by Damon Martin
Fighting out of the American Kickboxing Academy, South African fighter Trevor Prangley makes his return to the octagon for the first time since submitting Curtis Stout by neck crank at UFC 48. Prangley, who was originally slated to face off against Cesar Gracie student and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stand out, David Terrell, will now instead take on another Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in Travis Lutter.
Prangley is a veteran of mixed martial arts and will come into this fight with an impressive 10-2 record. The South African fighter has been mentioned a few different times as a possible opponent of other 185lb fighters throughout the UFC, but now he is set to make his return and hopes to make it a successful one. Prangley holds wins over some very tough opponents including Team Quest member Chael Sonnen and Russian fighter, Andrei Semenov. He will be bringing the support of the American Kickboxing Academy, which is becoming one of the top camps in all of MMA.
One of Prangley’s toughest fights to date was in the IFC Global Domination tournament in 2003 when he lost a decision to the eventual winner and UFC veteran, Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Now Prangley will come back to the UFC where he is stepping into possibly the top division in the entire company.
Travis Lutter who is now a member of the reformed Lion’s Den will be making his third appearance inside the octagon and his task at hand with Prangley is not an easy match to take on a few weeks notice. Lutter made a good impression with the UFC when he was able to prove that he is more than a ground fighter when he landed a punch to knockout Marvin Eastman at UFC 50. Lutter brings a very good ground game, as he is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Carlos Machado. The Texas native was given an extremely hard fight for his second time in the UFC when he was matched up with perennial number one contender, Matt Lindland.
Although the fight wasn’t horribly exciting, Lindland controlled the pace throughout and managed to sink in a guillotine choke and submit the jiu-jitsu expert, handing Lutter his first loss in the octagon. Lutter will be attempting to forge a career in the UFC and winning in impressive fashion is the very best way to do that very thing.
This fight is being looked at as possibly a very lackluster match-up of two fighters who will most likely use stall tactics to work their way through the fight. The problem is that both guys have to have seen what happens to fighters in the UFC when they don’t perform up to the level that Dana White and the powers that be want them to. Both of these guys are undercard fighters who can only hope that a highlight reel performance lands them some airtime during the pay per view.
Prangley is a good all around fighter and coming from American Kickboxing Academy he should step in with a very solid base from which to stand on. Knowing that he is taking on a ground fighter, Prangley will more than likely try to keep the fight standing, although he’s not a bad fighter on the ground either. Lutter is much of an enigma because when he fought a striker like Marvin Eastman he didn’t even bother much to go for takedowns and when Lindland took him down he looked very uncomfortable fighting from his back, something most Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experts relish in. One way or another, whoever walks out the victor in this fight, they had better come ready to perform because if they want an invite back, the boss won’t stand for a boring fight.