MMAmania.com has confirmed that Brock Larson and Carlo Prater have signed on to do battle in a welterweight tilt at WEC 35 on August 3, ensuring that the winner gets one step closer to a rematch with reigning 170-pound champion, Carlos Condit.
Prater -- who is one of the few who has actually defeated Condit albeit in an ancient encounter back in 2004 -- made his debut for the Zuffa-owned promotion against the "The Natural Born Killer" at WEC 32 this past February. Condit, however, would avenge his loss in short order, submitting Prater in the first round via guillotine choke.
Since that time, Prater has fought twice outside of the organization, picking up wins over Marcelo Brito and Garett Davis in the UWC and Raw Combat organizations, respectively. He certainly has his sights set on a rubbermatch with Condit, but Larson stands in his way for now.
Larson is coming off a high charged disqualification victory over John Alessio at WEC 33. The fight was stopped after Alessio landed a knee as Larson attempted a takedown. Larson, however, had one knee down as he took the shot, meaning that the blow was illegal.
He suffered a broken jaw as a result of the errant blow. And it added more fuel to the fire between the two rivals. In fact, after the official announcement was made with the result of the bout a melee between the two fighters and their camps broke out.
Larson and Alessio ceratinly have unfinished business. But with the "Natural" now out with a broken arm -- and no longer fighting for the WEC -- Larson has to focus on Prater and then Condit. Somewhere along the way perhaps he will get to settle the score with Alessio.
Again, the winner of this fight could still be next in line to fight Condit possibly later in the year.
Condit will actually be one of three champions also booked to fight at WEC 35, taking on former middleweight Hiromitsu Miura in a co feature fight of the evening. WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Stann and WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner will also compete, as well as several talented up-and-coming fighters such as Micah Miller, Cub Swanson, Damacio page and more.
This is a stacked line up of fights, which is set to go off from "The Joint" at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and air on the Versus network at 9 p.m. ET.