Trevor Prangley

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Trevor Prangley
Born (1972-08-24) 24 August 1972 (age 43)
Cape Town, South Africa
Other names The Fighting Pride Of South Africa
The South African Hammer
Residence Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
Nationality South African
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 202.75 lb (91.97 kg; 14.482 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)
Fighting out of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
Team American Kickboxing Academy
Years active 9
Mixed martial arts record
Total 47
Wins 34
By knockout 8
By submission 14
By decision 12
Losses 11
By knockout 5
By submission 3
By decision 3
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Trevor Prangley (born August 24, 1972) is a retired 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.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early life[edit]

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 career[edit]

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 Championship[edit]

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 June 16, 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 January 29 he fought in Strikeforce again and lost by a rear naked choke from Roger Gracie in the first round.

Shark fights[edit]

In between his time with Strikeforce Prangley competed for the Shark Fights organization and won the Light Heavyweight Championship by defeating Marcus Sursa on November 28, 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 September 11, 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 League[edit]

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 Cage[edit]

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 October 4, 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 August 14, 2014. Prangley won via KO in the first round.[8]

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

Other promotions[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

Trevor and his wife have a son.[10]

Achievements and Titles[edit]


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

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • BodogFight
    • BodogFight Middleweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 34–11–2 Mike Hayes Draw (split) King of the Cage: Awakening June 4, 2015 3 5:00 Worley, Idaho, United States Heavyweight bout
Win 34–11–1 Richard Blake Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC: Tactical Strike November 13, 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 September 30, 2014 2 2:56 Moscow, Russia
Win 33–10–1 Jared Torgeson KO (punches) KOTC: Steadfast August 14, 2014 1 1:07 Worley, Idaho, United States Defended KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 32–10–1 Jared Torgeson Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Double Impact October 4, 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 August 18, 2013 3 2:32 Sochi, Russia
Win 31–9–1 Tony Lopez Submission (armbar) KOTC: It's Personal June 13, 2013 2 3:41 Worley, Idaho, United States Defended KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 30–9–1 Dan Molina Submission (kimura) KOTC: Fighting Legends April 13, 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 February 22, 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 December 20, 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 August 23, 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 May 17, 2012 3 2:42 Worley, Idaho, United States
Win 25–9–1 Baga Agaev KO (punches) Super Fight League 3 May 6, 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 November 19, 2011 2 1:06 Hollywood, Florida, United States 195 lb catchweight bout.
Win 24–8–1 Tony King KO (punch) North Idaho Fight Night September 17, 2011 1 0:37 Idaho, United States
Loss 23–8–1 Tatsuya Mizuno KO (knee to the body) Dream: Japan GP Final July 16, 2011 1 4:41 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 23–7–1 Roger Gracie Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg January 29, 2011 1 4:19 San Jose, California, United States
Win 23–6–1 Keith Jardine Decision (split) Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs Prangley September 11, 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 June 16, 2010 1 3:35 Los Angeles, California, United States
Draw 22–5–1 Karl Amoussou Technical Draw Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi February 26, 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 November 28, 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 September 12, 2009 1 0:20 Spokane, Washington, United States
Win 20–5 Emanuel Newton Decision (unanimous) MFC 21 May 15, 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 March 27, 2009 1 3:41 Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, United States
Win 18–5 Anthony Ruiz Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: At The Mansion II September 20, 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 November 16, 2007 1 2:31 San Jose, California, United States
Win 17–4 Falaniko Vitale Decision (referee decision) Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives November 16, 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 July 14, 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 February 17, 2007 1 1:50 Costa Rica
Win 14–4 Andrei Semenov Decision (unanimous) BodogFight: USA vs Russia December 2, 2006 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 13–4 Anthony Ruiz Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello October 7, 2006 1 4:42 Fresno, California, United States Light Heavyweight bout
Win 12–4 Kyacey Uscola Submission (arm-triangle) BodogFight: Costa Rica August 22, 2006 2 0:35 Costa Rica
Loss 11–4 Chael Sonnen Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 4 April 6, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3 Jeremy Horn Decision (unanimous) UFC 56 November 19, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 Travis Lutter Decision (unanimous) UFC 54 August 20, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Matt Horwich Decision (unanimous) SportFight 9: Respect March 26, 2005 3 5:00 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Loss 9–2 Rico Hattingh Submission (triangle choke) African FC: All or Nothing February 26, 2005 3 4:40 Cape Town, South Africa
Win 9–1 Curtis Stout Submission (cobra choke) UFC 48 June 19, 2004 2 1:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–1 Andrei Semenov Decision (unanimous) Euphoria: Russia vs USA March 13, 2004 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Middleweight bout
Win 7–1 Shane Schartzer Submission (punches) Kickdown Classic 8 January 17, 2004 1 1:31 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 6–1 Renato Sobral Decision (unanimous) International FC: Global Domination September 6, 2003 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 6–0 Chael Sonnen Submission (armbar) Xtreme Fighting Alliance 5: Redemption January 25, 2003 1 2:49 West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Win 5–0 Manny Valera TKO (punches) Cage Fight Monterrey: Ultimate Fighting October 26, 2002 3 N/A Monterrey, Mexico
Win 4–0 Brett Shafer Decision (unanimous) Cage Fight Monterrey: Ultimate Fighting October 26, 2002 3 5:00 Monterrey, Mexico
Win 3–0 Kyle Seals Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Athlete 3: Vengeance August 10, 2002 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 2–0 Darcy Landcaster KO (punches) Gladiators Vale Tudo March 10, 2001 1 N/A Worley, Idaho, United States
Win 1–0 Joe Garcia Submission (kneebar) Bushido 1 January 18, 2001 1 N/A Tempe, Arizona, United States

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