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UFC On FOX 7: Francis Carmont Vs. Lorenz Larkin

Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin

The final middleweight contest of the night is next featuring Francis Carmont (20-7) putting his nine-fight win streak up against the debuting Lorenz Larkin (13-0). Larkin moved down from light heavyweight while in Strikeforce, defeating Robbie Lawler last year. The referee will be Mike Beltran.

Round 1: Carmont starts early with a kick to the lead leg, as both excel in Muay Thai. Carmont doing a fine job of switching stances and levels, really keeping Larkin off balance. Carmont the first to shoot for a takedown, switching from one leg to another and finally getting it. Larkin pounces right back up, though, and lands some nice elbows like Travis Browne did last weekend while fighting off another takedown. Carmont throws Larkin’s leg on his shoulder to try for the takedown, but Larkin keeps his balance and fends it off. Just incredible balance and flexibility by Larkin.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Round 2: Carmont again controlling the Octagon, engaging the action. Larkin looking to work the lead-leg with his kicks to start. Larkin counters a big right with a left of his own. Both miss spinning side kick attempts, and Larkin lands a shot to the knee with an oblique kick. Uppercut lands from Larkin, as Carmont grapples for a takedown. Series of elbows to the head by Larkin while tied up against the fence. Powerful right leg kick from Larkin, who seems more comfortable and willing to exchange. Overhand right from Carmont connects. According to the UFC stats crew, Larkin defended seven takedowns before being dropped late in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Larkin

Round 3: Just the second time through six fights we’ve reached the third round. Carmont looking to go, coming in, taking the back off a failed takedown attempt and locking in a hook. Carmont trying to loosen him up with some punches and jumps on his back, but Larkin fights it off with ease. Incredible takedown defense by the Strikeforce import. Carmont with a takedown and Larkin is looking to work a submission with just under two minutes to go. A minute left and Larkin nearly locks in a kimura, but is unable to keep hold of it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Larkin

Francis Carmont def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)