MMA: UFC 177-Larkin vs Brunson Lorenz Larkin started his MMA career as a light heavyweight. He dropped to middleweight in 2012, but has found mixed results. From all indications, a move down to the welterweight division is next.
Larkin (14-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC), who last fought at 185 pounds, suffered his third consecutive loss at UFC 177 when Derek Brunson (12-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) outworked him en route to a unanimous decision.
After putting together a 13-0 run to start his professional career, a streak that included wins over the likes of Robbie Lawler and Gian Villante under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner, “The Monsoon” has dropped off with four losses in five UFC appearances.
Larkin’s current slump has caused him to reconsider his fighting priorities, and it appears the UFC 177 loss sparked another change in weight class for the 27-year-old – this time to welterweight. “Sorry everybody but I think it’s my time to listen to my coaches and team and drop to 170 sorry about the fight,” Larkin on Monday said on his Twitter account.
Whether or not Larkin will have the chance to make his 170-pound debut under the UFC banner remains to be seen. Moments of success have been few and far between during his three-fight losing streak. Three-fight skids in the UFC often are welcomed with a release from the promotion.
There is no official word on Larkin’s employment status, but regardless, the decision to put a fresh coat of paint on his career may be just what’s needed to get back on the winning track. For complete coverage of UFC 177, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.