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Michel Prazeres’ wife suffered miscarriage, brother died weeks before UFC Belem

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Michel Prazeres defeated Desmond Green at UFC Belem.
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Michel Prazeres had a troubled month prior to his recent fight with Desmond Green at UFC Belem.

“Trator” came in several pounds overweight for his lightweight clash against Green on Feb. 3, but won via unanimous decision. The Brazilian fighter was ultimately forced to move up to welterweight going forward since it was his third time missing weight in the UFC. This time, however, he had a few things going on in his personal life.

Prazeres didn’t reveal it to the media before or after UFC Belem, but his brother Edson Amaral dos Prazeres was killed in an accident in Belem less than two weeks before the fight.

Michel Prazeres with his wife, Cassia Prazeres, in the hospital.
Photo courtesy of Michel Prazeres

A week before that, his wife Cassia Andrade dos Prazeres had to undergo surgery a second time for curettage after suffering a miscarriage on Jan. 1st.

“I had several problems during this camp,” Prazeres told MMA Fighting. “My wife lost our baby in the fourth month of pregnancy, had to do a curettage when I was going to the UFC hotel on fight week, so I had to go to the hospital with her again.

“My brother… He was not my brother, but we treated him as a brother because he was raised by my parents and lived in our house since I was five years old. My parents took care of him. He died in an accident, when a bus hit him while he was riding a bicycle. It was a very troubling camp for me, and only God knows how my heart was.”

Prazeres wanted to pull out of the fight, however his parents convinced him to go on and compete. They remain “in shock” with everything that happened, he said.

“Trator” won’t use any of that as an excuse for missing weight for UFC Belem, but he admits it affected him “a lot” going into the fight.

The 36-year-old fighter, who currently rides a six-fight winning streak, and won eight of his last nine in the UFC, hopes to make his welterweight debut at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 12.

“I want to fight as soon as possible,” Prazeres said. “I’ll fight whoever they give me.”