Prangley strikes gold, Lashley wins at MFC 21
A five-round battle in the Maximum Fighting Championships on Friday night resulted in a new light heavyweight champion as American Kickboxing Academy fighter
After looking somewhat gassed early on, Prangley battled back and used superior striking to outwork Newton for the remainder of the fight. The end of the fight gave the most exciting moment as Prangley threw a haymaker kick that connected flush to Newton's jaw, sending him flopping to the mat. The South African then fell down himself, dealing with a foot injury that he sustained in the second round and was aggravated by the head kick.
Now the MFC light heavyweight champion, Prangley expressed that he has no problem giving the former titleholder another shot after a very close battle between the two warriors.
"[I] feel bad taking the belt from him in a fight that was that close," Prangley said after the win. "I think he deserves another chance. I'm willing to, but ultimately it's not up to me."
Cook entered the ring wearing a traditional Mexican lucha libre mask, obviously making reference to Lashley's professional wrestling roots, but the jab did him no favors as his opponent would not shake hands before the action started. Almost as soon as the fight began, it was over. Lashley locked his arm around Cook's neck, choking him out while sprawling away from his opponent, and just like that the fight was over.
"I'm here for business. Everybody comes out there with this [pro] wrestling thing, and tries to make fun of the wrestling thing. I'm real, and I'm coming out here to fight," Lashley said after his third professional MMA win. "If they don't want to fight me, they can play around. If they play around, I'm going to knock them out or choke them out. And that's what I did today. Choked him out, made him pay. Now, he can go put back on the mask and have fun with himself."
Lashley will benefit from the quick fight, as he turns around and looks towards his June 27 showdown with former Pride heavyweight
"I'm just going to keep going, keep the competition rolling, keep the fights going," Lashley commented about his fight future. "That's what I want to do."
Just a few strikes seemed to separate light heavyweights
Galbraith, a former EliteXC and Pride fighter, will now make his move to the middleweight division for the MFC as he announced on Friday night.
Picking up his 10th win in a row,
Former UFC competitor