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Wagner Prado’s UFC dream helped along by Brazilian ‘Pimp My Ride’

Wagner Prado is another young Brazilian who’ll be making his UFC debut this Saturday on the UFC on FOX 4 prelims. How he ended up getting into the promotion is an interesting tale that revolves around his participation in Caldeirão do Huck, the Brazilian equivilant of ‘Pimp My Ride’:

“In addition to renovating my car, they asked me about my dream,” Prado told ( “I told them I wanted to be a successful MMA fighter. I was told to keep on training because I was going to get to meet some high-level fighters.”

Those fighters turned out to be MMA legends. He got a training session with the Nogueira brothers, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Strikeforce’s Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and PRIDE star Ricardo Arona.

“From this session, I was extended a formal invitation to come to Rio de Janeiro, to the Team Nogueira academy, with an endorsement deal,” he said. “I’ve been in Rio ever since. It’s been close to three years. At first I would spend two months in Rio then one month in Campinas. When I first came to Rio, that’s when I first understood how difficult it is to be a professional fighter.”

And thus a new MMA star is born? The entire Caldeirão do Huck show featuring Wagner after the jump.