Highly ranked welterweight Lorenz Larkin is bound for Bellator.
The Viacom-owned promotion’s president, Scott Coker, today announced that Larkin (18-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) is joining the fold after an extended courtship that veered from disinterest to a deal (via Twitter):
Currently, Larkin sits No. 8 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.
It’s Larkin’s second stint with Coker after a five-fight run with the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion, where he went 4-0 with one no-contest. Larkin migrated to the UFC after the promotion was acquired by UFC parent company Zuffa in 2011.
Larkin’s Strikeforce stint ended with an impressive upset of now-former UFC welterweight champ Robbie Lawler. But in the UFC octagon, he struggled initially, going 1-4 and flirting with contractual release. He rebounded, however, and went 4-1 with wins over ranked notables Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny.