The Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran handled his business in the Bellator 193 headliner, as he was awarded a unanimous verdict over Fernando Gonzalez on Friday at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Larkin (19-7, 1-2 Bellator) swept the scorecards with 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 marks from the judges, recording his first win in three starts under the Bellator flag.
Gonzalez (27-15, 7-2 Bellator) had no answer for the speed disadvantage at which he found himself. Larkin tore into the Team Quest rep with a variety of strikes, from jumping oblique kicks and standing elbows to simple but effective jab-cross combinations. Gonzalez had issues with output for much of the fight, as Larkin often answered his single punches and kicks with two or three of his own. “The Monsoon” had Gonzalez teetering on the brink of being stopped late in the third round, where he dazed the well-traveled Californian with a right hand and then unloaded with left hands, elbows and a jumping knee along the fence.
BELLATOR 193 QUICK RESULTS:
Lorenz Larkin vs. Fernando Gonzalez — Larkin UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.
Saad Awad vs. J.J. Ambrose — Awad 30-27 X3.
Kendall Grove vs. AJ Matthews — Matthews SD 29-28, 28-29, 30-27.
Jake Smith vs. Steve Kozola — Smith KO 0:57 R1.
Ben Beebe vs. Everett Cummings — Cummings TKO 2:12 R1.
Mike Andaya vs. Julio Aguilera — Andaya UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.
Andrew Natividad vs. Justin Lawrence — Lawrence UD 30-27 X3.
DeMarcus Brown vs. Joshua Jones — Jones via sub (neck crank) 3:02 R1.
Tyrell Fortune vs. Joe Hernandez — Fortune 30-26 X3.
Moses Murrietta vs. Chris Herrera — Murrietta KO 2:40 R1.
Tim Riscen vs. Mark Vorgeas — Vorgeas KO 2:57 R1.
Tyree Fortune vs. Michael Quintero — Fortune 29-28 X3.