As he told MMAWeekly.com, “Obviously I’m not happy with the last year, but I’ve had little slumps like this before in my career, and I’ve always been able to rebuild it. I think this is just one of those times that I restart it.”
And it is with that mentality in mind that Prangley heads into the May 6 Super Fight 3 show in New Delhi, India.
Having had adequate time to prepare for his bout against Braga Agaev, Prangley feels he could get the fresh start he needs after a winless year.
“My losses on these last fights have mostly been on short notice,” he said. “I’m not making excuses, those guys are tough, they came prepared and they won, but it’s nice to have good warning and to have a good camp and prepare myself mentally and not panic trying to make weight.
“With me it’s always the conditioning that’s most important. I’m in real good condition for this fight. I didn’t have as hard MMA workouts and was able to focus a lot more on my conditioning, strength, and speed, and I think it will show in the fight.”
Having last held a title in the MFC in 2009, Prangley looks more so to enjoy his remaining time fighting rather than obsessing over collecting belts.
“I’m a realist,” he said. “It’s hard to make a run at a championship when you’re 40 years old. I’ve got a lot of good fights left in me, and I’m just going to enjoy what I have left on my career.
“It could be one year, three years, or five, you never know. I’m not going to worry about it or plan too far ahead. I’m going to plan for this fight and whatever comes up next I’ll plan for that one. I’ve had a good, long career. I’d like to end it on a high note with four or five good wins and bow out the way I feel I deserve to bow out after dedicating so much of my time and life to the sport.”
When asked if he felt he’d even make it this many years in the sport, Prangley replied, “Not really. My goals in the beginning were to fight in the UFC.
“Back then there was so few shows a year, so it was tough to get in. When I got in I did pretty decent and figured I should stick with it.”
Prangley sees his opportunity in SFL as one that could define the latter part of his career, as long as he stays healthy and is able to perform on a high level.
“They’re trying to build a show and when you’re trying to do that, you can’t have different guys all the time, you have to build some heroes over there,” he said. “I think I’ve got the experience and ability to be one of those guys. I think it would be great to end my career on a single show.”