Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004
Becoming A Name
Becoming A Name
By Loretta Hunt
There’s a tried and true rule in mixed martial arts these days: To become a name you have to beat a name. Like other up and coming fighters, Trevor Prangley knows this unwritten guideline all to well, which is why he’s looking at his pending battle with Andrei Semenov with his eyes wide open. The Idaho resident (by way of South Africa) is one of ten "American" representatives that will square off against the visiting Russian Red Devil Sports Club this Saturday for Euphoria Entertainment’s Mixed Martial Arts: Russian Invasion event at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The South African import has amassed a 22-2 overall record stateside in the last six years, and with an impressive performance against Renato "Babalu" Sobral last September at the IFC Global Domination Tournament as his springboard, the Prangley name teeters on the cusp of industry (and fan) notoriety.
A wrestler all his life, Prangley says he made his way to America from Cape town, South Africa in 1996 after earning an alternate’s slot on the South African Olympic freestyle team. The plan was to spend a few years in the States, sharpen his game, then head back home for another shot at Olympic glory. Dates with destiny, however, can not be broken. After wrestling alongside now-UFC lightweight contender Josh "the Punk" Thomson at North Idaho College, Prangley’s day job working on diesel engine performance found him in the Lone Star state. From there, fate pushed a wee bit harder. An interest in the growing force of MMA landed the 6’1" wrestler on the doorstep of some of the sport’s original heroes. As part of Guy Mezger’s Lion’s Den chapter in Texas, Prangley spent over a year training and helped get Tra Telligman in fighting shape for his UFC 43 slugfest with Pedro Rizzo.
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