July 14, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Lorenz Larkin (black shorts) fights against Robbie Lawler at MMA Strikeforce at the Rose Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
If you're like the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) fanbase, you probably wondered how exactly Lorenz Larkin lucked into a middleweight title shot against Luke Rockhold on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the Strikeforce: "Cormier vs. Mir" event.
Scott Coker has your answer and no, it's not due to lack of depth (uh-huh).
"If you look at Lorenz Larkin's record when he was fighting at 205, he had the one loss with 'King Mo,' who tested positive for that fight and it was ruled a no-contest, so he had an undefeated record. And he had such an impressive performance with Robbie. When we talked about it (after the fight), I hadn't had a chance to talk to Sean yet and see what his thoughts were. But I feel really good about this fight because Lorenz, to me honestly, is probably the most dangerous striker in MMA right now. He reminds me of a K-1 fighter back in the day with just tremendous kicking ability, good movement, great boxing skills. The guy took it to Robbie pretty good, and that's really what got him the shot with Luke. That's how it turned out. Jacare, in my mind, after Lorenz now, he'll be the No. 2 contender."
That's a real statement made by the talking head at Strikeforce, the number two MMA promotion in the world. To his credit, Larkin is, in fact, undefeated after his loss to Muhammed Lawal was overturned due to a failed drug test.
He was also impressive in his middleweight debut, a unanimous decision victory over Robbie Lawler back on July 14 in Portland. But did that victory really make him worthy of a crack at the middleweight crown?
Ronaldo Souza has an argument to make that he's far more deserving, especially considering he's been more impressive in his past few bouts but he already owns a loss to Rockhold late last year. Perhaps that's why Larkin leapfrogged him.
You Maniacs okay with the championship match-up? And what of Coker's statement that Larkin is the most dangerous striker in MMA right now? Sound off!