Prangley Decisions Jardine at Shark Fights 13

Shark Fights 13 was hosted by the Amarillo Civic Center.

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Trevor Prangley Hands Keith Jardine Fifth Straight Loss

Amarillo, Texas (Saturday, September 11, 2010) – Light heavyweight Trevor Prangley (23-6-1) was able to hold off former UFC veteran Keith Jardine (15-9-1) tonight at Shark Fights 13 at the Amarillo Civic Center, taking a split decision victory. The loss is the fifth in a row for Jardine, while Prangley extends a streak that has seen him drop just two matches over his last 15 fights.

“He’s unorthodox, you know?” Prangley said of Jardine. “I took some punishment in that first and second round. I know he’s got some great cardio work. That was my game plan.”

Coming into the bout, the South African Mixed Martial Artist was not so certain of what his strategy would be.

“Everybody (was asking) ‘what is your game plan?’” he stated at the end of the night. “I was like ‘dude, I got no idea what to do against this guy. I just want to win the first two rounds, and hopefully I’ll have enough to finish and win the third.’ I didn’t, but I still managed to pull off the victory.”

Prangley looked rather impressive in the opening round of this bout after overcoming a series of kicks from Jardine. After Jardine then tried to shoot on him, Prangley delivered a damaging knee to stop his opponent’s charge. The action then went to the clinch where Prangley was able to land a couple of uppercuts, and he then opened a big cut over the left eye of his opponent after following up a knee to the body with a huge knee to the face. Jardine was next hip tossed to the floor and looked to work an arm bar, but his advance was dismissed by his South African counterpart. While in side control, Prangley landed a series of knees and elbows, again dismissing a submission attempt from Jardine. When the first frame came to a close, Jardine landed a right hook, but Prangley quickly shook off the strike.

The next two stanzas were fought predominately from the stand-up position. Jardine looked to lead with his jab at the start of the second frame, while also looking to cut the ring on his opponent. When the UFC veteran tried to close in with a quick flurry, Prangley repeatedly responded with some combinations of his own. In what was a rather slow round, Prangley did drop Jardine around the two-minute mark with a big right hand. When the frame came to a close, the duo was pressed onto the cage while both were looking for an advantage.

Jardine came into the third stanza knowing that he would need a knockout to take the victory. He tossed a series of jabs while sitting on a big right hand, but Prangley was able to withstand the advances and throw some countering punches. Jardine attempted to land a few overhead left hooks after striking with hard kicks, but his opposition was able to defend the tries quite well. Jardine did land a couple of big rights when this match went into its final minute, but Prangley offered up a big smile in response. When the bout approached the 30-second mark, the two fighters unloaded some heavy exchanges with Jardine closing the round with another couple of tough knees.

When the judges’ score cards were then revealed, Prangley emerged victorious after compiling a split decision win with counts of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.

“The biggest one of my career,” Prangley said of the victory. “For one, moving up a weight class. You know, everybody knows I’m normally an 85-pounder, and to fight a guy of his caliber, great fighter. He stood there, and he ate everything I had to give him. And there was a couple of times when he buckled a little bit, and I was like ‘yeah, it’s over,’ but man, he just kept coming back. I just couldn’t kill the guy.”

In other action tonight, UFC veteran Houston Alexander (11-6) struck out Rameau Thierry Sokoudjo (9-7) at 1:31 of the second round, and former UFC fighter Paul Daley (25-9-2) defeated Jorge Masvidal (20-6) by unanimous decision.

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