Entering the UFC with the momentum of a four-fight winning streak at his back, it looked like seasoned veteran Carlo Prater was poised to have a big year. While the 31-year old submission-specialist indeed won in his Octagon unveiling, the victory came in a less-than remarkable away, as opponent Erick Silva was disqualified in the opening minute when he dropped “Neo” before delivering a finishing blow rendering him unable to continue that the referee deemed as being illegally to the back of Prater’s head.

Prater then went on to lose his next two tilts, the most recent of which came last week at UFC on FX 5 where he came up short in a Split Decision against Marcus LeVesseur. The failure to find success in a second straight scrap apparently spelled the end of Prater’s run in the UFC, as MMAOpinion is reporting the organization has decided to part ways with Prater.

The 30-12-1 Prater has sixteen submissions to his credit and owns past wins over the likes of Pat Healy, Melvin Guillard, and Carlos Condit. However, he has struggled with consistency over the past few years, racking up an 8-7 mark in his last fifteen fights.