Trevor Prangley was a in a down-beat mood after his fight with Karl Amoussou at Friday’s Strikeforce Challengers event was halted in the opening round after his opponent received an accidental eye-poke, leaving the referee to declare the bout a technical draw.

Despite his own personal disappointment, Prangley’s mood lightened considerably when he talked about his team-mate Luke Rockhold, who went 7-1 at the same event with a first round victory over Paul Bradley.

“I think Luke did great, I’m so super proud of that kid,” the veteran fighter said. “I remember when he first came in, and where he is now…I’m not even talking about his fighting skills, he was always talented, but his attitude and the way he is now as an adult and a fighter is just a great transformation.”

At 25 years of age, and having won all six of his fights in the Strikeforce promotion to date, Rockhold looks like he has the potential to be a serious contender in the middleweight division – something that Prangley wholeheartedly agrees with.

“I’m glad to be a part of that kids career, he’s going to be a great fighter, and he’s got a huge, huge future ahead of him.”

So far Rockhold has been fighting in the Challengers series and in the un-aired prelims for the promotion’s major events, but I think it’s about time for them to put him on the main card of one of their Showtime events against a decent opponent.

I’d much rather see an up and coming talent like him get the opportunity rather than someone likeHerschel Walker for instance.

As for Prangley, he states that he want’s to fight again as soon as possible, either in a rematch with Amoussou, or whoever else Strikeforce may put in front of him.