Lorenz Larkin tried to cash in on his Bellator debut earlier tonight (Sat., June 24, 2017) at Bellator NYC live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, when he immediately jumped into the 170-pound deep end to challenge Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima.
The opening frame didn’t offer much of anything. Throughout a long feeling out period, Lima landed some crisp leg kicks while Larkin scored a combination for his efforts. In Round 2, Larkin started to press Lima with multiple combinations that seemed to hurt him. But in an exchange along the cage, Lima landed a devastating left hook that dropped Larkin to the canvas (shown below). The Brazilian champion jumped on the former UFC vet and landed bloody ground-and-pound consisting of mostly sharp elbows. Larkin would miraculously recover to land his own strikes before the end of the frame.
The champ @PhenomLima showing off his trademark fire power! #BellatorNYC pic.twitter.com/B6yOnAdaYL
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Round 3 saw a comfortable Lima open up on his feet, as the Bellator champion landed countless body kicks, along with a painful toe kick to the Larkin’s stomach, early and often. Larkin kept it moving as he tried to distance himself from Lima’s power, but it made it more difficult for “Monsoon” to land his own offense on the go. In the fourth round, both men came out slow. Lima stood his ground in the middle of the cage, as Larkin circled around and waited for his window of opportunity. Unfortunately, outside of a nice head kick along the cage, Larkin couldn’t do much damage. Lima kept sticking him with a lead right and began to find a home for his jab.
In Round 5, Larkin predictably came out a little more aggressive, stalking Lima down and pushing his back against the cage. But no matter what he did, Larkin’s offensive efforts were continuously blocked by the long arms of the champion. Lima did the best he could to limit Larkin’s late leap of faith, including landing his own shots before the bell rang.
In the end, after the second five-round title affair of the evening concluded, Lima walked away with the unanimous decision win and another Bellator title victory.
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Source:: mma mania