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Welterweight Lorenz Larkin Headed to Bellator

Via Twitter, Bellator president Scott Coker announced that Lorenz Larkin (18-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) will be joining the promotion.  Larkin is considered a highly ranked welterweight and was up for a contract renewal with UFC.  Larkin felt that UFC was lowballing him, and chose to fight out his contract and test the markets.  Rizin FF, Bellator and UFC all had interest in signing Larkin.

Larkin, the No. 8 ranked welterweight fighter according to’s welterweight MMA ranking, will be making his second run with Coker.  Larkin fought five bouts in the now-defunct Strikeforce, where he went 4-0 with one no contest.  When Strikeforce was acquired by UFC parent company Zuffa in 2011, Larkin migrated over.  Larkin struggled initially in UFC, going 1-4 and nearly getting released from his contract.  He rebounded, winning four of his last five fights and scoring victories over notable names such as Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny.

Larkin’s debut date is pending.  Coker’s tweet is shown below.


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