Former UFC welterweight contender Lorenz Larkin will make his Bellator MMA debut tomorrow night (Sat., June 24, 2017) at Bellator 180 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. Larkin will immediately jump into the deep end of the promotion by challenging current 170-pound king Douglas Lima. While Larkin has his work cut out for him on Bellator’s biggest card of 2017, at least the 30-year-old veteran is getting the public endorsement he feels he deserves.
“I have no complaints (about Bellator),” Larkin told MMAjunkie. “I feel like I probably got promoted out of this card more than my whole career with (the UFC). It’s kind of bittersweet, but it’s a great position I’m at right now, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world right now.”
Larkin, along with other former UFC fighters, is setting himself up for better promotion and financial potential as a member of the Bellator stable. Instead of wearing UFC’s Reebok gear for each and every one of his bouts, “Monsoon” can now relax and push his individual label.
“It just allows me to be myself,” Larkin said. “It allows me to wear what I want to wear. It allows me to be me. I’m not up here wearing a private school uniform. So, I can’t complain.”
While Larkin is being given a PPV spotlight in his Bellator debut this weekend, the MMA veteran must produce on arrival to take full advantage of the opportunity at hand. In order to do that, Larkin must get past one of the most dominant champions in Bellator history.
“A lot of the guys I’ve fought are strikers,” Larkin said of Lima. “He’s a great fighter, but there’s nothing in his repertoire that I’ve not seen before or strikes me as something I really, really need to train for. I felt like I’ve seen it before at one weight class or another. There’s nothing that’s surprised me. If anything, my style is going to frustrate him. From the fights I’ve seen, he’s never fought a guy like me.”
If Larkin is able to put his athleticism and power to use to dethrone Lima at Bellator 180, he’ll most likely be setting himself up to defend the welterweight title against fellow UFC defector Rory MacDonald later this year.
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