Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson
Round 1: Larkin bounces on the outside. Brunson inches forward. They clinch and Larkin lands a knee to the body. Brunson presses him against the cage. Larkin circles free. Larkin lands to the body with a kick. Brunson looks for a takedown, but Larkin stuffs the attempt. Larkin steps in with a combination. Brunson rushes in with punches. Larkin backs away and misses with an uppercut. Brunson ties Larkin up and works to get the fight to the ground. Larkin gets loose. Brunson lands a big left hand. Brunson applies a guillotine choke. Larkin defends the submission attempt but gives up his back. He stands and Brunson drags him back to the canvas. Larkin works his way from half guard to full guard. He controls Brunson’s posture. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Brunson.
Round 2: Brunson misses with a huge left hand. Larkin switches stances. Brunson looks for a takedown, but Larkin shakes off the attempt. Larkin delivers a powerful kick to the body. Brunson presses forward working to get Larkin down. He does and lands in side control. Larkin gets to the half guard position and then to full guard. Brunson lands to the body. Larkin tries to use the cage to stand. Brunson hits him with right hands as he gets to a knee. Larkin gets to his feet and breaks free. He unloads with a combination. Brunson powers forward and takes Larkin down. He peppers Larkin with left hands and then lands a solid elbow. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Brunson.
Round 3: Larkin lands to the body with a kick. Brunson looks for a takedown but Larkin defends the attempt. Larkin lands a body kick. He lands a left hand on the inside. Brunson secures a takedown. He works for the half guard position. He delivers short shots to the body and head. Larkin works for some space on the bottom. Larkin looked to isolate a leg, but Brunson recognized it and pulled his leg free. Brunson continues to maintain top control. Larkin tries to push off the fence, but Brunson keeps his position. Larkin used the cage to stand. Brunson stays on him. Larkin lands a big elbow inside the clinch. He goes after Brunson, but it’s too little too late. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brunson.
The judges scored the fight for Brunson by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.
I had an exciting fight last time – I won Fight of the Night, but unfortunately, I left with a loss and a broken jaw. Coming into this fight, I defiantly wanted to finish strong. I owed the fans a better fight and I owed the UFC a better fight. UFC is the toughest, but you go out there and get a win and get it done, and then do better next time. I need to get back out to Greg Jackson’s. He cornered me tonight, but I stayed home for this training camp so I could be with my daughters during the summer time. I just need to get back out there and get full camps in. I was definitely a little rusty out there, considering I haven’t fought since January and I had a broken jaw, so that played a factor in my performance tonight. I just need to keep getting better, that’s it.