UFC Fight Night 35 took place at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., last night (Weds., Jan. 15, 2014). And during the evening's co-main event, Brad Tavares extended his win streak to five straight at the expense of 2-to-1 betting favorite, Lorenz Larkin.
The first round was a striking battle that failed to see either fighter gain the edge, though Larkin was far too tentative considering the situation he was in. Tavares earned a takedown toward the end of the second frame and quickly took Larkin's back.
While he failed to secure the submission, he went into the third clearly ahead on the scorecards and ultimately earned the decision.
See our complete breakdown of the fight here.
While detractors may point to the fact that Tavares has yet to secure a finish in over three years, it's hard to argue the fact that he is now an impressive 7-1 in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), with his sole defeat coming way back in July 2011.
During Wednesday night's post-fight press conference, Tavares spoke to what he hopes his next match up entails:
“I’ve just been trying to rally for those guys in the top 10, I beat I think number 13 tonight, so hopefully this fight gives me a top 10 guy.”
A big part of such decisions resides in the hands of UFC President Dana White, who followed up Tavares' request with confirmation of his increase in competition.
“It was a big fight, and he won it tonight, and he definitely climbs up the ladder.”
Where does Tavares fall in a stacked division currently lead by champion Chris Weidman?
Time will tell.