Tomorrow night will mark a momentous evening for a handful of fighters who formerly called Strikeforce home and are finally getting a shot at success in the Octagon. Though the three competitors getting the most attention are set for action on the main card at UFC on FOX 7, middleweight Lorenz Larkin will also make his UFC debut at Saturday’s show where he’ll face streaking Frenchman Francis Carmont.
Larkin is best known for his unique style of stand-up, drawing comparisons to some of the best strikers in the sport based on the variety of angles and techniques he employs. However, the 26-year old doesn’t want people thinking he would rather look good in the cage than come away with a win.
“I try to stay away from the word (flashy) because everybody thinks ‘flashy’ is guys putting their faces out and sticking their tongues out. It’s not about that. It’s just the things that guys throw,” explained Larkin in an interview with Sherdog. “You look at Anthony Pettis or you look at anybody that just does crazy, awkward kicks, but they consider it flashy. It is flashy, but they have bad intentions behind it.
“Like a flashy kick with somebody who’s really trying to throw it and it connects on the guy, it’s going to put him down. It’s not like something we’re doing just for the fans,” added Larkin, concluding his thought.
The 13-0 Larkin went on to say he’s taken the same approach since starting out as an amateur boxer looking for an advantage over adversaries.
“Everybody gets taught the exact same way, how to throw the jab, their two and their three and their uppercut, and I always tried to do things on an awkward level as far as how could I throw my two a little different so it’s awkward and people don’t see it? How can I throw this kick at a different angle? I always looked at things like that, and it kind of just grew into my own style,” said Larkin of his skill-set.
Carmont-Larkin are set to square off on the FX-portion of the preliminary pairings starting at 5:00 PM EST.
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