Lorenz Larkin and Brad Tavares set to throw down at Georgia show

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Lorenz Larkin and Brad Tavares are set to do battle inside the Octagon.
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.


Young, hungry, dynamic middleweights will pair off when Brad Tavares meets Lorenz Larkin at the UFC Fight Night scheduled for Jan. 15 in Duluth, Georgia.

The fight was confirmed by the UFC on Friday.

Given their respective fight styles, the bout should be ripe with fireworks. Tavares swings heavy leather and has a battle-tested chin, while Larkin is flashy and creative with his attacks, with demonstrable knockout power.

Tavares comes in riding momentum, with four straight wins and an 11-1 record. During his recent streak, he’s defeated Bubba McDaniel, Riki Fukuda, Tom Watson and Dongi Yang.

The 25-year-old Hawaiian could be within a win or two of cracking the division’s top 10.

Larkin has only a single career loss, in a wrestling-heavy fight to current No. 8 Francis Carmont. In his last bout, he earned a strong unanimous decision victory over Chris Camozzi at the recent UFC Fight for the Troops 3 event.

Larkin’s career mark is 14-1 with 1 no contest, and he holds a notable win over surging welterweight Robbie Lawler. Eight of his wins have come by knockout.

The matchup will take place as part of the fast-forming UFC Fight Night event headlined by fellow middleweights Luke Rockhold and Costa Philippou. The action takes place at the Arena at the Gwinnett Center.

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