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DWCS Season 7, Week 4 Recap: Carlos Prates Dominates with Epic Walkoff KO on Three-Contract Evening

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Carlos Prates burst onto the scene in grand fashion during his first-ever high-profile bout.

At 30, the welterweight sensation was the main event in an evening that saw three fighters earn UFC contracts. His jaw-dropping, second-round knockout of Mitch Ramirez was the talk of the town at this week’s Dana White’s Contender Series, held at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas.

Displaying sniper-like precision, Prates (17-6) gave Ramirez (7-1) a lesson in striking. From the get-go, Prates unleashed an arsenal of meticulous punches and kicks, landing whatever he wished with an eerie accuracy. Straight lefts, head kicks, and knees up the middle were all on the menu as he gradually wore down Ramirez. Just 74 seconds into the second round, Prates delivered the final blow—a clean left-hand knockout—that had commentators likening him to UFC icon Anderson Silva. Dana White couldn’t help but agree.

Prates declared post-match, “I let Dana know, I’m not just here to participate; I’m here to become the new welterweight sensation. I’ve got the gift of gab, I know how to win, and I can knock anyone out. And you better believe, that’s exactly what I plan on doing.”

The evening also saw some other standout performers like former JUCO national wrestling champ Thomas Peterson (8-1), who steamrolled through TUF 30 heavyweight Chandler Cole (10-4). Peterson showcased his wrestling pedigree, dominating the early exchanges with relentless elbows and punches after effortlessly taking Cole down. He doubled down in Round 2 with a swift takedown, twisting Cole into a torturous kimura lock that left Cole tapping out at 1:08, thus securing his own ticket to the UFC heavyweight division.

Kicking off the night was Belgium’s Bolaji Oki (8-1), who sent shockwaves through the arena with a stunning first-round KO against Dylan Salvador (5-2). Unfazed by Salvador’s storied kickboxing history, Oki unleashed a furious assault, ending the fight with a brutal sequence of punches, punctuated by a lethal body shot.

The clock stopped at 2:46 of Round 1. Talk about setting the tone for the night!

In the night’s co-feature, Brazilian middleweight Marco Tulio (10-1) may not have had Yousri Belgaroui’s (5-3) kickboxing credentials, but he proved that didn’t matter. Though Belgaroui had faced titans like Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira in his career, Tulio turned heads by dropping bombs on the 6-foot-5 middleweight, even knocking his mouthpiece out several times. Despite his spirited performance, Tulio couldn’t quite do enough to impress Dana White for a UFC contract.

Completing the fight card was Timothy Cuamba (7-1), the youngest competitor of the night at 24. He pulled off a razor-thin unanimous decision win over Mateo Vogel (8-3). Cuamba showcased his striking abilities, especially with a vicious left body shot followed by a right hook, while Vogel had his moments in Round 3 with a slick takedown and ground control. Yet in the end, it was Cuamba who edged out with 29-28 scores across the board. Dana White complimented Cuamba’s promise but felt he was not quite UFC-ready yet.

Here’s your complete rundown for DWCS Season 7, Week 4:

  • Carlos Prates knocked out Mitch Ramirez with a punch at 1:14 of Round 2.
  • Marco Tulio defeated Yousri Belgaroui via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Timothy Cuamba won against Mateo Vogel by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Thomas Peterson submitted Chandler Cole with a kimura at 1:08 of Round 2.
  • Bolaji Oki took down Dylan Salvador via TKO (strikes) at 2:46 of Round 1.

So there you have it, folks! A night filled with knockouts, submissions, and a smorgasbord of fighting styles that would make any martial arts aficionado geek out. Until next week, keep your gloves up and your chins down!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about DWCS Season 7, Week 4 Recap

What was the highlight of DWCS Season 7, Week 4?

The highlight of the evening was Carlos Prates’ stunning second-round knockout against Mitch Ramirez. This performance drew comparisons to UFC legend Anderson Silva and made Prates the talk of the event.

Who were the other contract winners of the night?

Besides Carlos Prates, Thomas Peterson and Bolaji Oki also secured UFC contracts. Peterson won via a second-round submission against Chandler Cole, and Oki knocked out Dylan Salvador in the first round.

Was anyone denied a UFC contract despite winning?

Yes, Marco Tulio, who won against Yousri Belgaroui via a unanimous decision, was not offered a UFC contract. Dana White felt his performance wasn’t quite convincing enough for the big league.

What happened in the opening bout of the evening?

The opening bout featured Belgian lightweight Bolaji Oki against Dylan Salvador. Oki delivered a spectacular first-round knockout, hurting Salvador with a body shot and finishing him off with a series of punches.

Who was the youngest fighter on the card and how did they perform?

The youngest fighter on the card was 24-year-old Timothy Cuamba. He won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Mateo Vogel. Although Dana White praised Cuamba’s potential, he felt that Cuamba was not yet ready for the UFC.

What fighting styles were on display during the event?

The event showcased a variety of fighting styles including striking, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu. From Carlos Prates’ sniper-like striking to Thomas Peterson’s wrestling and submission skills, the night had something for every martial arts aficionado.

Where did the event take place?

The event was held at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas.

What’s next for Carlos Prates after this win?

Carlos Prates made it clear after the fight that he is aiming to be the new welterweight star in the UFC. Given his impressive performance, he’s certainly a fighter to watch in upcoming events.

More about DWCS Season 7, Week 4 Recap

  • Official DWCS Website
  • UFC APEX Facility Overview
  • Carlos Prates Fighter Profile
  • Dana White’s Post-Event Interview
  • Thomas Peterson’s Wrestling Highlights
  • Bolaji Oki’s Previous Fights
  • Marco Tulio vs. Yousri Belgaroui Full Fight
  • Timothy Cuamba’s Fighting Record

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8 comments

NostalgicNeil August 30, 2023 - 2:40 am

Ah, to be compared to Anderson Silva on your big debut? Carlos, you’ve set the bar really high, buddy. No pressure.

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TheStriker August 30, 2023 - 3:32 am

Prates’s striking game is next level. Seriously, those knees and kicks were brutal.

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GrapplerGeek August 30, 2023 - 4:20 am

Peterson and his ground game stole my heart. Looking frward to more submissions from this guy.

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MMA_Junkie August 30, 2023 - 9:28 am

Oki’s KO was epic, but let’s not sleep on Timothy Cuamba. The kid’s young and has got potential.

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SkepticalSam August 30, 2023 - 11:52 am

marco Tulio won and still no contract? C’mon Dana, what more does the guy have to do?

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WrestlingGuru August 30, 2023 - 1:16 pm

Thomas Peterson reppin’ the wrestlers out there. That kimura was sick! Can’t wait to see him in the UFC.

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JustChillin22 August 31, 2023 - 1:56 am

what’s with the UFC APEX man? I miss the days of jam-packed arenas and roaring crowds. But hey, fights are fights.

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FightFanatic87 August 31, 2023 - 2:35 am

Man, Carlos Prates is a beast! That knockout was like something straight outta a movie. Silva who?

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