Brad Tavares wins his fifth straight fight by outpointing Lorenz Larkin
One of the quietest winning streaks in UFC history was just extended with another discreet victory.
Brad Tavares outpointed Lorenz Larkin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou on Wednesday at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Tavares (12-2) keeps winning, but he hasn’t finished a single opponent during this current run.
Tavares looked sharp with counterpunching early in the first round, but Larkin (14-2, 1 NC) landed some hard power shots. The round came to a close with Tavares getting a hold of Larkin’s back and dragging him down to the canvas. Neither guy took much damage.
The second round was largely uneventful. Tavares snared a takedown toward the end and got Larkin’s back, but didn’t do much in that position. Larkin was able to reverse and end up in Tavares’ guard. Again, there was little activity from there.
Larkin won the third round by being busier. Tavares, who was in good shape, wasn’t gassed. He just seemed to coast. It’s hard to ignore winning five straight fights, but a lackluster decision isn’t quite the way to get the UFC’s attention.
Larkin, meanwhile, didn’t seem his aggressive self, getting almost lulled to sleep by Tavares’ countering. He’s now lost two of his last three fights, though that first loss in this stretch was a controversial one against Francis Carmont.