Coming off the biggest win of his career, Lorenz
Larkin is in for another challenge April 20 when he makes his
UFC debut at
UFC on Fox 7 against Francis
“Evidently I came in with something since they put me against
Carmont,” Larkin told the
Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “To me, he’s one of
the top prospects in the UFC. … He’s on a four-fight win streak in
the UFC. That says enough in itself.”
Carmont has not lost since 2008. The French middleweight edged
Lawlor via split decision last November in his most recent
bout, and he also holds UFC wins over Karlos
Cedenblad and Chris
Larkin has been building an impressive resume himself, though.
Undefeated, his 13 wins include a unanimous decision over Robbie
Lawler last July in Strikeforce.
“I always look at it like this: Before I got to Strikeforce, I was
a nobody,” Larkin said. “Nobody knew me. I was just that guy that
filled in somebody else’s spot. I was expected to lose, and then
from there I almost had a title shot in Strikeforce.”
Because Strikeforce shut down, however, Larkin is instead making
the move to the UFC. Against Carmont, he’ll have an opportunity to
establish himself in the promotion’s 185-pound division.
“To beat anybody that’s on a four-fight winning streak, in your
first fight in the UFC, is a big deal in my eyes,” Larkin said.
The 26-year-old attended UFC 157, which featured Ronda
Rousey’s submission win over Liz
Carmouche, and got a feel for how a UFC event differs from
Strikeforce. The transition hasn’t quite hit him yet, but he knows
it will soon enough.
“In my personal opinion, I feel like the crowd is more lively at
the UFC compared to Strikeforce,” he said. “When a guy got hit, the
whole crowd was in an uproar.”
Certainly Larkin will look to give fans something to roar about
against Carmont. He plans on standing with his opponent, but he
also plans on Carmont eventually trying to take the fight to the
“Every fighter wants to see how it goes standing up,” Larkin said.
“Well, no. I have seen a couple of fights where guys come out and
shoot, but most of the guys want to test the waters, and once that
gets uncomfortable, then they want to go to their second nature. I
expect that when it doesn’t go his way standing up that he’s going
to try to take me down and do what he’s good at.”
Listen to the
full interview (beginning at 1:18:34).