July 14th, 2012.
In his last fight with Strikeforce,defeats current UFC welterweight champion via unanimous decision at Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs Kennedy."
Nine months later, Larkin made his Octagon debut, losing a hotly contested decision toin a bout in which he performed very well, especially considering how tough the match up was.
After a bounce back victory overin late 2013, Larkin hit a major career slump last year, losing three straight in uninspiring performances. Larkin either seemed sluggish, or outmatched in bouts he very well could have won in 2014.
His most devastating loss came at the hands of Costas Philippou, who viciously knocked out the Millennia MMA product in the very first round.
Even though he was not performing up to par, there was an obvious spark -- flashes of brilliance if you will -- in his fight style. Of course, his savvy striking arsenal lent to the idea something absolutely wild could happen when he steps into the Octagon, making him more noteworthy than most fighters on a losing streak.
So instead of giving Larkin the boot like UFC brass usually would to a fighter on a three-fight losing skid, "The Monsoon" was offered one more crack after suggesting a move down to welterweight.
For a man who once fought at light heavyweight, the suggestion seemed a bit extreme. That was of course before Larkin made his way to the scale on Saturday, looking the part of a welterweight, and more importantly making the 171-pound limit.
Then UFC Fight Night 59 came around (results here), and it was time for the California native to win or get the dreaded UFC pink slip.
Well he won. And he did it marvelous and violent fashion.
"The Monsoon" hitwith a tidal wave of aggression and speed unlike anything we have seen from Larkin thus far in his career. His hand speed at middleweight was fast, but at welterweight it was blinding.
The fight-ending combination led off by a blistering right hand and followed up by two devastating left hooks prior to the onslaught on the cage that finally caused Herb Dean to stop the bout was stunning as it was tremendous.
Larkin had never looked better, and as he stormed across the cage, gazing with a deadly stare into the camera as his defeated opponent wilted in the background, the former Strikeforce product was sending a message.
Larkin was telling the welterweight division be prepared ... because a "Monsoon" is coming.
For complete UFC Fight Night 59 results and coverage of all the night's action click here.