Prangley wins light-heavy belt

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

Emanuel (The Hardcore Kid) Newton's nine-fight winning streak came to an abrupt end last night in the main event of Maximum Fighting Championship 21: Hard Knocks, as the MFC world light-heavyweight belt changed hands at the River Cree Resort and Casino.

Trevor Prangley (20-5), of Cape Town, South Africa, defeated Newton (18-4) in a unanimous decision that came down to the wire. A last-second kick by Prangley caught Newton in the face and sent both fighters to the canvas in pain.

"The fight was a lot closer than what the scorecards said," said Prangley. "It was close. I just with I could have beat him better for his belt."

BACKLASH

Former WWE athlete Bobby Lashley improved his MMA record to 3-0 by making quick work of Mike Cook (7-4) with a 24-second victory via rear-naked chokehold in the co-main event heavyweight superfight.

"I felt him going out, so I just yanked him down and squeezed," said the six-foot-three, 249-pound Lashley, who took offence when Cook sported a Lucha Libre-style pro-wrestling mask as he made his way to the ring.

"Everyone tries to make fun of the wrestling thing," Lashley shrugged. "I'm here for business."

Lashley will face NFLer-turned-fighter Bob (The Beast) Sapp, who is six-foot-four, 340-pounds, at Fight Force International June 27.

Aron (The Poster Boy) Lofton (6-2) took on what he called the toughest opponent of his career in Marvin (The Beastman) Eastman (16-9) in a light heavyweight confrontation to open last night's main card.

As soon as it began, the fight was stopped momentarily by referee Big John McCarthy after the first contact had Lofton's knee finding its way far below the belt of Eastman.

It resumed with clutches and knees until Lofton latched onto an arm. Eastman managed to get free with the help of some kidney shots and followed up with a bodyslam takedown to finish the first round in control.

Round 2 began where the first left off, with another Eastman takedown into his own corner, where Lofton struggled to tie up his opponent's free hand. Eastman followed through with a series of punches and elbows that stopped the fight 59 seconds into the middle frame.

One of the purest fights on the main card featured Edmonton's own Travis (The Gladiator) Galbraith (17-6) against Dustin Heath (11-5), of Tulsa, Olkahoma, who stood toe-to-toe and traded blows, along with a few words of acknowledgement after the hardest shots.

Heath was twice winded by contact below the belt that slowed him noticably - along with a finger to the eye in the final round. The split decision went to Galbraith.

STOOD UP

"I didn't really do the game plan I wanted to do and take him to the ground," said Galbraith, who is known for his jujitsu form and wrestling ability.

"In the first round, I blew the tendon off my thumb and that changed everything. I figured, what the hell, I might as well try to stand with him. This is definitely the kind of guy you make your name against."

Also on the main card, Halifax's Ryan Jimmo (10-1) won his light-heavyweight bout over California's Mychal Clark (8-6) by unanimous decision after three rounds. John Alessio (29-12), of Las Vegas, defeated Calgary's Andrew Buckland (8-4) in the welterweight class in the first round.

GERRY.MODDEJONGE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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