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Lorenz Larkin Makes UFC Debut After Missing Out On TUF

Lorenz Larkin’s UFC journey almost came a little bit sooner. About two years ago, Larkin was set for The Ultimate Fighter before the promotion pulled the plug on having light heavyweights.

“I believe that was 2010 or early 2011,” said Larkin on The MMA Hour. “It was back when they were going to have a 185 [pound] and 205 season and they kind of just canned it. They just did 185. They cancelled the 205 season.”

Instead of joining the reality show, Larkin hopped the Strikeforce train. He had four wins for them and a losa that was overturned to a no contest. That was because champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal failed a post-fight drug test. Larkin dropped to middleweight over the summer.

Larkin continues his middleweight run against Francis Carmont. The French fighter has won four straight for the UFC. He used a rear naked choke to defeat Magnus Cedenblad and Karlos Vemola.

The two are set for the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 7. It comes from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.