Trevor Prangley. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.
Veteran Trevor Prangley outlasted defending champion Emanuel Newton to take a five-round unanimous decision and the MFC world light heavyweight championship at MFC 21: Hard Knocks Friday night at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta.
After a weathering an early storm and appearing to be out of gas, Prangley (20-5) picked up the pace after three rounds and began to wear down Newton (11-4-1) with crisper strikes and kicks. By the time the fifth round came around, both of Newton’s eyes were half-closed due to precise shots and the effects of well-placed bodyshots from punches, knees, and kicks had taken their toll on Newton.
The fight’s most compelling moment came with one second remaining in the fifth round as Prangley clipped Newton with a punch combo and then connected point-blank with a crushing high kick that caught Newton square on the chin. Both fighters went down in a heap – Newton from the blast and Prangley from a bruised foot – as referee “Big” John McCarthy jumped in with the horn blowing. The sold-out crowd at The Venue at River Cree gave both fighters a standing ovation for their impressive performances.
Lance Evans. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
MMA on Tap has learned that Canadian light heavyweight prospects Lance Evans and Ryan Jimmo have been selected as contestants for the upcoming eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, which will premiere on September 17th following the airing of UFC Fight Night 15 on Spike TV.
Evans is the younger brother of current UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans, who was the second season’s heavyweight winner close to three years ago. Although Evans is actually American, he’s been perfecting his craft in Quebec-based TKO Championship Fighting as of late, where he has split his last two bouts. After being knocked out by Martin Desilets in September 2005, Evans took a two-year hiatus before returning. He most recently defeated Bob Landry via first-round stoppage at TKO 31 last December.
Jimmo, a training partner of reigning Maximum Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Roger Hollett, is currently riding a six-fight winning streak. He last earned a firs-round TKO win over Jeff Lundburg at an Extreme Cage Combat event in March. Prior to that, Jimmo submitted World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Craig Zellner at MFC 15 in February.
Interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former title holder Frank Mir will serve as coaches on the show. Evans and Jimmo now join Vinicius “Pezao” Magalhaes and Shane Nelson as additional cast members that have been confirmed.