Ex-UFC welterweight Lorenz Larkin will get an immediate title shot in his Bellator debut.
Unlike Rory MacDonald, Lorenz Larkin will be fighting for a title in his first Bellator fight. The recent free agent signing will make his promotional debut at Bellator 180, which will air on pay-per-view on June 24th. Lance Pugmire of the LA Times has the scoop:
Breaking on @latimessports: Riverside’s Lorenz Larkin @BellatorMMA debut vs. welterweight champion Douglas Lima on June 24 @TheGarden card.
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) March 23, 2017
Larkin (18-5, 1 NC) became a free agent after amassing a 5-5 record in 10 UFC fights. His last two were big wins though, over ranked fighters Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny. The UFC offered him a new contract, but he took the better deal from Bellator.
Lima (28-6, 10-2 Bellator) regained his title from Andrey Koreshkov in November in Israel after dropping it to him in July 2015. He has won 7 of his last 8 bouts overall.
That’s not the only title fight the promotion added to the card though. In addition to the 170-pound championship matchup, the lightweight belt will also be up for grabs when Michael Chandler defends against Brent Primus.
Chandler (16-3, 13-3 Bellator) won the vacant title by knocking out Patricky Freire in June of last year. He then successfully defended the belt by taking a decision over ex-UFC champ Ben Henderson in November.
Primus (7-0, 5-0 Bellator) is coming off a decision win over Gleristone Santos last April.
Bellator 180 goes down in Madison Square Garden on June 24th, and will be headlined by a grudge match between Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen.