Canadian MMA talent continues to make its mark on the world MMA scene. With dominate performances in the UFC by many Canadians, it is expected that future talent will emerge from the great white north. One such talent to make his mark in the UFC may be Antonio Carvalho. Antonio who is nicknamed "Pato", has been competing in MMA for the last nine years. He has complied an impressive 13 and 4 record, and was once ranked in the top 10 fighters of the world at 145 pounds. During this time, Antonio was living and competing Japan, but has since returned home to Canada and recently signed a contract with the UFC.
Pato began his MMA career in the MFC in 2001, were he faced fellow Canadian Luke Boutin. The fight wouldn't get out of the first round as Antonio would use his BJJ skills to submit his opponent with a triangle choke at 1:29 into the fight. His next fight would see him face future ultimate fighter competitor Brian Geraghty. The fight would take place in the United States at Freestyle Combat Challenge. Antonio would waste little time and finish the fight 35 seconds into the fight by TKO. Carvalho would go on to finish his next two opponents in the same fashion and improve his record to 4-0. Both of these fights took pace in the province of Quebec in Canada. Antonio's next three fights would also be victories as he went through John Louro, Christian Allen and Tommy Lee.
With an impressive record of 7-0, Pato would venture to the land of the rising sun, and face future Shooto featherweight champion Takeshi Inoue. Pato handed the future champion his first loss with a majority decision win. With this victory, Antonio was gaining some steam in the international MMA scene. Carvalho's next fight would see him return to the Untied States to fight seasoned veteran Jeff Curran. The fight would be Antonio's first loss and his last in the United States. After the loss to Curran, Pato returned to Japan to the Shooto organization and was matched up against Shooto Legend Rumina Sato. Carvalho stopped the Shooto Legend with punches in the second round and again be mentioned as one one of the top 145 pound fighters in the world.
Having relocated to Japan to pursue his career as a MMA athlete, Pato would face four more Japanese opponents before his return to Canada. The first of these fights would be a rematch against Takeshi Inoue. The Japanese fighter got his revenge in the bout and stopped Pato with punches in the first round. This loss would only fuel the competitive fire inside of Antonio as he would prepare for his next fight against top ranked Hatsu Hioki. The fight was a back and forth affair and went the distance. In the end Pato was awarded the split decision and was ranked as one of the top fighters at featherweight in the world. The success that Antonio had in Japan would be short lived as he go on to lose his final two fights in Japan. Future Dream featherweight champion Hirojuki Takaya would stop the canadian fighter with knees and punches, while Yuji Hoshino would go on to take a decision victory over the foreign fighter.
After suffering two losses for the first time in his career, Pato would return to his home land and resume his career as a mixed martial artist. Carvalho's next two fights would take place in the W-1 promotion. He went on to decision American fighter Eddi Fyvie and knock out Costa Rican Juan Barrantes. Antonio would finally get the opportunity to fight in his home province of Ontario at the Score Fighting Series. His opponent would be former UFC competitor Doug Evans. The fight was dominated by Pato and he earned the unanimous decision. With this victory, Pato had caught the eye of the UFC and was awarded a multi fight contract.
His UFC debut was scheduled for UFC 134 against Yuri Alcantara but an injury forced Pato out of the bout. He has since healed up and is scheduled to face Felipe Arantes at UFC 142.
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