Round 1: Tavares takes the center of the cage. He lands first with an inside leg kick. Larkin answers with one of his own. Larkin leaps in with a superman punch. Tavares delivers a combination. He lands a hard outside leg kick. Larkin throws a high kick that’s blocked. Tavares continues to land leg kicks. He delivers one to the body before going back to the legs. Larkin returns fire with an outside leg kick. Larkin moves in with a combination. He lands a right hand. Tavares answers with a right hand counter off of a leg kick. Tavares lands to the body. Larkin rushes in and Tavares changes levels and works to get the fight to the ground. He does. Tavares works to take Larkin’s back in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tavares.
Round 2: Tavares inches forward. He moves in and lands a combination. Larkin just misses with an uppercut. He steps into the pocked and lands a combination. Tavares continues to land leg kicks. Tavares rushes forward with a combination from the body to the head. They exchange leg kicks. Larkin moves in and misses and Tavares lands a counter left hand. Tavares goes to the body with a kick. He’s the more active fighter. Tavares changes levels and drives forward for a takedown. He gets it and takes Larkin’s back. Larkin controls one of Tavares’ hands. Tavares delivers heel strikes to the thigh of Larkin. Larkin escapes and spins into Tavares. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tavares.
Round 3: Tavares steps in with a right hand to start the final round. Tavares continues to damage the lead leg of Larkin. Larkin moves forward but Tavares lands a right hand. Larkin delivers an elbow on the inside. Tavares answers with a right hand. Larkin moves in and lands. Tavares acts like he’s hurt and pushes off the cage and misses with a superman punch. Larkin lands to the body with a kick. Tavares looks for a takedown but Larkin stuffs it. Two minutes remain in the round. Larkin lets Tavares up. Tavares works for a takedown. Larkin delivers elbows to the side of Tavares’ head. He continues to land elbows. Tavares is blocking them with his hand. Larkin lands a big uppercut on the break. Tavares looks to get the fight to the ground again. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Larkin.
The judges scored the fight for Tavares by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.