Former Bellator MMA fighter Rick Hawn will return to action against UFC veteran Carlo Prater. The bout will be part of Titan Fighting Championships 32, which takes place Dec. 19 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass.
Hawn’s signing was widely reported without an opponent. Mass-MMA broke the news of the Prater fight this week.
After an extensive career in judo, Hawn transitioned to MMA in 2009. He won his first eight fights before joining Bellator in 2010. Over the course of his Bellator career, he scored victories over Brent Weedman, Karo Parisyan and former champion Lyman Good. He twice earned title shots after winning tournament brackets, but fell in both championships bouts. In 2013, he challenged Michael Chandler for the lightweight belt but fell via second-round choke. In 2014, he also fell in the second round in his opportunity for the welterweight belt against Douglas Lima.
Prater is a true veteran of the sport having competed professionally since 2002. He has fought for WEC, Strikeforce and the UFC.In 2008, he challenged Carlos Condit for the WEC welterweight title but came up short. Prater has fallen on hard times recently. He has lost four of his last five bouts. In his last outing, he fell to Carlos Diego Ferreira at Legacy FC 20.
In the main event of Titan FC 32, UFC veteran heavyweight Jack May and Jon Madsen will face off.