by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
2003 NCAA Division 1 National Champion, Eric Larkin, will be making the move from wrestling to mixed martial arts in 2010, and has signed on with a manager while training for his debut fight.
A four-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State, Larkin has trained wrestling with fighters for some time now working with Jamie Varner, and other top notch fighters in Arizona.
Larkin also served as an assistant coach at Arizona State, where their wrestling program has produced some of the best fighters in MMA today including Ryan Bader, C.B. Dollaway, and another coach turned fighter in Aaron Simpson.
Winning the NCAA Division 1 title at 149lbs in 2003, Larkin has signed on with the Martin Advisory Group to handle his MMA management. His new management team also works with top stars like Bader, Dollaway, and former WEC champion, Carlos Condit.
“Eric Larkin is a decorated wrestler and Dan Hodge Award Winner and we are thrilled to have such a high caliber athlete join our team,” said Dave Martin of Martin Advisory Group.
Larkin will be working at the Lion’s Den in Scottsdale, Arizona as he works towards making his debut later this year. At this time it’s not confirmed which weight class Larkin will compete at, but based on his wrestling credentials, lightweight is the most likely home for the former champion.
Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more information on Larkin’s MMA debut as it becomes available.