.
- Sherdog.com. "Michel". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-26.