Lorenz Larkin

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Lorenz Larkin
U.S. Army Soldiers operate Engagement Skills Trainer weapons with Brian Garcia, left, MMAjunkie radio host, Lorenz Larkin, center, UFC welterweight fighter, and Ben Rothwell, right, UFC heavyweight fighter, at Joint Base (cropped).jpg
Born (1986-09-03) September 3, 1986 (age 33)
Riverside, California, United States
Other namesThe Monsoon
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight (2009–2010)
Light Heavyweight (2010–2012)
Middleweight (2012–2015)
Welterweight (2015–present)
Reach72 12 in (184 cm)[2]
StyleBoxing, Kung Fu
Fighting out ofRiverside, California, United States
TeamMillennia MMA Gym
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3][4]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout11
By decision10
By knockout2
By decision5
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Lorenz Larkin (born September 3, 1986) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2009, Larkin formerly competed for Strikeforce and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He holds notable victories over Robbie Lawler, Jorge Masvidal, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Andrey Koreshkov and Neil Magny.


Larkin was born and raised in Riverside, California as one of nine siblings. Larkin began training in boxing at a young age and also played football, but soon gave it up because he did not excel at it or other team sports. He attended Riverside Polytechnic High School.[5] Afterwards, he continued boxing but was not able to compete as much as he would like to, due to his father's objections. Larkin also felt that he was too short to be a professional boxer in the heavyweight division, so he took up Kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu which led him to mixed martial arts. Prior to his career in mixed martial arts, Larkin also trained in Kung Fu. In an interview, Larkin stated he enjoyed the martial arts movies that were popular around the time he was growing up and wanted to be a Kung Fu fighter.[6][7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Larkin holds records of 5-0 and 10-0 in amateur boxing and amateur mixed martial arts, respectively, with one of those wins coming against Heavyweight prospect Walt Harris. Making his professional MMA debut in August 2009, he compiled an undefeated record of 12-0.


Larkin made his debut in the Strikeforce promotion on April 1, 2011, against kickboxer Scott Lighty at Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm, replacing Satoshi Ishii on a week's notice.[8] Larkin won the fight via technical knockout in the second round and earned praise for his impressive performance against a veteran fighter, while being largely unheard of himself.[9]

Larkin returned to the promotion in June 2011. He faced Gian Villante and won the fight via unanimous decision. Villante controlled the first round from top position but Larkin turned it around in the second round by keeping the fight on the feet and landing many strong kicks to the legs of his opponent. Larkin kept this up in the third round while also scoring an unexpected takedown in the last ten seconds.

Larkin was originally scheduled to headline the next challengers event against Virgil Zwicker but Zwicker pulled out due to an injury.[10] Larkin instead faced Nick Rossborough and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Larkin next faced Muhammed Lawal at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine. He lost the fight via KO in the second round, the first loss of his professional career. However, the result was overturned and changed to a No Contest after Lawal tested positive for steroids (Drostanolone).[11]

For his next fight, Larkin dropped down to Middleweight division. He faced heavy-handed future UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler on July 14, 2012, at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Larkin was to challenge Luke Rockhold for the championship on November 3, 2012, at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir. The event was to be held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,[13] but was cancelled in October 2012.[14] The fight was rescheduled and set to take place on January 12, 2013.[15] However, Rockhold once again pulled out of the fight due to injury.[16] Larkin was then scheduled to face Ronaldo Souza,[17] but the fight never materialized.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In January 2013, the Strikeforce organization was closed by its parent company Zuffa. A list of fighters scheduled to be brought over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship was released in mid-January and Larkin was one of the fighters listed.[18]

On February 9, 2013, the UFC announced that Larkin would make his debut against Francis Carmont at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez in San Jose, California.[19] He lost the fight due to a controversial unanimous decision with many major MMA media scoring the fight as a win for Larkin.[20][21][22][23]

For his second UFC appearance, Larkin faced Chris Camozzi on November 6, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 31.[24] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Larkin faced Brad Tavares on January 15, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 35. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Larkin faced Costas Philippou at UFC Fight Night 40.[25] He lost the back-and-forth fight via knockout in the first round.

Larkin was expected to face Derek Brunson at UFC 176.[26] However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Larkin/Brunson was rescheduled and eventually took place on August 30, 2014, at UFC 177.[27] Larkin lost the fight by unanimous decision.

