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Trevor Prangley (born 24 August 1972) is a South African mixed martial artist. He has fought in the UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator, Dream, King of the Cage, MFC, the SFL, Shark Fights, and Bodog Fight. He competed in the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions. He was the former King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champion, the former Shark Fights Light Heavyweight Champion, and the former MFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

Trevor Prangley
Trevor Prangley MMA Fighter.jpg
Born (1972-08-24) 24 August 1972 (age 47)
Cape Town, South Africa
Other namesThe Fighting Pride Of South Africa
The South African Hammer
ResidenceCoeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
NationalitySouth African
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight202.75 lb (91.97 kg; 14.482 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach76.0 in (193 cm)
Fighting out ofCoeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
TeamAmerican Kickboxing Academy
Years active2001 - Present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission14
By decision12
By knockout5
By submission3
By decision3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1972, Prangley grew up on a small farm tending horses, sheep, and chickens with his mother, father, brother, and sister. When Trevor was only 4 years old, his father asked him if he wanted to sign-up for wrestling classes at a local club. He didn't know it then, but that was the beginning of a long career in wrestling.

Trevor wrestled throughout his youth in South Africa. He won numerous regional and provincial titles and at age 23 captured the national title. This brought him close to his goal of making the South African Olympic team, but he lost the qualifying match in overtime and had to settle for alternate status. Disappointed and dissatisfied with the level of training he was receiving, Trevor decided to go to the United States to further his Olympic dreams.

He left his family behind and headed to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. His hope was to make the lineup and secure a scholarship at North Idaho College (NIC), a local community college. This gamble paid off. Trevor received All-American status both years at NIC. Unfortunately, during the final match of his second year while ahead on points, Trevor tore his ACL and placed runner up. Frustrated that his eligibility was gone and he had not reached his goal of becoming a national champion, Trevor considered returning home to South Africa. Those thoughts soon disappeared as he began to receive numerous scholarship offers to continue wrestling at four-year schools. He was now motivated to begin aggressive rehab.

Despite doctor's predictions that it would be nine months before being able to wrestle again, Trevor found a local Jiu-Jitsu school and began to train. Jiu-Jitsu enabled him to stay in shape and still have something to compete in while recovering. Just six months later, in 1998, he had his first amateur mixed martial arts fight. Even though he lost this fight to decision, he realized that mixed martial arts was the sport for him. He canceled his plans to resume college wrestling and went on a 19 fight winning streak before turning pro in 2001.

Early careerEdit

His pro-career started as a Light Heavyweight at 205 pounds. He achieved six straight wins before fighting Renato Sobral, his toughest fight to date. It was losing this fight that made Trevor decided to move to middleweight 185 lbs. He decided to drop to a middleweight where he could feel more comfortable and strong. This proved to be a good decision. Trevor won his first fight at 185 pounds over Andrei Semenov of Russia and secured a fight in the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

He made his debut in the UFC at UFC 48, defeating Curtis Stout by submission. He is currently 2-2 in the organization, including a close decision loss to Jeremy Horn at UFC 56. Prangley then went on to lose to Chael Sonnen at Ultimate Fight Night 4.


Leaving the UFC, Prangley then fought for several organizations, including Bodog Fight, where he qualified for the USA vs. Russia card on the reality show, and defeated Andrei Seminov for a second time at the event.

Prangley defeated Yuki Kondo at BodogFIGHT: Alvarez vs. Lee via TKO (doctor stoppage) following the conclusion of the second round to win the Bodog Fight Middleweight Title.


He has fought several times for Strikeforce, which included competing in the Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives middleweight tournament. He won a decision victory over Falaniko Vitale in the first round of the tournament, but lost to Jorge Santiago in the finals.[1]

Prangley fought Tim Kennedy on 16 June 2010 at Strikeforce: Los Angeles.[2] and lost by submission (rear naked choke).

After this, he faced Keith Jardine in a non-title bout at Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley. He won via split decision.[3]

On 29 January he fought in Strikeforce again and lost by a rear naked choke from Roger Gracie in the first round.

Shark fightsEdit

In between his time with Strikeforce Prangley competed for the Shark Fights organization and won the Light Heavyweight Championship by defeating Marcus Sursa on 28 November 2009 at Shark Fights 7.

He later fought in the main event of the Shark Fights 13 card by defeating Keith Jardine in a non-title fight on 11 September 2010.


Prangley made his Bellator debut at Bellator 58, against Hector Lombard at the catch weight of 195. In this non-title affair, Prangley lost to Lombard via TKO in the second round.

