Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lorenz Larkin Represents Next Generation of Striking Purists

Who can deny a good ol', toe-to-toe, 'stand-up-like-men-and-fight' war? How many can reject the appeal of watching two ugly guys pound the living matter out of each other just to get their hand raised and make a few extra bucks? Not many. Like the expert geneticist Dana White once said, "Fighting is in our DNA, we get it and we like it." It just so happens that most like it when it happens toe-to-to, face-to-face.

Thanks to a promising faction of up-and-coming Strikeforce "challengers," a new era of hearty striking appears to be on the horizon. Last night's Strikeforce Challengers 16 was the latest proof that throwin' them thangs is still alive in a sport heavily dominated by wrestlers.

Of Challengers 16's stacked eight-bout card, one fighter in particular presents perhaps the most notable, or at least interesting, striking skill set -- Lorenz Larkin.

Lorenz Larkin is a twenty-four year old light heavyweigt from Riverside, California with strong background in boxing and Kung Fu, but has complemented his cage game with BJJ and Muy Thai. He's a stand-up fighter who's fighting style is as badass as his hairstyle. Rocking colorful highlights reminiscent of a 90's Dennis Rodman, Larkin's sole aim and purpose is to knock his opponent to the canvas.

Trying to find the right word to describe Lorenz Larkin proves a difficult task -- beast, monster, cyber-hybrid killing machine? How about chef? Larkin's recipe for success is simple -- mix it up. He stays busy on the attack with the perfect mix of punches, kicks, knees, and elbows, and a side dish of takedown defense to accent the plate. The result -- an undefeated 11-0 record of which eight bouts come by form of knockout.

Last night's unanimous decision over Gian Villante, a former college wrestler, was only Larkin's third time reaching a decision. And although he didn't succeed in adding Gian Villante to his growing list of KO/TKO victims, Larkin did show that his striking prowess is fair game for quality wrestling.

Precision striking, constant movement, and the ability to stuff takedowns could motivate the ascension of Lorenz Larkin to the upper ranks of the 205 lb. division, but is there room in the top ten for another young, high-flying prospect? Note names like Jon Jones, Ryan Bader, and Phil Davis -- all top ten twenty-somethings. It's still early in the game for Lorenz Larkin, and only time will tell just how far his talents will take him. But if the chef stirs and simmers his ingredients to the right consistency, bigger stages, titles, and rankings will surely pop up on the menu.

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Quick results from Strikeforce - Challengers 16 are as follows:

Strikeforce: Challengers 16
June 24, 2011
ShoWare Center,
Kent, Washington

Main Card
Caros Fodor def. James Terry
Matt Ricehouse def. Ryan Couture via unanimous decision
Lorenz Larkin def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision
Jason High def. Quinn Mulhern via unanimous decision
Julia Budd def. Germaine de Randamie via unanimous decision

Preliminary Card
Derek Brunson def. Jeremy Hamilton via unanimous decision
Eduardo Pamplona def. Jerron Peoples via first-round TKO
Trevor Smith def. Keith Berry via second-round technical submission

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