by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
It seems no matter good happens there is always controversy following a major MMA event. Most recently at this past weekend’s UFC 56 it came in the form of the Trevor Prangley VS Jeremy Horn match where Horn was awarded a unanimous decision victory when most felt it should have gone to Prangley.
Trevor spent most of the fight on top of Horn on the ground, avoiding Jeremy’s dangerous ground game, while conversely giving as good as he got standing, yet all three judges saw it 29-28 in favor of Horn. MMA Weekly was able to catch up with Prangley in Las Vegas following the fight to get his thoughts on what happened and why it was Horn, not Trevor that got the victory.
MMA Weekly: Obviously the first question is what did you think of the decision?
Trevor Prangley: I’m not all that happy with it. I thought it was a close fight, but I definitely feel I pulled it out. It isn’t the UFC’s fault, it isn’t Jeremy’s fault, I don’t blame any of them, but the judges, I don’t know what criteria they were judging on. I think the fault is with the judges, I don’t think the judges are trained (on what to look for).
MMA Weekly: Do you think you were able to execute your gameplan enough to win the fight?
Trevor Prangley: I did, up to the point where I could have capitalized a couple of times on something and maybe didn’t. But regardless of whether I did or didn’t, I did enough to pull off the victory. I mean I believe even Jeremy Horn and his corner may have thought I won the fight, it certainly looked like it.
MMA Weekly: Has there been any thought into petitioning the NSAC to look into the fight and maybe change the ruling?
Trevor Prangley: No, I’m just going to take it and go forward. Everything happens for a reason, so I have to look at it that way.
MMA Weekly: Going into this fight you were the underdog. Do you feel that in this fight you were able to show people what you could do and maybe change people’s minds?
Trevor Prangley: Yeah I did, my last two fights in the UFC one I was out of shape and the other was short notice, so I did what I had to do to win the fights. I held him (Curtis Stout) down for a while until I could get the submission, and with Travis (Lutter) I wanted to show my overall game, but we went to the ground a lot mostly on his accord. I was in shape for the Lutter fight, but I wasn’t able to showcase my stand-up with him. Against Jeremy I finally got the chance to show what I’m about, I think I showed I have good stand-up and have good takedowns and great submission defense. I think I showed I’ve got an all-around game and what I can bring to the table. I think I won a lot of fans and sometimes that’s more important than the victory itself.
MMA Weekly: So what are your plans now for the remainder of the year, are you going to try to fight again or take some time off?
Trevor Prangley: You know, I’ll just wait until next year. I had the Lutter fight and then this one; I had a seven or eight week training camp for both of them, so I’d like to take the rest of the year off. I feel like I lost the decision but won the fight so I’m not so disappointed that I want to get in there and fix whatever I did wrong, I think I did what I had to do.
MMA Weekly: What goals do you have set for yourself for 2006, is there anyone in particular you want to fight?
Trevor Prangley: I just want to get in there and have a fight that will put me in title contention. I believe I beat Jeremy and I believe that would have put me in title contention, but for some reason it was taken away from me and I want to get back there. They’re all tough fights now, so there’s nobody I’d like to fight more than anybody else. Looking at it that way there’s no a guy that I’m gunning for but whoever is going to put me in title contention is who I want.
MMA Weekly: But you definitely feel that you’ll be back with the UFC next year?
Trevor Prangley: I would have to think so, I mean even Zuffa (the ownership company of the UFC) had to know that was a bad call.
MMA Weekly: Thanks for taking the time for this interview Trevor. Is there anything you’d like to say as we close this out?
Trevor Prangley: I want to thank my sponsors, Ameritech Capital, Cobb 28, Sean Monty and Sprall, and Pain Inc. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to train as hard as I did for seven weeks down in California. I want to also make sure to thank the fans for their support afterwards. I felt bad for Jeremy because it wasn’t his fault; the judges called it the way it was. Coming out they were booing for me and chanting for him, and leaving they were cheering for me, so it was nice to see the fans supporting me.