Top-ranked welterweight Lorenz “Da Monsoon” Larkin (18-5) is headed to Bellator following a 10-fight stint in the UFC. News of Larkin’s addition to the Bellator roster was announced on Wednesday.
Bellator president Scott Coker welcomed Larkin into the fold on Twitter:
“Looking forward to seeing @da_MONSOON in the @BellatorMMA cage very soon. Welcome back Lorenz! #BellatorNation”
Larkin had been in free agency for several months after declining a contract-renewal offer from the UFC which he thought was too low. Larkin leaves the UFC after going 5-5 inside the octagon, but he is coming off back-to-back wins and has won four of his last five fights since debuting at welterweight in 2015. The Riverside, California is ranked in the top 10 on all major independent ranking systems.
This past August Larkin scored a first-round TKO win over Neil Magny at UFC 202. Magny currently holds the No. 6 spot on the UFC’s official welterweight rankings. And prior to that Larkin had won a split decision over Jorge Masvidal last May. And Masvidal currently holds the No. 5 spot on the UFC’s official welterweight rankings.
“Da Monsoon” also holds TKO wins over Santiago Ponzinibbio and John Howard since moving down to the 170-pound division.
Larkin had been competing under the Strikeforce banner before the UFC purchased the organization and acquired their roster, so he has previous experience fighting under Scott Coker who was the promotion’s president. During his time with Strikeforce Larkin’s most notable victory was a unanimous decision over Robbie Lawler, who later went on to win the UFC welterweight title in 2014.
A striking specialist, the 30-year-old Larkin has finished 11 of his 18 wins via knockout and he should make an exciting addition to Bellator’s burgeoning roster.