God blessed me with a great chin," Prangley told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following the win in Amarillo, Texas. "I can take a lot of punishment. That hook didn't hurt. That one I was like, 'Alright, this is on now.'
"Anybody who knows me knows when I'm in the fight, I kind of like getting hit like that. I saw him look at me like, 'What the hell are you still doing here?' That's why I smiled."
From there, Prangley seemed to swell with confidence as he elected to stand and bang with "The Dean of Mean" in a fight many thought would hit the deck. Instead, the only real efforts to move the fight to the floor came from Jardine, and he wound up paying a price by catching a knee in the opening round and winding up in bottom position.
"I think the key to victory and what I haven't been doing in my last couple of fights is committing to my standup," Prangley said. "I've always said I've got good standup, but I never show it. I'm always waiting, waiting, waiting. The first two rounds, I was more offensive and good at countering.
"I knew he was going to come hard. I think what changed the whole tide of the fight was that first takedown. He tried to shoot on me, and I managed to catch him with a knee and cut him, and I think that was changed the tide of the fight. I don't know if he as expecting that. I sure wasn't expecting that. I was ready to go out there and just bang it out for a few rounds. I wasn't expecting the takedown, but I'm glad he shot it."
Prangley said he respects Jardine's grappling perhaps more than most, and he never intended to look for an early takedown.
"I know Keith is an underrated wrestler," Prangley said. "He's got great wrestling skills. I've watched a lot of his fights, and he's not easy to take down.
"I knew I wasn't going to shoot in the first round. I was surprised when he shot, and I think it was the knee that allowed me to capitalize and get the takedown."
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