For his next fight, Larkin moved down to the welterweight division. He faced John Howard on January 18, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 59.[28] Larkin won the fight via TKO in the first round. The performance also earned Larkin his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[29]

Larkin faced Santiago Ponzinibbio on June 27, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 70.[30] Larkin won the fight via TKO in the second round and earned a Fight of the Night bonus.[31][32]

Larkin faced Albert Tumenov on January 2, 2016, at UFC 195.[33] He lost the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[34]

Larkin faced Jorge Masvidal on May 29, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 88.[35] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[36]

Larkin faced Neil Magny on August 20, 2016, at UFC 202.[37] He won the bout via TKO in the first round, after hurting his opponent with leg kicks and finishing the fight with elbows.[38]

Bellator MMA[edit]

In March 2017, Larkin announced he had signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA.

In his debut, Larkin faced welterweight champion Douglas Lima at Bellator NYC on June 24, 2017. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[39]

In his second fight for the promotion, Larkin faced British striker Paul Daley on September 23, 2017, at Bellator 183.[40] Despite a good first round where he stunned Daley multiple times, He went on to lose the fight via knockout in the second round.[41]

Larkin faced Fernando Gonzalez in a catchweight bout at Bellator 193 on January 26, 2018.[42] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[43]

Larkin was expected to face Erick Silva at Bellator 207.[44] On October 1, 2018, news surfaced that Silva pulled out of the fight due to an injury,[45] and he was replaced by Ion Pascu.[46] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[47]

Larkin was expected to headline Bellator 219 against Andrey Koreshkov on March 29, 2019, but withdrew from the fight due to an injury.[48][49] The bout with Koreshkov eventually headlined Bellator 229 on October 4, 2019.[50] Larkin won the back-and-forth bout via split decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 21 wins 7 losses
By knockout 11 2
By decision 10 5
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21–7 (1) Andrey Koreshkov Decision (split) Bellator 229 October 4, 2019 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Win 20–7 (1) Ion Pascu Decision (unanimous) Bellator 207 October 12, 2018 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 19–7 (1) Fernando Gonzalez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 193 January 26, 2018 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States Catchweight (180 lbs) bout.
Loss 18–7 (1) Paul Daley KO (punches) Bellator 183 September 24, 2017 2 2:40 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 18–6 (1) Douglas Lima Decision (unanimous) Bellator NYC June 24, 2017 5 5:00 New York City, New York, United States For the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.
Win 18–5 (1) Neil Magny TKO (elbows) UFC 202 August 20, 2016 1 4:08 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–5 (1) Jorge Masvidal Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt May 29, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 16–5 (1) Albert Tumenov Decision (split) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–4 (1) Santiago Ponzinibbio TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero June 27, 2015 2 3:07 Hollywood, Florida, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 15–4 (1) John Howard TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver January 18, 2015 1 2:17 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Welterweight debut; Performance of the Night.
Loss 14–4 (1) Derek Brunson Decision (unanimous) UFC 177 August 30, 2014 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 14–3 (1) Costas Philippou KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva May 10, 2014 1 3:47 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Loss 14–2 (1) Brad Tavares Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou January 15, 2014 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 14–1 (1) Chris Camozzi Decision (unanimous) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 3 5:00 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States
Loss 13–1 (1) Francis Carmont Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 13–0 (1) Robbie Lawler Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy July 14, 2012 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States Middleweight debut.
NC 12–0 (1) Muhammed Lawal NC (overturned) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine January 7, 2012 2 1:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally a KO (punches) win for Lawal; overturned after he tested positive for drostanolone.
Win 12–0 Nick Rossborough Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough September 23, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–0 Gian Villante Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry June 24, 2011 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States
Win 10–0 Scott Lighty TKO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm April 1, 2011 2 3:15 Stockton, California, United States
Win 9–0 Mike Cook TKO (punches) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 4 February 25, 2011 2 3:32 Riverside, California, United States Non-title bout.
Win 8–0 Hector Carrillo KO (head kick and punches) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 3 November 19, 2010 1 2:57 Los Angeles, California, United States Won the MEZ Sports Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Rick Slaton KO (punches) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 2 September 11, 2010 1 1:06 Riverside, California, United States
Win 6–0 João Assis KO (slam) Respect in the Cage July 24, 2010 1 1:43 Hollywood, California, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 5–0 Scott Carson KO (punches) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium at the Palladium June 12, 2010 1 2:54 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 4–0 Rick Guillen KO (punches) Champion Promotions: Clash of the Gladiators 2 May 8, 2010 1 2:30 Palm Springs, California, United States
Win 3–0 Mychal Clark Decision (split) Respect in the Cage 4 April 17, 2010 3 5:00 Pomona, California, United States
Win 2–0 Giovanni Sarran Decision (unanimous) Chaos in the Cage 6 February 27, 2010 3 5:00 Lancaster, California, United States
Win 1–0 Lateef Williams KO (elbow) Fist Series: SummerFist III August 15, 2009 1 0:40 Irvine, California, United States


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