Lorenz Larkin has made a name for himself in the Strikeforce Challengers series, having racked up three wins there to run his career record to a perfect 12-0. Saturday night, however, Larkin will up the ante when he takes on Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine.
Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine is set for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The main event pits Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold against Keith Jardine. The main card, which includes Larkin-Lawal, will be broadcast on Showtime.
For Larkin, this is a perfect opportunity to face off against one of the elite fighters in Strikeforce. Lawal is a former 205-pound champion looking to get back in the title hunt for the vacant belt.
“I look at it like, what do I really have to lose,” said Larkin, while a guest on MMAjunkie.com Radio recently. “I’m not looking at it like I’m going to lose, but what is the worst outcome of this fight for me? I’m 25. I’ve only got three fights in Strikeforce. He has way more to lose than me.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has talked about pairing off Lawal and a few others in 2012 to crown a new Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. The title has remained vacant since Dan Henderson left for the UFC.
“I’ve only been there since last April. And now I’m fighting for title contention, which is crazy to me,” Larkin said. “I was just excited to be on TV in April. If they didn’t give me the fight with ‘King Mo,’ then I wouldn’t care about the belt. But now, I’m not going to fight ‘King Mo’ and then ask to fight somebody lower than him and not go for the belt.”