Lorenz Larkin made the drop from light heavyweight down to middleweight at Saturday’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy in Portland, Ore., and it proved to be a great decision.

Lawler opened strong in the first round, coming out with an onslaught of kicks and punches. He staggered Larkin early on in the fight, but couldn’t find the finishing shots to put him down and out, and that is where Larkin turned the corner.

After surviving Lawler’s initial attack, Larkin started taking control, utilizing his Thai clinch to soften Lawler up with knees to the body and open him up for short uppercuts throughout the remainder of the fight.

Larkin used a knee to open a cut on the top of Lawler’s head in the second round and never slowed down.

He didn’t exactly throw caution to the wind, even when Lawler did, but Larkin did keep the pressure on for the majority of the fight, using his reach advantage to land power punches and keep Lawler on his back foot.

In the end, Larkin won a unanimous decision, all three judges scoring the fight 30-27 in his favor.

“It was hard. I’m tired of messing with those big guys at 205, man,” Larkin said about the weight cut after the fight, but he felt it was worth all the effort, feeling much more competitive at 185 pounds.

“I’m happy man. I stood up with Strikeforce’s most deadly striker.”

Follow @KenPishna on Twitter or e-mail Ken Pishna.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Benedict Ang talks ONE Championship debut, future ambitions as a fighter

  • a day ago
  • 0 views

At just 19 years of age, Benedict Ang has the mixed martial arts (MMA) world at his feet and after running up a 6-0 amateur record, the Singaporean made his professional debut at ONE: "Warrior's Ques read news >>

UFC reveals first Filipina octagon girl, Red Dela Cruz, who'll debut at UFC Fight Night 66

  • 16 days ago
  • 25 views

PASAY, Philippines – The UFC today announced the addition of the company’s first Filipina octagon girl, Red Dela Cruz.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC announces debut South Korean event will be held on Nov. 28

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC has visited Japan, the People's Republic of China, and the Philippines in its quest to establish itself in Asia. Next on the list: South Korea. Saturday, the company announced its debut event read news >>

Scotland's Joanne Calderwood meets Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 72 in Glasgow

  • 7 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC’s debut in Scotland has a women’s fight added to the lineup featuring one of the country’s own against one of her “TUF 20? castmates.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Video: 'Countdown to UFC 187: Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson' full segment

  • 12 days ago
  • 19 views

Did you miss Sunday’s debut of “Countdown to UFC 187,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the full segment devoted to headliners Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.Filed under: News, UFC, Vide read news >>

Legacy FC 43 heads to Minnesota with Krantz-Larson title fight, Volkmann-Ottow

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

Legacy FC makes its Minnesota debut on July 17, and a title fight headlines the card.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

UFC 187 results: Islam Makhachev impresses in debut with submission of Leo Kuntz

  • 6 days ago
  • 9 views

LAS VEGAS – Welcome the next Dagestani prospect to the UFC’s octagon. Islam Makhachev, a Sambo champion and pupil of top lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, ran roughshod over fellow newcomer read news >>

Ilir Latifi meets Hans Stringer at UFC Fight Night 72 in Scotland in July

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

The UFC’s debut in Scotland in July has another fight added to the docket with light heavyweights Ilir Latifi and Hans Stringer. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 66 attendance: UFC scores sellout in Philippines debut

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 views

PASAY, Philippines – Today’s UFC Fight Night 66 event marked the organization’s debut in Philippines. It also marked a sellout.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Joseph Duffy meets Ivan Jorge at UFC Fight Night 72 in Scotland

  • 21 days ago
  • 7 views

UFC Fight Night 72, which marks the UFC’s debut in Scotland, has its first fight.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: