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UFC 177: Derek Brunson Vs. Lorenz Larkin

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Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin

The conclusion to the prelims will feature middleweight action, as Derek Brunson (11-3) meets Lorenz Larkin (14-3).

Brunson had his two-fight win streak snapped by Yoel Romero this past January, while Larkin is looking for his first win since last year after dropping two straight.

Round 1: Larkin pops off several quick lets, but Brunson is backing him up against the fence and they clinch. Overhooks secured for Brunson, but he releases them and they separate. Larkin doing an incredible job of avoiding the takedown, but he eats a stiff knee to the body. They separate and Brunson lands a left. He immediately goes for a guillotine choke, but as Larkin goes to his back to defend, the hold is released. Brunson transitions to some big-time ground-and-pound and is hammering away. He’s now taken the back and is working a rear-naked choke, also throwing an elbow to the face. Complete domination for Brunson through three-plus minutes.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Brunson

Round 2: Larkin throwing heavy shots, but Brunson has been able to move away with ease. Body shot lands for Larkin, who sprawls a takedown but Brunson continues to push and scores with it. He’s now in side control and looking to pass. With just over a minute to go, Larkin is able to get out and goes to work. He lands a stiff shot, and Brunson sores with a trip takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brunson

Round 3: Brunson scores with a takedown after a minor exchange and he’s working to secure a potential head-and-arm choke. Larkin fighting it off, but it’s there for the taking of Brunson can secure things. Brunson hasn’t done a whole lot from the top position, but he’s doing just enough to keep the ref from standing them up and he’s two minutes away from the victory. Larkin pops out and is trying ot get free to land and he hits him with a stiff elbow.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brunson

Derek Brunson def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)