Strikeforce Play-by-Play: Robbie Lawler vs. Lorenz Larkin

July 11, 2012
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Robbie Lawler vs. Lorenz Larkin

Round 1: They touch gloves and the main card is underway.  Both being careful in the early going.  Both throwing kicks but not landing.  They exchange and Lawler lands a right hand and Larkin is hurt.  Lawler cloes in and lands another right hand.  Larkin ties him up.  Lawler presses Larkin against the cage.  Larkin secures a trip takedown.  Larkin doing some ground and pound damage.  Lawler battles back to his feet.  Larkin presses him against the fence.  Larkin delivers a knee to the body.  Lawler turns him.  Larkin works punches on the inside.  Lawler goes on the offense.  He’s stalking Larkin.  Larkin lands a lead uppercut.  Lawler presses him against the cage. Larkin lands an uppercut and a knee.  Lawler lands a knee to the body.  Larkin lands a knee to the body that lifts Lawler.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Larkin.

Round 2: They take the center of the cage and exchange kicks.  Larkin lands an inside leg kick.  Lawler moving on the outside.  Larkin lands a straight right.  He lands knees to the body.  Lawler ties him up and drives him to the cage.  They separate.  Lawler misses with a left hand.  Lawler presses Larkin against the fence.  He changes levels and works for a single leg takdown.  Larkin applies a guillotine choke and drops down to tighten it up.  Lawler rolls and rolls.  He escapes!  They’re back standing.  Lawler ties up Larkin.  They work for position along the fence.  A minute remains.  Referee “Big” John McCarthy.  Larkin lands a high kick.  Lawler is cut.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Larkin.

Round 3: Lawler presses forward.  Lawler stalks him and lands a couple of kicks to the body.  Lawler pins him against the cage.  Lawler drops down for a single leg takedown.  He switches to the high-crotch takedown. Larkin defends it but Lawler lands a left hand. Lawler presses forward.  Larkin lands a left hook and misses with a spinning back fist.  Lawler unloads a high kick that’s blocked.  Lawler lands a counter right hand.  Larkin uses a push kick to create space.  Larkin lands a straight right hand.  They stand toe-to-toe in the center of the cage.  Larkin lands a lead uppercut.  A minute remains on the clock.  Leg kick lands for Larkin.  Lawler looking to counter.  Larkin delivers a combination followed by an elbow.  He lands another elbow.  Lawler goes on the offense in the final seconds.  He attempts a flying knee and misses with a huge right hand at the bell.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Larkin.

All three judges scored the fight 30-27 for Lorenz Larkin.  Larkin wins the unanimous decision.

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