Super Fight LeagueEdit

He next compete at India's Super Fight League's third event, SFL 3, against Baga Agaev.[4] He won via third round KO. He was expected to face Sokoudjou at SFL 5 in the main event.[5]

King of the CageEdit

Prangley fought Tony Lopez for the vacant KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship at KOTC: Vigilante. The fight was stopped in the fourth round after Lopez landed an illegal knee to Prangley's head and Prangley could not continue even after the 5 minutes allowed to recover. The bout then went to a technical decision where the judges scored a Majority Decision victory for Prangley.[6]

Prangley made his fourth title defense when he faced Jared Torgeson at KOTC: Double Impact on 4 October 2013. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[7]

In his fifth title defense, Prangley faced Jared Torgeson in a rematch at KOTC: Steadfast on 14 August 2014. Prangley won via KO in the first round.[8]

In his sixth title defense, Prangley faced Richard Blake at KOTC: Tactical Strike on 13 November 2014. He successfully defended his title, winning by submission early in the first round.[citation needed]

Other promotionsEdit

Filling in for an injured Mike Kyle, Prangley faced Maxim Grishin at Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 17 on 30 September 2014.[9] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Personal lifeEdit

Trevor and his wife have a son.[10]

Achievements and TitlesEdit


  • NJCAA Division 1 Wrestler
  • 2x All-American
  • NJCAA National Runner-Up
  • South African National Champion

