photo by Dave Mandel, Sherdog.com
Roger Gracie made it look like it was 1994 all over again. After some perfunctory exchanges on the feet, Gracie shot in and got the take down. Then quickly submitted opponent Trevor Prangley with a rear naked choke. Fans who haven't watched MMA in the last decade would recognize the old Gracie style in full effect.
Gracie got Prangley down with about 2:30 left in the first round. Took his back with a little more than one minute left. It didn't take much longer than that.
It took one take down attempt for Gracie to put the fight on the ground and one submission attempt to finish it.
Prangley was a stiff test for Gracie. A formidable wrestler with decent striking and jiu jitsu training, Prangley had recently beaten UFC star Keith Jardine via decision. By beating Trevor Prangley like he was a white belt at a BJJ exhibition Gracie has proven something.
Roger Gracie has announced his arrival as a legitimate threat as a light heavyweight MMA fighter. Widely acknowledged as the best competitive jiu jitsu player of all time, Gracie's submission attack is at a level that makes most MMA black belts look like white belts.