While his latest King of the Cage light-heavyweight title defense was not his most difficult, champion Trevor “South African Hammer” Prangley continues to rack up wins and stave off talks of retirement.
Looking back on his Nov. 13 title bout against Richard Blake, Prangley told MMAWeekly.com, “He was a replacement, and it wasn’t a super-tough fight by any means. I don’t know how else to put it.”
The win caps off a year that, while not his busiest, Prangley felt was needed in the grand scheme of things.
“I only fought twice this year, so it wasn’t a real busy year, but it was good,” said Prangley. “I wasn’t real motivated to train and stuff. I needed just a little bit of time off. I think 2014 will be my ‘time off’ year.
“There are definitely different seasons in my life, my style has changed, my training has changed, I’m better in some aspects and not as good in others, but I just take it as it goes.”
Having won 10 of his last 12 bouts and remaining undefeated in KOTC since joining them in 2012, Prangley could very well make a case for himself to return to the national stage again in a promotion like Bellator – where his former Strikeforce boss Scott Coker is in charge – but it’s not his motivating factor in fighting.
“It doesn’t really matter to me where I fight,” said Prangley. “If an offer showed up, I wouldn’t turn it down, but I’m not hounding anyone for it. If it comes, it comes; if not, it’s no biggie.
“I’ve reached the goals that I wanted for my career, so everything that comes now is just the cherry on top. I can retire tomorrow and not feel like I’ve missed anything.”
When talk does turn to retirement, even at 42 years old, Prangley doesn’t see a definite end in sight and feels more than motivated to continue to fight for the time being.
“I guess I have moments of doubt or, as alcoholics call it, a moment of clarity, but every time I want to quit, a couple days later I’m back on it,” he said. “I’ll quit when I know it’s time, but right now doesn’t feel like it’s that time.
“I’m able to compete reasonably well, so I’m thinking one more year, but I don’t know. We’ll see how I feel again in a few more years.”