After a near eight-month stint in free agency, welterweight Lorenz Larkin has officially announced that he has signed with Bellator MMA.
By signing a multi-fight deal with the Santa Monica-based promotion, Larkin brings an end to a four-year stint with the UFC and will now resume his fighting career under Scott Coker after bursting onto the scene under his leadership in the now-defunct Strikeforce.
Speaking with the Press Enterprise, Larkin outlined exactly why he signed with Bellator and what Bellator fans can expect of ‘The Monsoon’.
“It’s been a long process, I didn’t expect it to be that long,” said Larkin. “I wanted someone to get behind me and have some faith that I can deliver and I can be an asset to wherever I go and that’s what I felt like with Bellator. They pretty much checked off all the things that I was looking for.”
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) March 16, 2017
“I had talked with Scott during this whole process and Scott’s just a straight up shooter. I have nothing but good memories from Strikeforce.”
“They can expect me to get in there and fight my ass off like I always do,” Larkin continued. “I feel like I’m in a great time in my life. I have an organization and a city behind me and what else do I need?”
With the addition of Larkin to the promotion’s welterweight ranks, Bellator now has a dearth of quality 170 lbs fighters at its disposal and Bellator president Scott Coker is eager to see him in action.
“We are so happy to bring Lorenz back home,” Coker said. “There are a bunch of great matchups for him over here and I look forward to seeing his exciting style inside the Bellator cage soon.”
Larkin (18-5, 1 NC) last fought at UFC 202 in August and put on one of the performances of the year as he stopped the UFC’s #6 ranked Neil Magny inside the first round. The 30-year-old fighter extended his win streak to two heading into free agency and also holds notable wins over the likes of Robbie Lawler, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Jorge Masvidal and Gian Villante.
Larkin now becomes the latest in a long line of fighters to have made the jump over to Bellator from the UFC and the Californian fighter feels that he will be taken better care of with Bellator.
“I didn’t fight in the UFC just to be able to say I’m a UFC fighter; that doesn’t mean anything to me,” Larkin said. “I think a lot of guys think that way in the sport, as far in that organization or if they’re not even picked up yet, and that’s their goal — just to say ‘I’m a UFC fighter.’ But in reality that doesn’t mean anything if you’re not getting taken care of.”
“It used to be back in the day that the UFC was a super power, but a lot of organizations are coming up and it’s not like that any more.”
“My main thing is just looking for an organization that believes in me and wants to give me the shot. I feel like I’m an entertaining fighter, I’m a real fan favourite, a lot of fans love to watch me fight and I’m exciting.
“I’m one of those guys where I would rather try it and fail than never try it at all… I don’t make dumb decisions and this is one of the good ones I’ve made.”
Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219
From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game.
Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.
The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.
After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.
“Those insights are covering entire aspects of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“
Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”
He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”
As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed, force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.
The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).
Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221
UFC 221 in Perth has officially added a another Australian to the main card. Joining Robert Whittaker is the knockout legend Mark Hunt.
The Daily Telegraph first reported that Hunt will be stepping into the octagon to face #9 Curtis Blaydes. Some weren’t sure if we would ever see Hunt fight again after he was pulled from the main event in UFC Fight Night 21 against Marcin Tybura. The UFC removed him due to “medical concerns” while Hunt was stating he was perfectly fine.
After getting evaluated and cleared to fight by Australian and American doctors, it looks like his time has come to return. Hunt’s last fight was back in June when he derailed the Derrick Lewis hype train with a 4th round TKO win.
Hunt had been adamant about calling out #3 ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and trying to get that rematch booked, labelling Werdum a “chicken shit” and a “coward.”
Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who has an 8-1 record, is coming off a TKO victory due to doctor stoppage at UFC 217 in November. Since losing to now title challenger Francis Ngannou in April of 2016, Blaydes has rattled off three straight wins over Alexey Oleynik, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Cody East.
With all this momentum from the win streak, Blaydes looks to capitalize and win the biggest fight of his career against Hunt.
Angela Magana says she has been cut from the UFC
Angela Magana announced her release from the UFC on Twitter yesterday.
The now-former UFC strawweight was 0-3, in as many contests with the promotion. Her most recent loss came at the hands of Amanda Cooper, at UFC 218, on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims. A bout which she lost by TKO in the second round.
I immediately asked for a rematch with #ufc and they have released me after dropping 3 losses in a row. I'm thankful for the opportunities afforded to me through my journey with @ufc and am currently headed to the gym to train for my next win. #yourmajesty
— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) December 8, 2017
Her first opportunity arose with the UFC when she appeared on, The Ultimate Fighter 20. A #12 seed, in the tournament of strawweights, Magana lost her preliminary round bout to #4 seed, Aisling Daly. Unfortunately, her promotional debut, on The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 20, resulted in another loss. Tecia Torres defeated Magana that night via unanimous decision. The following summer, Magana fought Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson at The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 21. Waterson won by submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round of the bout.
Oddly enough, following her July 2015, loss to Waterson and before her final bout with the UFC, Magana seemingly instigated a feud between herself and current featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. A feud which began on social media and boiled over at the 2017 UFC Athlete Retreat. Disregarding her well-documented spat with Cris “Cyborg”, Magana managed her way through a storm of misfortune on her way to UFC 218.
After falling in love with Puerto Rico while on vacation, Magana moved to the island in the fall of 2016. Her entire life followed her there, as she began to train on the island she fell in love with. The tropical paradise turned to an apocalyptic wasteland following Hurricane Maria, the category five hurricane which decimated the area. The disaster became an extreme hindrance for the strawweight.
Her UFC 218 bout became official in early October. Yet, in spite of horrendous living conditions, she powered on through the natural disaster that left her home without power, until the week of the fight. Magana took to social media to tell fans that she would not stop fighting and is currently training for her next opportunity.
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