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
47 matches 34 wins 11 losses
By knockout 8 5
By submission 14 3
By decision 12 3
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 34–11–2 Mike Hayes Draw (split) King of the Cage: Awakening 4 June 2015 3 5:00 Worley, Idaho, United States Heavyweight bout
Win 34–11–1 Richard Blake Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC: Tactical Strike 13 November 2014 1 2:07 Worley, Idaho, United States Defended KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship
Loss 33–11–1 Maxim Grishin TKO (punches) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 17 30 September 2014 2 2:56 Moscow, Russia
Win 33–10–1 Jared Torgeson KO (punches) KOTC: Steadfast 14 August 2014 1 1:07 Worley, Idaho, United States Defended KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 32–10–1 Jared Torgeson Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Double Impact 4 October 2013 5 5:00 Worley, Idaho, United States Defended KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship
Loss 31–10–1 Vyacheslav Vasilevsky TKO (punches) League s-70: Plotforma S -70 18 August 2013 3 2:32 Sochi, Russia
Win 31–9–1 Tony Lopez Submission (armbar) KOTC: It's Personal 13 June 2013 2 3:41 Worley, Idaho, United States Defended KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 30–9–1 Dan Molina Submission (kimura) KOTC: Fighting Legends 13 April 2013 3 2:06 Oroville, California, United States Defended KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 29–9–1 Brandon Anderson Submission (kimura) KOTC: Free Fall 2 22 February 2013 1 2:54 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States Defended KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 28–9–1 Tony Lopez Technical Decision (majority) KOTC: Vigilante 20 December 2012 4 1:10 Highland, California, United States Won the vacant KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship. Illegal knee from Lopez stopped the fight.
Win 27–9–1 Mike Cook TKO (doctor stoppage) KOTC: Breaking Point 23 August 2012 1 5:00 Worley, Idaho, United States 215 lb catchweight bout.
Win 26–9–1 George Stork Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Wild Card 17 May 2012 3 2:42 Worley, Idaho, United States
Win 25–9–1 Baga Agaev KO (punches) Super Fight League 3 6 May 2012 3 2:03 New Delhi, Delhi, India Fight of The Night, 195 lb catchweight bout.
Loss 24–9–1 Hector Lombard TKO (punches) Bellator 58 19 November 2011 2 1:06 Hollywood, Florida, United States 195 lb catchweight bout.
Win 24–8–1 Tony King KO (punch) North Idaho Fight Night 17 September 2011 1 0:37 Idaho, United States
Loss 23–8–1 Tatsuya Mizuno KO (knee to the body) Dream: Japan GP Final 16 July 2011 1 4:41 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 23–7–1 Roger Gracie Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg 29 January 2011 1 4:19 San Jose, California, United States
Win 23–6–1 Keith Jardine Decision (split) Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs Prangley 11 September 2010 3 5:00 Amarillo, Texas, United States Non-Title Fight. Return to Light Heavyweight
Loss 22–6–1 Tim Kennedy Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Los Angeles 16 June 2010 1 3:35 Los Angeles, California, United States
Draw 22–5–1 Karl Amoussou Technical Draw Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi 26 February 2010 1 4:14 San Jose, California, United States Accidental Eye Poke. Amoussou elected to have the fight stopped. Middleweight bout
Win 22–5 Marcus Sursa Submission (rear-naked choke) Shark Fights 7: Sursa vs Prangley 28 November 2009 1 4:40 Amarillo, Texas, United States Won Shark Fights Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 21–5 Dennis Reed KO (punch) Arena Rumble: Horn vs. Guida 12 September 2009 1 0:20 Spokane, Washington, United States
Win 20–5 Emanuel Newton Decision (unanimous) MFC 21 15 May 2009 5 5:00 Enoch, Alberta, Canada Won MFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 19–5 Isidro Gonzalez Submission (rear-naked choke) Professional Fighting Association: Champion vs. Champion 27 March 2009 1 3:41 Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, United States
Win 18–5 Anthony Ruiz Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: At The Mansion II 20 September 2008 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States Light Heavyweight bout
Loss 17–5 Jorge Santiago KO (knee to the body) Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives 16 November 2007 1 2:31 San Jose, California, United States
Win 17–4 Falaniko Vitale Decision (referee decision) Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives 16 November 2007 2 2:12 San Jose, California, United States Fight stopped by unintentional eye-poke on Vitale; fight was a draw; referee declares Prangley the winner.
Win 16–4 Yuki Kondo TKO (doctor stoppage) BodogFight: Alvarez vs Lee 14 July 2007 2 5:00 Trenton, New Jersey, United States Won BodogFight Middleweight Championship
Win 15–4 Pierre Guillet Submission (rear-naked choke) BodogFight: Costa Rica 17 February 2007 1 1:50 Costa Rica
Win 14–4 Andrei Semenov Decision (unanimous) BodogFight: USA vs Russia 2 December 2006 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 13–4 Anthony Ruiz Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello 7 October 2006 1 4:42 Fresno, California, United States Light Heavyweight bout
Win 12–4 Kyacey Uscola Submission (arm-triangle) BodogFight: Costa Rica 22 August 2006 2 0:35 Costa Rica
Loss 11–4 Chael Sonnen Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 4 6 April 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3 Jeremy Horn Decision (unanimous) UFC 56 19 November 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 Travis Lutter Decision (unanimous) UFC 54 20 August 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Matt Horwich Decision (unanimous) SportFight 9: Respect 26 March 2005 3 5:00 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Loss 9–2 Rico Hattingh Submission (triangle choke) African FC: All or Nothing 26 February 2005 3 4:40 Cape Town, South Africa
Win 9–1 Curtis Stout Submission (cobra choke) UFC 48 19 June 2004 2 1:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–1 Andrei Semenov Decision (unanimous) Euphoria: Russia vs USA 13 March 2004 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Middleweight bout
Win 7–1 Shane Schartzer Submission (punches) Kickdown Classic 8 17 January 2004 1 1:31 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 6–1 Renato Sobral Decision (unanimous) International FC: Global Domination 6 September 2003 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 6–0 Chael Sonnen Submission (armbar) Xtreme Fighting Alliance 5: Redemption 25 January 2003 1 2:49 West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Win 5–0 Manny Valera TKO (punches) Cage Fight Monterrey: Ultimate Fighting 26 October 2002 3 N/A Monterrey, Mexico
Win 4–0 Brett Shafer Decision (unanimous) Cage Fight Monterrey: Ultimate Fighting 26 October 2002 3 5:00 Monterrey, Mexico
Win 3–0 Kyle Seals Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Athlete 3: Vengeance 10 August 2002 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 2–0 Darcy Landcaster KO (punches) Gladiators Vale Tudo 10 March 2001 1 N/A Worley, Idaho, United States
Win 1–0 Joe Garcia Submission (kneebar) Bushido 1 18 January 2001 1 N/A Tempe, Arizona, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ " UFC, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) News, Results, Fighting". Sherdog. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Kennedy vs. Prangley at "Strikeforce: Los Angeles" on June 16". Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Prangley Hands Jardine 5th Straight Loss". Sherdog. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "SFL 5 - Super Fight League 5". Sherdog. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Veteran Trevor Prangley Tech Decisions Tony Lopez for KOTC Gold at 'Vigilante'". Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  7. ^ "King of the Cage "Double Impact"- October 4th, 2013 Results". Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  8. ^ "KOTC - Steadfast".
  9. ^ "Maxim Grishin vs. Trevor Prangley".
  10. ^ Tom DeFazio. "Full Contact Fighter May 2004 News". Retrieved 12 July 2015.

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