It wasn’t until Lorenz Larkin got home and watched his fight with Francis Carmont that he became angry, or perhaps was just baffled.

Robbery isn’t the word he used to describe his reaction, but his feelings were nonetheless clear.

“I was like, ‘I won that fight,’” Larkin told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).

At the announcement of unanimous scores for Carmont (21-7 MMA, 5-0 UFC) inside the octagon at HP Pavilion, where they squared off on the FX-televised preliminary-card of UFC on FOX 7, Larkin (13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) said he was shocked that all three judges favored the Frenchman by scores of 29-28. 

But despite the backstage proclamations of colleagues, who used the “R” word to describe the decision, and the public’s reaction to the fight from tweets and websites that had scored it for him, he didn’t share the outrage he felt.  

Not until he saw the fight with his own eyes did he fully appreciate what had happened. 

“To me, he took me down one time, and that was legitimately in his favor,” Larkin said. “But there were six seconds on the clock. He didn’t throw a punch; he just held my feet. I did give that to him. But the other time he took me down, I was offensive on the ground. I swept him, and I don’t know if I got any points for that.”

Carmont spent much of the middleweight fight trying to take down Larkin, whose cat-like balance kept him upright when most others would have fallen. Meanwhile, he countered Carmont’s advance with hard kicks and punches.

Larkin felt the strategy he used was far more effective in scoring points. 

“I could understand him pressuring me, but then it goes to the thing of just because somebody’s pressuring the fight doesn’t mean they’re controlling the fight,” Larkin said. “But the way I fight might not appeal to an MMA judge, because I stand in front of the guys, I catch punches, and I don’t know if from the judges’ (opinion), it’s ‘He’s getting hit.’ But I just look at it like, yeah, I’m backing up, but I’m not taking any abuse, and I’m countering.”

Even with his takedown defense, Larkin said it was the most time he’d spent on the ground during any of his fights. He said if he could do it all over again, he would have capitalized more on the positions he found himself in.

“The only regret I have in the fight is when I swept him with a kimura, I wish I would have held on to it,” Larkin said. “I wish I would have just Frank Mir‘d it.”

Larkin, though, chalks the whole experience up to a lession, albeit a painful one. The loss was the first recorded loss of his professional career (a TKO loss to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was changed to a no-contest when Lawal tested positive for a steroid metabolite), and now he’ll be forced to rebuild. 

Now vacationing in Las Vegas, Larkin will get started on that another day. 

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 7, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

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