Round 1: Philippou takes the center of the cage. He presses forward. They both land left hands. Philippou lands a left hand that staggers Larkin. Larkin clinches and delivers a knee to the body. Philippou moving forward. Larkin lands an outside leg kick. Philippou moves in with a left hand. He presses Larkin against the cage. Philippou works foot stomps. He delivers knees to the legs of Larkin. Larkin turns and separates. Larkin lands an uppercut followed by a combination. Larkin lands to the body with a kick. Larkin lands a superman punch. Philippou working in some kicks. Larkin lands a leg kick. Philippou counters with a right hand. Larkin fires back. Philippou closes the distance and lands a right hand. They work for position along the cage. They separate. Philippou lands a heavy leg kick. He moves in and lands a left hand. He lands a right that drops Larkin. Larkin was out before he hit the ground. Philippou face-plants Larkin.
The official time of the knockout was 3:47 of the first round.
“It was a big win for me. It followed two very disappointing losses. Before my last fight I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep fighting and it showed. I looked awful. But the UFC called and gave me another shot. Thank you Lorenzo, thank you Dana. And I showed them what I could do and that I’m back. I feel great!”
“I got caught with something I didn’t see. Philippou did all the right things.”