Brock Larson Says One FC Title Would Be His Crown Jewel, but Ben Askren Waits in the Wings

February 3, 2014
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Brock Larson is oneBrock Larson of the most experienced fighters in the welterweight division with 44 fights and 14 years of professional MMA experience. He has fought for the WEC, the UFC, and Strikeforce, but has never won a title.

He came close in a successful WEC stint, losing out to Carlos Condit in a fight for the 170-pound belt, but Larson has the opportunity to put that disappointment behind him and secure the most important win of his career when he takes on Nobutatsu Suzuki at ONE FC: War of Nations next month.

With the ONE FC 170-pound title will be on the line at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Larson knows that the stakes are high and this next fight could be career defining.

“To be the ONE FC champ would be the crown jewel of my fight career. I have watched some of his fights and he’s good, but I plan to do my thing and I think I’m better almost everywhere,” he said.

Both fighters have black belts, Larson in BJJ and Suzuki in Kyokushin Karate. The Japanese fighter has 10 knockout and TKO finishes out of ten wins, whereas the American has 26 submissions in his 37 wins, so statistics would suggest that this is a straightforward battle between a grappler and a striker.

Suzuki is renowned for his knees, but whereas he has never submitted an opponent, Larson does have six TKO wins to his name and warns that he is dangerous in every department.

“I think I’ll be able to take him down if I choose to, but I like testing my skills against anyone. Don’t sleep on my hands or they will put you to sleep!”

In his ONE FC debut last year, Larson moved up to middleweight to face feared Dutch kickboxer Melvin Manhoef. It was an intimidating assignment, going up a division to face one of the most accomplished strikers in the sport, but he sailed through with flying colors to win a unanimous decision.

Larson was able to take Manhoef down and unleashed a third-round assault, which left the Dutch fighter bloody, battered, and clearly behind on the scorecards. It was an impressive win and Larson admits that on that occasion, he wanted no part of his opponent’s striking.

“The fight with Manhoef was crazy; I didn’t want to get hit by that man. I would have liked to gotten the submission, but I’m happy with the win of course.”

Although Larson has competed occasionally at 185 pounds throughout his career, it is close to his walking weight, which puts him at a clear disadvantage against fighters who have to shed plenty of pounds to get down to the middleweight limit and he thinks he is more suited to the welterweight division.

“170 is a much better class for me. My height and strength is perfect for 170.”

Suzuki had initially been scheduled to challenge Adam Kayoom for the inaugural ONE FC welterweight title, but the Malaysian suffered an unfortunate injury in training that is set to keep him out until the middle of the year.

With Larson having registered a huge win in his ONE FC debut, he was next in line on Matt Hume’s list, but the American admits it was an unexpected offer.

“I was a little surprised. You don’t get offered a world title shot every day, but I love ONE FC and the rules work in my favor.”

ONE FC rules allow soccer kicks and elbows and he will be looking to utilize both techniques on March 14. Waiting in the wings for the winner is the promotion’s latest marquee signing, undefeated former Bellator champion Ben Askren, but Larson says he isn’t looking past his next opponent.

“Ben who? I’m just worried about Suzuki right now.”

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  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Damn, ONE FC as a crown jewel is sad

    • Aimed With “V”

      Why sad?
      What’s so sad to become a champ in the biggest promotion in Asia?

      I’m sure he will get more money than Bellator’s champs.
      Bibiano rejected UFC offer because Bellator pay more.

      • Aimed With “V”

        “One FC” paid more*

  • Aimed With “V”

    One wrestler has already felt the difference between One FC rules and American rules – Tony Johnson Jr. definitely wasn’t a fan of Lokteff’s soccer kicks, and his wrestling is very good.

    Suzuki has quite a brutal knees, and then comes the Asian crowd’s favorite – Adam Shahir Kayoom, the Muai Thai champ. He sure will know how to kick the head of a downed opponent that tries to take him down.

  • onepunch

    The One FC rule set doesn’t favour grapplers nor does it allow a fighter to rest on their laurels thinking they have won enough rounds. That’s why it is superior in entertainment and excitement becos their rule set allows for that. If Suzuki can snuff the takedowns or defend them, he’ll emerge as the victor otherwise he’ll lose. Looking forward to it. The overall content of a One FC show is far more entertaining than any other organizations. You can clearly see that despite not having big fighter names. Names come with ppl watching etc but it never guarantee a good fight, but thanks God, the One FC rule set makes the fight flow and entertaining, which if you’re fan of mma and not an organization, you will be entertained.

    • Aimed With “V”

      True that.
      Plus, they DO have names – they have Bibi, Aoki, Askren.
      Also, there are names that attract Asian crowd (their target) – they love Adam Kayoom, Kevin Belingon, Eddie Ng…