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Trevor Prangley might be the best middleweight you have never heard of.
Much like mixed martial arts veteran and fellow middleweight Yushin Okami, Prangley has spent his entire career in the shadows of more notable middleweights, unable to break the attention barrier and gain popularity outside of the most hardcore fans of the sport. Prangley began his career in 2001 with a first round submission at Bushido 1 and followed up his successful debut with five consecutive wins. The streak was cut short when Renato “Babalu” Sobral defeated Prangley via unanimous decision at IFC: Global Domination. However, Prangley followed up the loss positively, by winning four of his next five fights, which ultimately gained the South African an opportunity to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Prangley made a successful debut with the promotion at UFC 54 with a win against Travis Lutter, who would go on to become the winner of the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter just over a year later. However, Prangley’s time with the UFC took a turn for the worst when he dropped consecutive fights to Jeremy Horn and Chael Sonnen, and was then dropped by the promotion. The release did little to discourage Prangley, who immediately looked for a mighty return to his winning ways. The South African went on an 11-1 tear following the loss and has not looked back.
During this dominant streak that began in 2006, Prangley has submitted five of his opponents and knocked out two, en route to the Shine Fights Middlweight belt, the MFC light heavyweight championship, and the BODOG Fight Middleweight championship. Now at the age of 37, Prangley takes another step forward in his lengthy and successful career, as he returns to the California-based promotion Strikeforce. Prangley is set to do battle this Saturday, Feb. 26, against Karl Amoussa at Strikeforce Challengers from San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California.
The South African not only brings his experience and skill in the sport to the cage this weekend, but he also brings a five fight winning streak. Prangley’s past two victories both came via first round stoppages and another dominant performance and early stoppage certainly would not hurt his chances at gaining the attention that has eluded him the majority of his 27-fight career.
After a career of little attention and hype, Prangley now has an opportunity to introduce himself to the fans of mixed martial arts via a dominant performance this weekend. A victory over Amoussa would be a long-overdue introduction of Prangley to the fans of Strikeforce and the sport of MMA.
But you know what they say, better late than never.